Revel in your Sadhana
strengthen + liberate
This is quite possibly the simplest and most refined sadhana created to date.
A consequence of the continuous evolution of practice and no matter your entry point you are tapping into a wealth of knowledge that isn’t mine, or yours - but your buddhi.
The intelligence of your soul that knows its resonance, its place in the universe.
Entering the phase where our sadhana becomes the sustenance for our life and our life becomes our sadhana. Calling in a new kind of sacred awareness to everything we do, everything is dedicated to our intention.
Let your sankalpa fill your day and all your activities… let it infuse your conversations, your thoughts, cleaning, cooking, eating, driving. Let every moment be an opportunity to bring your intention to life, and a reminder that everything is within a much grander cycle that we can direct, manage and regulate ourselves within.
Waning awareness and resistance can be eaten up by our focus, the courage and the confidence to follow through with words, actions and thoughts that are filled with positivity and awareness are fueled by the positive force we are generating and the sweet moments where it works and flows are all the fruits of our efforts.. If we take ourselves out of it, we can’t be so attached to the results, the reactions of other people or even our expectations of how things should play out.
No Effort is Ever Wasted.
In the light of calm and steady self-awareness,
inner energies wake up and work miracles without any effort on your part.
Understand that you are destined for enlightenment.
Co-operate with your destiny, don’t thwart it.
All you have to do is to give attention to the obstacles created by the distorted mind.
- Nisargadatta Maharaj
Lets get a little more practical, with your sankalpa as the undercurrent of direction, the movement and conspiring of the universe - and look at very specific areas we can break down and develop.
Pick three areas of your life with the question: What am I ready to receive more of now? Examples could be specificities in the areas of money and material wealth, love, acknowledgement + praise, success, relationships, health, enjoyment.
Then, go through those three areas and ask yourself:
Why do I want this?
How can I benefit from this?
How can others and the world benefit from this?
In what ways am I blocking myself from receiving more in this area of my life?
Continue on with your langhana breath and the shrim bija mantra
Allow for a new perspective to take over, as you are receiving the benefits from your sadhana, go broader and give it back out to the rest of your life from that abundant place.
As per the attributes listed in the last page you may identify the need to add any of the following practices to build on those qualities in order to support your sankalpa.
Your langhana practice is purifying, if you feel like something more dynamic try this pranayama technique from the
Kapalabhati is a pranayama practice as well as a shat kriya—one of the six cleansing actions of hatha yoga. With its emphasis on the exhalation, kapalabhati enhances elimination of volatile metabolic wastes and dispels sluggishness and congestion, while engaging the eliminative energy in the lower belly.
Other techniques could include:
Trataka (candle gazing)
Nauli (this one is for people well versed in uddiyana bandha)
After your langhana breath, begin to spend a little time in kumbhaka. This is breath suspension/retention technique for concentration and improve that ability to still the mind.
Antara (inner) kumbhaka, which is the holding of air in the lungs after an inhalation.
Bahya (outer) kumbhaka, which is the cessation of breathing once empty, following an exhalation.
If this is a new practice for you, experiment with bahya kumbhaka after the langhana breath, every 3 or 4 rounds of breath and more regularly as you get more acquainted.
For the dark moon (and anytime!) some deep rest that strengthens your resolve, your sankalpa shakti and reminds you of the magic and mysterious undercurrents of this practice.
When you cease to fear your solitude, a new creativity awakens in you. Your forgotten or neglected wealth begins to reveal itself. You come home to yourself and learn to rest within. Thoughts are our inner senses. Infused with silence and solitude, they bring out the mystery of inner landscape."
- Anam Cara John O’Donahue
If your langhana practice is a ‘reduction’ back to your essence, then brahmana is a practice in expansion.
In the new moon energy, give yourself the experience from the practice of langhana, into your shrim mantra and then allowing the magic of expansion.