Yoga Sūtras (III.2) tells us “A steady, continuous flow of attention directed towards the same point or region is meditation (dhyāna).”
Zen is the Japanese way of saying the Chinese character 禅 (Chan). This in turn is the Chinese version of the Sanskrit word Dhyāna, which refers to meditative absorption. The same concept can be present in a different word as knowledge is passed down. Don’t be confused by labels. Learn to look at the essence!
Spiritual practice is the understanding of living and dying. One form of spiritual practice is meditation. The attainment of health starts by strengthening the body. A strong sharp mind can help us reach the goal and meditation helps to attain such a mind.
The mind, like a horse tends to wander here and there. It is very hard to yoke. Yoga is the art of yoking. Meditation practice is a very important form of traditional Yoga practice. Let the mind observe and perceive information from the body, as to awaken the connection between body and mind.
Most of us don’t like to practice meditation. We might see a lot of stuff in the mind and we are pulled in different directions. When we see our mind wandering around, that’s actually a good sign for meditation. This means we begin to be aware of what’s going on in the mind rather than neglecting it. When this awareness begins, then it’s possible to do the next step. Through the exercise of meditation, we learn how to guide our senses instead of letting them be in charge and gradually we are able to concentrate on the goal we choose even in a critical situation.
Meditation is a way to sharpen the mind and strengthen the 6th Chakra – the Brow Chakra. When this Chakra is firmly established, the brain will have a bigger capacity to receive more information and we will have better memory. It also helps us broaden our perspective and enable us to identify signs from the body, so we know what we can work on.