Thursday, March 15, 2012

8 Limbs of Yoga - Week 8: Samadhi

Here's where we put it all together - the 8th limb of yoga is Samadhi - union - true yoga. This is what we work for in our practice. The asana (poses) and pranayama (breath work) prepares us for dharama (concentration). Once we have dharama, dyhana (meditation) comes easier so we can find samadhi. Samadhi is the connection that first happens between our mind and our bodies. We find peace in ourselves and with that comes joy and fulfillment so that we can see our hopes, wishes and dreams even clearer. These things cannot be bought. They can only be experienced. And we must realize this takes practice. We practice on our mats and off our mats every day. Once we find the peace within, we can find the peace in the world that already exists, but may be masked by every day trials and tribulations. When we find that peace in the world, we realize there is no me or mine. No us verses them. There is no separation. We accept what is with grace. This is samadhi.

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