13 Jun Sadhana: The importance of daily practice
Is it possible for an ancient practice to be relevant and efficient in modern times? Of course it is! This article is about sadhana and how it can improve our lives today, in the 21st century!
What is sadhana
In simple words, sadhana is a routine of daily spiritual practices/exercises which we apply with consistency, devotion, and honesty. The literal translation from Sanskritic is “a means of accomplishing something”. An essential element of sadhana is the commitment to a set of practices that you have chosen.
Its translation reveals that is not just a theoretical concept. Instead, it is a practical tool that helps you advance in life.
Sometimes when we are looking for wellness habits to adopt, we neglect the spiritual aspect. Personally, I often say that wellness is not just a healthy diet or a success environment. We are body, mind, and soul, therefore our physical and mental health depends on various factors. That’s the reason why, when I work with people in personal coaching sessions, I focus on all the aspects of one’s life. That’s how you make real change and achieve your goals!
Spirituality is a human part that exists in all of us, regardless of personal beliefs. It has to do with anything that brings you closer to the meaning of life. It is what connects us with our higher self.
So, do you include in your daily routine some practices that cultivate your spiritual self? If not, then sadhana will make this aspect accessible to you, through a set of spiritual and physical practices that you have chosen and committed to, on a daily basis.
The first step is setting an intention. Maybe is a quality you want to develop. Or maybe is something you want to let go. The next step is finding a practice, that it is possible for you to adopt in your routine and can support your intention.
Let’s give some examples of what a sadhana can consist of:
- Mindfulness exercises
- Yoga asana practice
- Visualization practice
- Reading a book with spiritual and inspiring content
- A walk in nature
- The mindful eating “ritual” you perform
The examples are many more than these. Fill out the list yourself! If you already do something every day, that brings you in a state of awareness, connects you to your inner self, calms your soul and clears your thoughts, that’s your sadhana!
Why have a Sadhana;
The sadhana you are choosing to have will allow you to turn inward and perceive life as it truly is. The more you are practicing, the more your mind will enjoy clarity. This clarity will accurately guide your actions and behaviors so that they are in alignment with the aspirations of your higher self.
Your spiritual practice will bring you results, only if it is scheduled. Like most things! It will not accidentally happen to you! That’ s why you set a sadhana.
That’s how you will benefit:
- You create space on a daily basis, to get in touch with your self, even if your sadhana lasts for only 10 minutes. That way you manage to keep open the “communication channel” . Moreover, this time of the day makes you feel good, tranquil and revitalized.
- Your “monkey mind” and uncontrolled feelings will give way for excuses to not do your practice. But if you consciously say to your self “now is time for sadhana”, then you know exactly what you have to do, for how long and why. You do it because you know you are going to feel good and because it is your choice. A schedule will lead you to success and quiet the misleading voices.
- Think sadhana as a planting of a seed in your garden. You need to take care of it every day, for it to grow. Maybe today it needs water and tomorrow just to check that everything is alright. Have you actually ever notice a plant in a pot? Every day is a little bit different. Your decision whether you are going to take care of it or not affects it. That’ s exactly what sadhana does to you. You ensure that you evolve daily, even a little.
Maybe you already perform some spiritual practices, like those we prementioned. But what actually can make you experience real benefit and leads you to a better life through your choices is your mental starting point. The awareness that I don’t just meditate, do yoga, perform mindfulness, enjoy a walk, keep a journal, etc. but I do a sadhana. I dedicate myself to a spiritual practice, with consistency, care, and honesty, as a means to achieve something.
I really hope for you, to get inspired by sadhana and how anyone can adopt in modern life suggestions that derive from the philosophical and practical system of yoga. Through this wisdom that focuses on true human needs, we are able to discover ways to live a more meaningful and happy life.