Normally our mind is running here and there, and when we try and focus it even for a fraction of a second we find it somewhere else!
Whenever the mind runs off and we gently bring it back to a single point of focus (known as the object of meditation) this is concentration (dharana). As we are able to ‘hold’ the mind for a little longer, then we are approaching meditation (dhyana).
According to The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Book 3 (Portion on Contemplation), verses 1 – 3, meditation (dhyana) is the culmination of concentration (dharana).
When practised regularly, meditation brings more calm, creativity and effectiveness into our everyday life, reducing stress and enhancing our mind’s capabilities. It helps us stay focussed and is a powerful antidote to the information-overload in our digital world.