Sadhana is the Sanskrit word that means “spiritual practice”.
The goal of the spiritual practice is to calm the mind and bring less attachment to the outside comings and goings of life.
Living with a sense of detachment is KEY to living a spiritual life.
This doesn’t mean we don’t care, or we are apathetic. It means that we know that life and crazy stuff happens, but it doesn’t define us. It means that no matter what happens “out there” we are not affected “in here”.
A sadhana practice can be a simple 5, 10 or 20-minute morning and/or evening meditation. Or you could chant a mantra or even go for a walk. The idea is to have a practice that calms the mind and brings more awareness to the breath and to the Divinity in your life. When we have less attachment to the outside world and the circumstances thereof, we are more powerful creators and co-creators of our life.
We are no longer defined on an experiential level by our circumstances, so we can begin to mold our outer world to match our inner world, instead of the other way around. Without a spiritual practice every day we can become lost and so attached to what happens that we get lost in the world.
The great spiritual teacher Jiddu Krishnamurti was once asked the key to his happiness, to which he said, “I don’t mind how it goes.”
This is a POWERFUL statement. This is the essence of LOVE. Our definition of LOVE here is “unconditional acceptance of what is”. Note, I did NOT say unconditional TOLERATION of what is. There’s a difference. We do not and should not tolerate hateful behavior. But we are powerless to change anything without first accepting it.
So, with our spiritual practice we can accept what happens in the outside world without it needing to define who we are. And in doing so, we start to cultivate a POWERFUL perspective that will allow us to transcend our circumstances and truly give our gifts to the world.