Sunday sadhana

By Sunday, March 5, 2017 0 , , Permalink

Friends in Converse, credit Kirsten Akens 2017

To me, sadhana is a daily spiritual practice allowing time and space for an individual to turn inward.

As Yogi Bhajan (of the Kundalini yoga tradition) says, “Sadhana is self-enrichment. It is not something which is done to please somebody or to gain something. Sadhana is a personal process in which you bring out your best.”

Sadhana could be taking a walk in nature, doing breath work or yoga asanas on a mat, spending time meditating or chanting, reading and reflecting on a poem, journaling or simply watching the sun rise.

Please accept this post as a possible starting point for your own practice today.

My alone feels so good, I’ll only have you if you’re sweeter than my solitude.

— Warsan Shire, Kenyan-born, London-based, Somali poet and writer of Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth

Sunday sadhana

By Sunday, February 26, 2017 0 , , Permalink

Love, credit Kirsten Akens 2016

To me, sadhana is a daily spiritual practice allowing time and space for an individual to turn inward.

As Yogi Bhajan (of the Kundalini yoga tradition) says, “Sadhana is self-enrichment. It is not something which is done to please somebody or to gain something. Sadhana is a personal process in which you bring out your best.”

Sadhana could be taking a walk in nature, doing breath work or yoga asanas on a mat, spending time meditating or chanting, reading and reflecting on a poem, journaling or simply watching the sun rise.

Please accept this post as a possible starting point for your own practice today.

Finding my people has been so game-changing for me that now I wonder if that isn’t the most important reason why we need to do our work in the world. (Though I know intellectually we will all have our own motivations.) I want people to be brave, I want them to not get trapped on the idea hamster wheel, I want them to put their stake in the ground so their peers can find them. So none of us has to be who we are in the world alone. … Letting ourselves be seen opens us up to being loved.

— Jen Lee & Tim Manley, The 10 Letters Project: A Year of Art and Friendship

Sunday sadhana

By Sunday, February 19, 2017 0 , , Permalink

Today I Choose Joy, credit Kirsten Akens Feb 2017

To me, sadhana is a daily spiritual practice allowing time and space for an individual to turn inward.

As Yogi Bhajan (of the Kundalini yoga tradition) says, “Sadhana is self-enrichment. It is not something which is done to please somebody or to gain something. Sadhana is a personal process in which you bring out your best.”

Sadhana could be taking a walk in nature, doing breath work or yoga asanas on a mat, spending time meditating or chanting, reading and reflecting on a poem, journaling or simply watching the sun rise.

Please accept this post as a possible starting point for your own practice today.

Our ultimate goal, after all, is not a good death but a good life to the very end.

— Atul Gawande, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End