What if I told you that spiritual growth is possible for anyone committing to only ten minutes of your day? This probably sounds like a cheap commercial where the salesman promotes a magical cure-for-all that will most likely turn out to be a waste of money in the end! However, what it is offered to you is completely free and personal. It is as simple as committing daily to a small amount of “me-time” during which you focus on your inner peace. You may be surprised by the change it will bring to you. This commitment is called Sadhana.
What is Sadhana?
Sadhana, from Sanskrit, means daily spiritual practice, or, more precisely, “methodical discipline to attain desired knowledge or goal”. It is a way to connect with the divine inside of each of us through a daily practice of your choice. The practice is a way to connect You to You. That is, your ego-self, which is small, limited and separate from everything else to your Higher Self, which is infinite, unlimited and connected to All that Is. It is a fundamental tool to work on your inner self and reach your goals.
Yogi Jaggi Vasudev aka Sadhguru describes Sadhana as:
Everything can be sādhanā. The way you eat, the way you sit, the way you stand, the way you breathe, the way you conduct your body, mind and your energies and emotions – this is sādhanā. Sādhanā does not mean any specific kind of activity, sādhanā means you are using everything as a tool for your wellbeing.
You can practice Sadhana by picking any activity as long as you conduct it with awareness, discipline and the intention of spiritual growth. You should incorporate it into your daily routine and commit to it for a certain amount of time, usually for at least forty days. The number forty is a master number that has great significance in many spiritual traditions and many cultures. According to experts, it represents a period of purification. In traditional alchemy, for example, there is a mention of the forty philosophical days as a recommended period of purification, purging and refinement. In the Bible, the number forty is used 159 times and it symbolises trial, testing, or judgment. In the Hindu tradition, the word Chalisa means “forty verse” prayer. It is derived from the Hindi word “chalis” which means forty. In a Chalisa, the acts and deeds of deities are recalled in these verses to aid the devotee to meditate on righteous and noble qualities. In the yogic tradition, it is believed that if you practice something for forty days it becomes a part of you and it will be hard to stop.
Some examples of Sadhana include:
What are the benefits of Sadhana?
Sadhana can be life-changing in many ways. This is a very easy practice that doesn’t require anything else other than a fully committed heart and is a must-try for even the most sceptical people. Sadhana can give you the inspiration or boost you need to keep going on the hardest of days when you feel lazy and tired. It is a way to show love and care to yourself every single day. Your commitment to yourself will pay off as a spiritual connection and increased well-being.
Invest in your well-being, and gift yourself some self-care time. You’re welcome to join our online workshops targeted to make you feel good, confident, and whole.
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