Sharing My Personal Sadhana (Daily Spiritual Practice)
The Sanskrit word Sadhana means one's daily spiritual practice. The choices and activities one makes in devotion to spirit.
Here's a look into my personal spiritual practices:
Mindfully Wake Up
Whether or not I am waking up to an alarm, I spend the first two or three minutes of the day scanning through my body.
I almost always start with my toes, and slowly move up from there, taking into account everything I sense and feel.
Rather than judging these sensations as good or bad or attributing some other emotion to them, I try to simply notice what is present, notice what the sensations are.
After I have noticed my entire body, I check in with my mindset.
What perspective am I waking up with today? Do I want to get out of bed and start my day with this attitude or should I take a moment to shift it?
If I want to shift my perspective, I often do so with gratitude. I find a few reasons to be happy to be waking up.
As discussed in a recent blog post, I practice several kriyas every day.
I currently start every day with Agni Sara and Nauli, actions of the abdominal muscles to stimulate appetite, aid digestion, and detoxify.
This takes about two minutes and I usually do this while I wait for the tea kettle to boil.
Once I've made my tea, I sit down to do my conscious breathing.
I practice Kapalabhati (also discussed in the Kriyas blog) every single day. Cleansing the lungs, bronchials, and brain.
On a good day, I also practice my Anuloma Viloma (alternate nostril breathing) at this time. I am working on incorporating more of this, as I'm not currently successfully practicing this every day.
Only after I've done all this do I look at my phone.
I like to keep the first half hour of my day sacred as I am quite sensitive when I wake up!
I also practice some form of asana every day, mindfully moving my body. This always happens before bed, and most days it also happens at another time of day.
Every evening I count mantras on a mala.
I am currently participating in a group effort to chant 5 mantras 108 times each for 40 days for peace in Ukraine.
These mantras are:
Om Shanti Om
Om Gam Ganapatayei Namaha
Nara Simha Ta Da Va So Hum
Om Tara Tuttare Ture Soha
Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu
I really enjoy japamala as a meditation.
I love chanting out loud, and feel a great benefit to my throat chakra when I do.
I am currently practicing a silent form of japa meditation (Manasika Japa) and have been really enjoying the heightened awareness of tactile senses during the meditation.
This is an honest look into my real life sadhana.
It is always changing, and is always a work in progress.
I hope this has been of some benefit to you.
I would love to hear about your daily spiritual practice!
No blog posts for a couple weeks while I'm away at my 300hr training.