Yoga sutras of Patanjali 1.39


Or by meditating on anything one chooses that is elevating

Or by contemplating or concentrating on whatever object or principle one may like, or towards which one has a predisposition, the mind becomes stable and tranquil.

Having given us his suggestions for different techniques for meditation (focusing on the breath, concentration on subtle sense perceptions, imagining a light within, thinking about the state of a noble person’s mind, or concentrating on the state of sleep), Patanjali also says we can select our own technique, according to our preferences. The idea is that we find one point on which to focus, and that will still the mind.



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