The sixth limb, dharana, is about training the mind to be calm and focused. Dhyana, the seventh limb, is a state of unbroken concentration in stillness. Different authors describe it as contemplation, meditation, focus, or devotion. It’s a combination of all of them. Because in dhyana, the mind is still with few thoughts, it isn’t a concept we can harness or define with one word.
Dhanya is a state of quiet-mind, of being aware without focus – yet also contemplation with the goal of separating illusion from reality and of knowing truth. This may seem contradictory, but sometimes the most important truths blossom organically when you just give them time. Think about any sort of relationships in your life – work, friendship, family, love. The truth, for better or worse, always comes out in time. Dhyana is a state of stillness that allows illusions to fall away from the mind. You may even forget that you’re meditating, but you’ll be aware of being. As Corey says: just be.
Dhyana is frequently tied to worship or devotion – but you don’t need one specific religion to practice it. Because it is so profound, dhyana will deepen your connection with faith or spirituality. For many people, it’s a way of contemplating the Divine. Atheists and agnostics are not excluded! If anything inspires a sense of wonder and awe – the complexity of the universe, the strength of the human spirit, the elegant principles of math and geometry – then it is a connection to something greater than yourself.