Sunday sadhana

By Sunday, February 12, 2017 0 , , Permalink

Cats in Greece, 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, or simply watching the sun rise.

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

Note: This past week, a dear friend’s cat died. This post is in honor of him. May he be at peace.


“Beneath my eyes opens—a book; I see to the bottom; the heart—I see to the depths. I know what loves are trembling into fire; how jealousy shoots its green flashes hither and thither; how intricately love crosses love; love makes knots; love brutally tears them apart. I have been knotted; I have been torn apart.”

— Virginia Woolf, The Waves

Sunday sadhana

By Sunday, January 1, 2017 0 , , , Permalink

Lucy Paw credit 2017 by Kirsten Akens

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, or simply watching the sun rise.

Please accept this post as a possible starting point for your own practice today, and as a basis for your new year.


Mantra:

Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu

Translated as:

May all beings, everywhere, be happy and free. And may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute, in some way, to that happiness and to that freedom for all.

Sunday sadhana

By Sunday, November 27, 2016 0 , , , Permalink

Street art in Athens, Greece, 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, or simply watching the sun rise.

Please accept this post as a possible starting point for your own practice today: a photo from me, and a video from one of my favorite spoken-word artists, Shane Koyczan.