Monthly Archives: October 2014
“The heart is like a mirror. When we dust it off, we are able to see ourselves.
The dust is all our stuff – guilt, anger – this stuff is reflected back to us.
Practice removes the dust from the mirror of our hearts.” ~ Krishna Das
What’s a Sadhana?!
The word “Sadhana” is a Sanskrit term literally translating to “accomplishing something” in regards to spiritual development, and includes daily work through observing, reflecting and subsequent action with the goal of enriching ourselves. Traditionally, it entails disciplined practice in order to transcend the ego with its final goal being that of enlightenment. This is all true for me; however I would add that my Sadhana is also…
A prayer in action
A solid grounding in the Here & Now
A doorway to deeper experiences
A way to see past what’s right in front of me
And to connect with the whole…
It’s my daily sacred commitment to myself.
I practice to move beyond the pain and suffering of this world, to “remove the dust” from my heart, and to continuously re-connect to both the sacred and the magic that is all around and within — while taking solace in this interconnection. You could call it whatever you want really because it’s the dedication and intention behind it that counts.
When we take the time for our own sacred self-care, we feel a big difference in our day-to-day. At least I know I do. Cultivating this kind of practice is to further our journey inwards so we can remind ourselves that we really never left. We are already a part of the divine that pulses through the entirety of the world, both seen and unseen.
Most of the time, rather than having some grand expectation of hours spent in Sadhana devotion, I find what works better—and is far more realistic—is to carve out little moments throughout my day, wherever I am, whatever I’m doing, and turn inwards. It’s important however to remember that finding what works best for each of us is something that we have explore a bit, making the proper adjustments until the practice clicks.
So, what do I do during these stolen Sadhana moments? Here is a quick list of the practices I might incorporate depending where I am and how much time I have:
Reading from spiritual/inspirational texts
Reciting a mantra (Japa Yoga)
Breath work (Pranayama)
Tarot card reading
Walk in nature
Some of these I do daily, some of these happen when I have more time and feel inspired to do so, but at a minimum I do something every day. And remember, this is just the sacred grounding work that speaks to me, which may not resonate for you, and that’s absolutely fine. What other practices would you have on your own list? I truly believe in the saying “To each their own”, so go with whatever truly speaks to your heart.
Moving forward, we’ll begin to look into specific practices and I’ll share how I personally incorporate them. As always, I can only convey my own experiences, and I look forward to hearing about yours.
Until next time remember, you’ve already arrived, you’re already home. The Sacred is within and all around you… We already have all that we need.
Also published over on Be You Media Group.
Hello October, I’m so excited to see you again….
“Pale amber sunlight falls across
The reddening October trees,
That hardly sway before a breeze
As soft as summer: summer’s loss
Seems little, dear! on days like these.
Let misty autumn be our part!
The twilight of the year is sweet:
Where shadow and the darkness meet…
A little while and night shall come,
A little while, then, let us dream.”
~ Ernest Dowson, Autumnal
It’s no secret that Fall is my favorite season, to me it feels like a kind of New Year. A shift that allows change big and small; that brings new energy after the summer’s heat. This seasonal energy is deep and profound, and every year invites a different understanding of myself as I dig deeper and deeper into the shadows.
“I think of the trees and how simply they let go… learning to lose in order to recover.” ~ May Sarton