On September 6, 2011, after a year or so of on again off again home practices in chanting, meditation, and asana, I decided once and for all that I needed to practice daily. I committed to 20 minutes of daily meditation- 10 in the morning and 10 before bed. I’d felt this calling for some time, specifically beginning almost exactly a year before this monumental day, but I just couldn’t make it happen. Life kept getting in my way. But on this day I did make it happen, and on the next, and the next, and the next, for 732 days until today.
It’s been quite a journey!
My Sadhana has evolved significantly from those 20 minutes of unguided meditation. It’s had ups and down, it’s been easy and hard, it’s been short and long, it’s been distracted and crystal clear, it’s been everything imaginable. There have been times when I’ve done nothing but lay in savasana, and there have been times when I haven’t wanted to stop meditating. There have been moments of epiphany and discovery. And this has all been accessible wherever I happened to be. I’ve done my Sadhana on airplanes, beaches, and boats, in hotel rooms, jungles, and tents. To the point where it’s just part of what I do; the time spent is non negotiable. I do at least an hour every day, and that’s that!
Over these two years I have learned that “when the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” But what I didn’t expect is that the teacher wasn’t always who I was looking for. My teachers have come in the form of books recommended by friends, comments made by acquaintances, a suggestion from my partner, resistances inside of me, struggle in the face of beautiful circumstances, my mother, and my intuition. And I continue to learn from everyone around me, from my students, from my friends and family, from people I’ve never met, and from myself. With the daily practice comes a healthy detachment from the circumstances around me, and in this detachment I am able to grow.
But with my practice also came the teachers I was looking for. About nine months after beginning my own, unguided, Sadhana, I was introduced to the path of Sadhana that I currently practice: the method of YogaMonks. Having stepped onto this path, I can say my life has transformed into something I never thought possible, and continues to grow and transform.
At this beginning of my third year of Sadhana, and with the encouragement of my teacher, I’m please to announce that I will be offering a Sadhana course here in Orange County, CA. Following the inspiration of the Sadhana course that has guided my own path, this 10 month course will meet once a month and begin in January 2014. If you feel called to daily practice, if you’ve attempted daily practice but have had struggle sustaining it, if you’re at all intrigued by this idea, I would absolutely LOVE for you to join me on this path! Preliminary details and dates can be found here.
Of the teachings that have resonated with me most on my journey thus far, the pursuit of Truth, Simplicity, and Love has been of greatest impact. On this path of Sadhana I’ve discovered these qualities deep within my physical, mental, and emotional self, and find that embodying these qualities as often as possible leads me toward greater contentment with myself and with the world around me. I am so grateful to have this gift to share, and couldn’t be happier to invite you to join me in daily practice.