At the Samadhi Silent Retreats we practice the ancient art of Yantras to Pause The Mind.
Yantra is the Sanskrit word for a mystical diagram traditionally used to withdraw consciousness from the outer world to focus it on spiritual concepts, and for balancing the mind using pattern. In the Samadhi Silent Retreats, we encourage the participants to notice their own spontaneous Yantras that appear during closed eye guided meditations.
Typically a Yantra is a two dimensional illustration filled with deliberate symbolgy and intention, however we are most interested in the Yantra that the mind provides in the darkness behind the eyelids. Remaining focused on these personalized Yantras can pause the mind, allowing the space for Samadhi.
Mandalas are Yantras:
Mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Indian religions, representing the universe. In common use, mandala has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.
"The benefit of practicing these ancient arts, is attaining the state of Samadhi or “Absolute Silence of the Mind.” By utilizing a single point of focus, the practitioner can become so consumed in awareness that it can lead to a pause in the mind chatter, and then the silence of Samadhi can reveal inner truths that are rarely accessible."