“Without leaving his house, one can know everything that is necessary. Without leaving himself one can grasp all wisdom.”
In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (written advice for yoga practitioners), it lists the three stages for training the mind:
- Concentration Dharana, whose aim is to focus the inner experience
- Meditation Dhyana, whose aim is to expand the inner experience
- Contemplation Samdhi, whose aim is to deepen the inner experience
People meditate for different reasons, and receive many benefits. Most people know that meditation is known to reduce stress. In addition, current research shows that meditation can lower your blood pressure and reduce pain. It's been shown that it increases our immune system. It can improve your sleep and help you focus. It causes the pituitary gland in our brain to release endorphins and elevates our mood. Studies show it alters brain activity to give us positive emotional experiences.
People meditate in different ways, there is not one single way to meditate. Some find a quiet place with no distractions is what works for them. Others find wide-angle vision meditation in the outdoors works best for them. Different methods may work better on different days, depending on your circumstances. There is no wrong way to meditate.
Meditating with the Chakras can help you identify and concentrate on different areas. Some people find it helpful to do a quick scan of their chakras and find what needs balancing when they wake each morning. Using gemstones, eating certain foods associated with the chakras, dressing in the color of the chakra that needs balancing, practicing certain yoga poses, or looking at art that focuses on chakras can all help.
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