In Sanskrit, “sadhana” means spiritual practice.
If you were raised in a western religion as a child, then your religious affiliation was your (or your parent’s) spiritual practice. But if you’re like 70% of all Americans, you’ve left the religion of your parents, and are now practicing what most people call a belief system of their own.
Thus, your sadhana, your spiritual practice, if you are not affiliated with a particular religion or spiritual program, is likely a sadhana of your own making.
So, what are the elements of your spiritual practice?
For me, the meditation, the prayer, and the importance of ritual that were part of my early Christian and then Catholic upbringing, are all part of my personal sadhana, my personal spiritual practice now.
I have left behind, as have most of you, the rules, the restrictions, the guilt, the punishment, the sin of the old religions. Those don’t make sense to me now. My sadhana now is, as Matthew Fox writes, about turning original sin into original blessing.
Think about what your spiritual practice is. If you’re not sure if you have one yet, think about if you’d like to create one.
Some ways to do it are to connect to the Divine frequently, in all the ways that are meaningful to you. Celebrate with ritual. Work on your expansion as soul.
Walk in the mystery.
There are some ideas that work for a lot of people, as we create sadhana in a new way, for a new world.
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