deep meditation
Deep Meditation

Deep meditation as the goal of meditation. In yoga, the ability to enter deep meditation means leaving the outer koshas with our consciousness. The koshas are our layers of consciousness from the body to our “self”. To know how to enter deep meditation, we must first define what meditation itself is, the difference between deep meditation and the highest form of meditation called samadhi.

From meditation to deep meditation

The state of meditation is clearly defined in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. In my quote, I summarize the individual statements into one sentence.

“When the mind focuses on an object of meditation with uninterrupted concentration and the meditator and the object of meditation coincide, meditation arises.”


From this definition, circumstances can be derived that stand for the state of meditation.

  • Our mind flows continuously in the direction of a meditation object. A subtle object such as a mantra, the breath or the self is advantageous here. As long as we are connected to our senses such as hearing, tasting, seeing and feeling, we remain on the gross surface of meditation.
  • The object of meditation should be chosen individually. In yoga, there are three states of mind. Sattva, tamas and rajas. All living beings strive for sattva, the peaceful and natural core of our mind. Most of the time our mind is in the state of rajas, the constant movement that is also necessary to cope with our everyday life. Tamas is the heavy state of our mind that we experience during sleep, for example. We should therefore be able to assess the disposition of our own mind beforehand in order to enter into deep meditation. We should never go directly from rajas and tamas to sattva, but try to establish balance beforehand in order to then go deeper into meditation, otherwise the state of deep meditation cannot be maintained for long.
    • If the mind is slow and relaxed, a mantra can be suitable as an object of meditation
    • If the mind is quick and stressful, the breath can be a suitable object for meditation
  • Meditator and object coincide. After the state of sustained concentration and thereby gaining depth, we go on to relax our concentration and focus and become more passive. It could be described as continuous “moment to moment awareness” without interruption of thoughts and emotions. These may arise during meditation, but we are already so deeply anchored within ourselves that they just build up and pass by. This is the point where we – the meditator and the meditation object – have already disappeared. At this point we are in meditation, but we are no longer aware of it.

The state of deep meditation in Samadhi

Requirements for deep meditation

For most practitioners, deep meditation experiences require years of training in meditation. It is not impossible that we reach deep meditation by chance. Most of the time, the problem is not getting into deep meditation, but that we want to reach this state again and again afterwards. Our expectations and overly active actions block our path. This is also a completely natural process and it also applies to our meditation practice, just as the stock market price is constantly going up and down.

  • Emotional Balance
  • Regular meditation at the same time in the same place
  • Quality of concentration and relaxation
  • Let go of expectations and surrender to the process
  • Train the process for entering meditation:
    • Focus on a meditation object and from here there are two paths:
    • Union with the object
    • or alignment with the self