I was going through the notes on the 8 limbs of yoga, and the readings on pratyahara, dharana, dhyana , and Samadhi, intrigued me very much. This is just my two cents on relating it to what I have read previously, about the ‘powers of the mind’. Pratyrahara is the practice where we withdraw your senses, and move our consciousness inwards. We are always living in our external world, through our 5 senses (sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell), and are constantly distracted by it. In order to feel joy, and inner bliss, we have to withdraw our senses, and draw ourselves into our inner ‘world’.
Dharana is the mind fit for concentration. Once we are conscious of our inner world, we are able to focus on an object or a goal we desire, not allowing other thoughts to interrupt our focus. Dhyana is where we are one with our goal, meaning that we are emotionally involved with it, and can feel that we are already in possesion of our goal. Lastly, Samadhi is the super conscience state, where we are on a similar vibrational energy to our goal/ object we desire, attracting our goal/ desired object.
Cassandra Mai YTTC200 – January 2018