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February 28, 2020

1.44 Subtle levels of integration

Yoga Sutra 1.44 Subtle levels of integration Focus on subtler objects of meditation What focal objects are fascinating enough to invite you into these deeper stages of meditation? What effect does it have on you to experience a focal object directly? What effect does that have on your beliefs, values, desires, and interests?
February 27, 2020

1.43 Integration beyond conceptualization

Yoga Sutra 1.43 Integration beyond conceptualization (nirvitarka samadhi) The meditation object stands alone. Are you noticing a refinement in your perception? To what extent can you be so absorbed in something that your internal chatter stops? When that happens, do you experience objects, actions and interactions with greater vividness?
February 27, 2020

1.42 Integration with reasoning

Yoga Sutra 1.42 Integration with reasoning First stage of integration, savitarka samadhi Once there are no distractions, awareness is filled by the focal object, its name and its meaning. This is the beginning of integration (samadhi).
February 27, 2020

1.41 Pure as a crystal

Yoga Sutra 1.41 Pure as a crystal Yielding, giving way and coming together (sammapatti) At the threshold of integration. Letting go of internal commentary and reactivity. What is coloring your experiences? Is it possible to perceive without distortions? If some distractions remain, are they connected to who you think you are, used to be or should be?
February 27, 2020

1.40 Insight from smallest to largest

Yoga Sutra 1.40 Insight from smallest to largest Progression of insight towards liberation What are the filters you use to interpret what you perceive? What happens when you set aside your usual ways of seeing the world? What happens when your attention is not directed in many different directions? What is the biggest thing you can focus on? What is the smallest thing you can focus on?
February 26, 2020

1.39 Focus on anything uplifting

Yoga Sutra 1.39 Or, by focusing on anything uplifting Are you inspired? Are you dedicating your energy and awareness to something uplifting? How does inspiration feel? Are you cultivating inspiring thoughts, intentions, actions and interactions in your daily life? Is it possible to find inspiration in everything you do?
February 26, 2020

1.38 Insight from dreams

Yoga Sutra 1.38 Insight from dreams What can you learn from your dreams? Is dreaming a way to make sense of your own life story? Do dreams show you the influence of your thoughts, actions and interactions? As your inner calmness grows, what subconscious impressions linger in you?
February 26, 2020

1.37 Focus on serenity beyond desire

Yoga Sutra 1.37 Focus on serenity beyond desire Are you in touch with your deep inner calm? Cultivating inner tranquility. What makes you forget your inner peace? Are your desires contributing to enhance your internal harmony? What inspires you? Who can serve as an example of profound serenity?
February 26, 2020

1.36 Cultivating the inner light

Yoga Sutra 1.36 Cultivating the inner light Are you conscious of your inner light? What might be covering your inner light? To what extent is it possible for you to connect to your inner light? What happens when you try gazing at a candle flame (trataka)? Can joyful thoughts ignite your inner light? Is gratitude effective in re-connecting to your inner light?