The following is an excerpt from the book „A new Look at the Science of Yoga and How it Can Transform Your Life“ by Eddie Stern, published 2019.


SADHANA, THE MEANS

Yoga practice has a special word associated with it, sadhana, which describes the techniques or practices that we use to move towards self-knowledge, awareness, or liberation. Sadhana is often translated as „spiritual practice“, and the purpose behind spiritual practice, usually, is liberation from suffering – wich is liberation from identification with everything that is other than awareness. Sadhanas are the means that we use to identify with a sense of awareness within, and to remove the coverings of confusion, narratives, and longings that prevent us from being who we truly are. (…)

Sadhana is commitment to making our spiritual goals, in particular, a priority, and making time for them. A spiritual goal can be:

  • Practicing Yoga
  • Practicing meditation
  • Practicing kindness, gratitude, or forgiveness
  • Living a balanced life
  • Keeping our minds calm and accepting
  • Serving those in need
  • Living a contemplative, thoughtful life
  • Practicing patience
  • Becoming a better listener

If we say we want any of these things but are not taking active steps to actually do them, then we can’t really say that we want them. If I say that I want to be more meditative in my life, but I don’t make the time to practice meditation every day, then perhaps I do not really want to be meditative. The things that we actually spend time doing are the things that we want…


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