Sadhana, what is it and why should you do it?

A person once said about sadhana: “Once sadhana is done, nothing should happen to you.” I said, “No, when sadhana happens, everything should happen to you, and you should come out as a winner, you should come out victorious!” That is what sadhana gives you. It doesn’t give you a written guarantee from God. The one who does sadhana builds himself such a powerful personality, he can conquer anything! That is why I do my own sadhana. I have been doing it for years. I do it even now. Some people ask me, “You are a Master, why do you do sadhana?” I say, “To remain a Master!”
– Yogi Bhajan

Sadhana means a daily spiritual practice. It is a self-discipline that allows one to express the Infinite within one’s self. It is a time each day to notice the patterns that lead away from higher consciousness and to transcend those patterns.

Sadhana is a discipline of the mind and body to serve the soul. It keeps the mind clear to accurately guide our actions.

Every year I do a 40 days Sadhana of one specific meditation or yoga set until my birthday. This year I’ve decided to do a Yoga set for a calm and open heart center plus a meditation for Stress Relief and Clearing the Emotions of the Past. (Stay tuned because I will be sharing it with you very soon!) Now more than ever I want to become the best version of my authentic self and keep on growing. I believe we are never at the end of our journey and to me it is so important to always view each opportunity and experience as a way to learn.

I view doing a Sadhana as a way to work on yourself as it is a conscious activity you decide to do for you. Each day is different and each day we are different, but it is the commitment to keep going that makes us stronger and that pushes the blocks away. It is a promise you make to yourself. Every 72 hours all the cells of the body totally change. Sickness comes and goes. Motivation waxes and wanes. But through all the flux of life, through all the variations of the mind and heart, we consciously choose to maintain a constant and regular practice.

I know that it can seem difficult to keep on going sometimes. There are days you feel so motivated, as if you can take on the entire planet and other days you just want to crawl deep into your bed and forget about the world. It is absolutely normal, we all have it and it is called being a HUMAN. But just remind yourself each of those days when you don’t feel like doing it, why did you start in the first place. Question yourself whether it is worth giving up your commitment to yourself that day, just because you feel more down. Another advice I can give you is to just go day by day, don’t think about “tomorrow I will have to do it again, and after tomorrow, and after after tomorrow and next week, and next month and so on and so on…” just think about TODAY. Be present. Do this for your own self and well-being.

If you have any questions, you know I’m always here to help you out and answer, just pop it in the comments or contact me through the contact box!

Much love to you, and take care,

Xxx Dharam