November seems to always be this super busy, panicked time of year for me. I start to get antsy about Christmas and I really begin to feel the effects of less sunlight. I goto work in the dark and return home in the dark. So this year I decided to do something different, something to help my mental health.
I’ve been diving deep into yoga psychology lately as some of you may know. I’ve been learning how to recognize little signs my body is giving me and then how to decode them. It’s been amazing and I can’t wait until I can begin teaching others!
One of the main take homes of the course is that you can only teach others as far as you have gone. In other words….you gotta walk the walk. You can’t teach people something you yourself don’t practice while being authentic and honest.
So, while I have a pretty strong meditation/journalling practice nightly, I really lack structure. I fit it in before bedtime, sometime too tired to give it the attention it requires-I’ve even fallen asleep meditating.
So I have decided that November is going to be the month that I instil a sadhana practice in my life!
Sadhana is simply a daily spiritual practice, usually done for 40 days. A daily practice that allows you the time go within, to listen to your body and mind. It’s a way to increase the link between you and your higher self, and a super powerful tool to allow you to work on achieving goals and perspective.
Sounds amazing right? But a little confusing?
Basically you carve out time every single morning and do the same thing each morning. You wake early for this, the reason being that this time is fully for your practice, there is nowhere to go, nothing to do this time, just be fully present with your practice.
So how do you figure out what to do during this morning practice?
Well, you start by figuring out just what you want your intention to be, what is it that you are wanting to evolve or to release? For example, are you looking to open your heart a little more? Connect with your higher self? Release anxiety? Or perhaps build a daily asana practice?
If you are struggling to figure out what it is that your intention is, try this meditation to help your higher self guide you.
Once you narrow down your intention, begin doing things that support it.
It can be anything that makes you feel connected to that intention. Meditation, movement, burn some incense, pull some cards, go for a walk. The point is to do the same thing everyday. By doing so, it allows a new habit to form, making it a part of your daily life. And before you know it, it becomes as natural as grabbing your morning coffee!
Here are some examples of what your sadhana could look like include:
- to open your heart try this meditation
- to connect with your higher self
- to release anxiety try this yoga class and/or this meditation
- to build your daily asana practice try this 10 minute yoga class
Regardless of what you choose, the magic happens with the repetition. No matter what your mind says, no matter how you feel, no matter what is going on in your day and your life, every single day for a set time you show up to the mat and do exactly the same thing.
And in doing so, you will notice life begins open up, become a little more ease filled, begins to clear up. You begin to understand that your body speaks to you through your emotions and that you are in fact in control of this. Balance and peace enter your life. You breath a little deeper, exhale a little longer.
Ahhhhh…..sounds glorious doesn’t it?
My sadhana is shaping out to look like this:
- sage my space & cleanse with reiki energy
- burn incense
- 5 sun salutations
- 108 breath meditation
- journal session
Every morning, no exceptions!
I do expect some difficulties with this, especially when I am working days needing to already be up at 5:30am, but you know what? I’m worth it. So perhaps modifying what time I hit the hay is in order. I’m sure that after doing this a week or so, what I need to do in order to allow this space in my life will become clear….and I just can’t wait!
Whatcha say? You in?
Let me know what you think, and if you’re down for a 40 day challenge please share what it is your intention and sadhana is!!