Meditation aims to arrive at a natural state of mind that comes when we are free of stress, when our thoughts are cheerful and our mind without disturbance.
Meditation or Dhyana is the seventh yogic discipline. It has four stages – relaxation of the mind, concentration of thought, elevation of the soul, and expansion of the spirit. These ideally culminate in peaceful or heightened experiences of universal consciousness. Each of these states depends upon a release of restricting influences, and an expansion into a more secure state and condition until one is capable of feeling whole and untroubled.