Dear Sadhana and You (my community), thanks for the forklift. Sincerely, needed it.

I borrowed this slightly revised title from a newsletter I wrote last Spring about an all day meditation course called White Tantric Yoga (WTY), and I thought, this is totally what I am feeling right now about my morning Sadhana practice!  

WTY is known as “the spring cleaning of the subconscious mind.” In Chicago, this event happens every April. Similarly, morning sadhana is a daily clearing of the subconscious mind. I don’t know about you, but I can use a DAILY. The sadhana that I practice, called the Aquarian Sadhana, consists of a 20 minute prayer called Japji (Song of the Soul), followed by about 30 minutes of yoga, followed by 62 minutes of chanting meditation. Sadhana- whether you are doing it for the first time, or re-committing to it-  works on you. Things will shift in your life. Sometimes things get messy before they get better. But they do get better. And the greatest blessing for me right now is that I have the gift of a group to practice with, which I have taken advantage of by joining them almost every morning.

Sadhana has been my forklift. Equally, so has been my community. We celebrate each other, and we hold each other up. We help each other see what we need to see, and this includes our blind spots as well as our super awesome spots. Our friends are here to uplift us; to show us what we are capable of, and to hold us in that space. We can worm and wriggle, because things may get uncomfortable, but deep down we know that we are worming and wriggling our Selves into our greatness.

True, we can only look to ourselves to make us whole, no one can do that for us, but this connection to others absolutely makes a world of difference. So much, that it is said that we can only go as far as the 5 people closest to us (so choose your community wisely). At the very least- we know that we are not alone in our quest.

Experiencing pain is a part of being human. The question is, while you are in it, while you are sad, heartbroken, confused, afraid or angry, do you know that you are still perfect in your unique, delicious way? If yes, then go into your human-ness and feel what you feel knowing that your feelings do not define you. If you have self-doubt, then reach out. Connect with the people that show up for you and hold you high. Because their vision of you is Truth.

Sadhana is a powerful boost for elevation. But in the end, what we need is each other.

Love, Savitree

Happiness conspiracy theory

A couple of days ago I inadvertently added a new folder to my android wall called Starred. Curious to see what was in there, I opened it up to find the list of contacts that I have -yes- starred: the important people in my life that I wanted immediate access to. 

It made me smile. I stared at the list for a while, and I realized how lucky I was to have these amazing people in my life. Then I felt this incredible gratitude for the Universe, and how it is always conspiring to make us happy… that unconsciously I had created this folder; or that the Universe created it for me. To allow me to take a moment in my day to see what I have.

Breathe how you want to live.

Breathing is something that can automatically happen for us, OR we can take control. So…

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…breathe what you want in life! If you desire fullness, breathe fully. If you desire intention in your life, breathe with intention. If you desire letting go, exhale completely- don’t leave any stale air in your lungs before going back to receive something new. Want power? Put power in your breath.

This can be a life changer. Let me know how it works for you.

Have you noticed the correlation between inner happiness & flexibility?

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I have. In myself- how it shifts from day to day- and in others. When I sense resistance,  it is a cue to me that I need to look more closely at what is really going on.

When one perceives a lack of control within himself, his response is to lock in. The muscles tighten, the breath shallows, and the mind closes. There are limited options if any. Paradoxically, this is the very moment when it would benefit to be open, examine the fear rather than identify and react, ask questions, and from it identify the desire, let go and be willing to change. His world, then, can be redefined into infinite possibilities.

This practice in catching moments of resistance and harnessing those opportunities to make qualitative change is the Yoga of Awareness leading to a rich, well-lived life.

Home is a place where all the pieces fit together.

This amazing woman that I recently met forwarded a newsletter to me that started, “Home is a place where all the pieces fit together…”

It made me reflect on the places and circumstances under which I feel at home. My bed, of course. And, in the arms, or presence, of someone I care about very very much. Also, when I’ve got my arms wrapped around my child.

As I look further, I realize that the big challenge is to feel at home when I am feeling “empty.” At that moment, I am seized with the need to find something outside of me to fill me up. I may confuse it with hunger or some other distraction. When in fact, it is a moment pregnant with possibility- an opportunity to go, instead, inside of me.

To be at home with emptiness? That would be something. THAT would be the unleashing of Divine Creativity…

The Global Prayer Project

I just watched The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield. It is a powerful film (and book) that inspires one to take a closer look at synchronicity, intuition, flow and seeing the beauty and intelligence of everything. When we are fully open and paying attention, the world guides our next steps. Our call is to do just that: be open and pay attention. And trust our intuition. Click here for Celestine Insights.

Feeling disconnected from our own energy source, we try to take from others by controlling and manipulating, and this is how conflict and power struggles happen. It would seem that is how we diminish our selves as well. James & Salle Redfield hosts what is called the Celestine Vision, a bi-weekly telecast, where we can join in prayer and meditation for peaceful resolution of conflict in this world.

How does prayer and meditation work? From the inside out.

Power of Mantra

“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.”  —Mohandas K. Gandhi

Many years ago when I was in sales, I bought this cassette tape (I said many years ago) on how to be persuasive. It was all about the words we use. Nothing else. Use and instead of but; share what is possible instead of what is not; focus on what works instead of the obstacles. When I found yoga in search for a sense of peace and happiness, I found that, at the end of the day the same principles applied. With the exception that the ultimate goal was not to persuade others but to be happy with myself. Turns out I’m more persuasive being happy. Funny how that works. And when I am not, the world lets me know. A little bit of awareness opens the floodgates to messages all around us with feedback and opportunity to adjust ourselves before we stray too far.

Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. 

How do we do that?

What I found to be the most powerful tool for shifting thought and gaining control over my own thoughts is mantra. Mantra is what you say over and over again, day after day. And the essence of that single phrase repeated gets embedded vibrationally at the cellular level and becomes who we are. Examples of mantra:

Amen

Salaam Shalom

I am sensible and in control of my finances.

I am perfect just the way I am.

I’m not smart enough.

I am too old.

It’s his fault.

I’m an idiot.

I am sexy and I know it

Ek Ong Kar. Sat Nam. Siri. Wahe Guru.

And when we say, think, or feel something over and over again, it enforces the pathway towards like action.

What I like about yoga mantra is that I can stay neutral with them. I don’t have to know what Ek Ong Kar means, and when I don’t know what it means, I am less likely to project my own stuff onto it and sabotage my efforts. I can simply say it over and over again and let it do its work.

Because of its power, mantra as a spiritual practice –spiritual meaning to know oneself- is an excellent way to reduce stress and anxiety and quiet the chattery monkey mind, which can help relieve insomnia or depression. It can open up the mind to see the gifts of life. It can bring a sense of abundance, calm, neutrality, oneness, self-empowerment, connection, and groundedness, as well as enhance creativity, spontaneity and love of life. Try it.