Dhyana is having a blank mind?
Well, like I said, it’s a blank mind, but in a good sense.
“Blank” oftentimes connotes “inactive” and “non-
How do I know if I’m having a blank mind versus your blank mind?
When in a state of Dhyana, or meditation, you might experience any or all of the following: (1) Somehow your consciousness has expanded beyond your body –
(6) An ability to perceive with a sense of innocence: you may have seen something a thousand times, but in this state it seems new, and you regard it with renewed curiosity; (7) Amid this inner stillness there’s a quiet joy and open-heartedness; and finally, (8) you might experience a subtle sense of merging with what you’re perceiving, borne out of the clarity of your perception –the seer and the seen become one.
Wow, dude! What a trip! But all the times I tried sitting still (if you count time-
First of all, you can’t make yourself feel any of these. They can’t be forced; Dhyana or meditation comes about naturally when you remove the blocks to meditation. The blocks are physical, emotional, and intellectual; yoga’s eight limbs seek to chip away at those blocks from various directions.
Still, dude, I’ve been practicing yoga for a while (well, okay, two weeks) and never felt those cool things!
You never know how close or far you are from a meditative experience. You may encounter a state of Dhyana on your first yoga session or only after many sessions; you may experience it spontaneously amid everyday living; and you may experience it through means other than yoga, since yoga is not the only way to Dhyana. There are in fact many other practices involving the use of sound, prayer, music, being in nature, and Christian, Sufi, Taoist, and Buddhist practices. When you really visit this state of being often enough (or deep enough), then you get to Samadhi. Which is the last limb in the tree of yoga.