Sunday sadhana

Woman at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, credit Kirsten Akens 2015

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.


Trilliums, by Mary Oliver

Every spring among the ambiguities of childhood

the hillsides grew white with the wild trilliums. I believed in the world. Oh, I wanted

to be easy in the peopled kingdoms, to take my place there, but there was none

that I could find shaped like me. So I entered through the tender buds,

I crossed the cold creek, my backbone and my thin white shoulders unfolding and stretching.

From the time of snow-melt, when the creek roared and the mud slid and the seeds cracked,

I listened to the earth-talk. the root-wrangle, the arguments of energy, the dreams lying

just under the surface, the rising, becoming at the last moment

flaring and luminous — the patient parable of every spring and hillside year after difficult year.