I’ve found my Iyengar book, “Light on Yoga”, and I’ll begin to study it and to post my considerations. The trick is it’s in portuguese and I don’t intend to be translating mr. Iyengar’s teachings. But let’s see how it goes.
Much light to you :-)
At the beginning of your meditation session, ask yourself, “How can I open more deeply into my practice?” Notice if any inner hints arise. You might get a feeling to repeat a mantra in a certain way or to focus more on the breath. You might get the idea of tuning into your resistance or restlessness and gently breathing it out. One of the most exciting discoveries we make when we meditate is that there is an inner intuition that will show us, little by little, how the meditation current wants to reveal itself to us right now. It will nudge us subtly at certain moments to focus more, and at other moments to let go, to release, to allow ourselves to sink deeper. That inner intuition will remind us that we’ve fallen into thinking or reverie, and in time it will remind us what to do to come back to the practice.
That said, the inner meditation instructor is not the same as the voice in your mind that says, “This isn’t working. Maybe I should try something else.” That is the voice of distraction! The hints come from a deeper place and will often give you the sense that they’re nudging you toward more quiet, depth, and easefulness.
I feel like I’m making progress but still hanging out on the surface in meditation. How can I go deeper?
One of the unfailing keys to deeper meditation is to give it more time. As you continue your practice this week, you might want to add a second session of meditation every day or every other day. It can be a shorter session, or you can set aside time on the weekend to sit for an extra 20 minutes. Some people take a little while to sink into meditation. Often, just sitting longer can help.
Meditation is a growth process, and the mind simply has to learn the skill of going deeper. One secret is to always approach your practice with respect and gentleness, never trying to force yourself and never critiquing your practice. Meditation will gradually teach you meditation, and as this happens your practice goes to a deeper level on its own. The meditation current is real, and it’s unfolding within you even when you think it isn’t!