yoga opheliaOur final step on the eight fold path of yoga is called Samadhi.  This has been referred to as ultimate peace, bliss or oneness with the universe.  It is like meditation, but exists in every moment.  A place of enlightment, liberation and the place we come to after devoting our life to the other seven steps along the path.

Samadhi is a deep sense of peace that we occasionally touch in our daily lives.  We may experience it in yoga, meditation or sivasana.  We may experience it while walking on the beach, becoming one with the sound of the waves and warmth of the sun.  Times where we feel there is no separation between us and the rest of the world.

In Samadhi opposites no longer exist, we let go of struggles and challenges no longer exist.  Labels, judgments and even logic dissolve and we see all those things as the illusion they once were.

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Have you ever noticed when you are stuck at a train stop, and as the train-cars are flying by, there is space between each one that you can barely see through?  So imagine that Samadhi is that space on the other side of the traintracks, and you are sitting there getting these brief glimpses through to the other side.  It’s easy to get dizzy watching the train-cars whipping past (perhaps they can represent our everyday living!).  However, if you stop following the train with your eyes, and instead just focus on the other side of the tracks an amazing thing happens: the train actually becomes blurry as it moves, and the space between each car becomes so clear that you are able to see through to the other side.

Lesson?  Samadhi is always there, it is the illusion of this physical world that distracts us from seeing it.

Review the other seven steps here: Yamas, Niyamas, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, and Dhyana.

Certainly check out these other great articles on The Eight Limbs Of Yoga:

http://www.expressionsofspirit.com/yoga/eight-limbs.htm

http://www.yogajournal.com/basics/158

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