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Dhyana Explained: The Final Step Toward Meditation

When everything else falls away and we are absorbed in the present moment, we fully experience Dhyana. Dhyana is the final step toward meditation as described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. It is sustained concentration and unshakable presence. Dhyana can be simply translated as “meditation.” But the word meditation has so …

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Listening Meditation – One Mind Dharma

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Listening Meditation (Last Updated On: July 22, 2019) This week’s meditation is on mindfulness of hearing. This is a sense-door on which we don’t often focus specifically. However, we can use the sense-door of hearing to tune into the impermanent nature of experience, as well as the way the mind …

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Guided Meditation – Mental Responses and Reactions

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Guided Meditation – Mental Responses and Reactions (Last Updated On: July 4, 2019) Today’s meditation is a bit of a different practice. We will be observing our experience in an open awareness practice as we often do. However, we are adding in a piece that is often left out: recognizing …

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Listening Meditation – Mindfulness of Hearing

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(Last Updated On: June 17, 2019) We have somebody in our online meditation group who has requested mindfulness of hearing practices before. She finds it to be an effective way to be present, practice mindfulness, and collect the attention. Although everyone does not have the same experience as she, I …

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Body Scan Meditation – One Mind Dharma

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Body Scan Meditation (Last Updated On: June 17, 2019) Today’s meditation is a guided body scan practice. We move through the body, observing each part with mindfulness. This is a practice in the First Foundation of Mindfulness, Mindfulness of the Body. To start, we’ll cultivate the intention of metta, or …

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U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy Okay. Smith’s Soulful Meditation on the Looping, Haunting Mystery of Being – Brain Pickings

“There is, in sanest hours, a consciousness, a thought that rises, independent, lifted out from all else, calm, like the stars, shining eternal,” Walt Whitman wrote as he contemplated identity and the paradox of the self — that all-pervading yet ever-shifting sieve of feelings, beliefs, values, memories, and sensibilities through …

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Dharana Explained: The Second Step Toward Meditation

What does it look like to be totally focused during your yoga practice? Introducing the second step toward meditation: one-pointed concentration. This is called Dharana in the Yoga Sutras. Dharana is first mentioned in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali as part of the eight-limbed path of Ashtanga Yoga. Dharana is …

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