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Sadhana – A Spiritual Practice for Life
by Mastin Kipp
Editor's Note from David Arenson: What's your spiritual practice or sadhan? Founder of The Daily Love blog, Mastin Kipp shares awesome insights with our readers, as usual.
We don't need to be defined by outer circumstances. Kipp offers tips on how to mould our experience so that that which we perceive becomes greater, our outer world can start to match our inner world. Without a spiritual practice, we can easily lose ourselves.
Sadhana is the Sanskrit word that means "spiritual practice". The goal of the spiritual practice is to calm the mind and bring less attachment to the outside comings and goings of life.
Living with a sense of detachment is KEY to living a spiritual life.
This doesn't mean we don't care, or we are apathetic. It means that we know that life and crazy stuff happens, but it doesn't define us. It means that no matter what happens "out there" we are not affected "in here".
A sadhana practice can be a simple 5, 10 or 20-minute morning and/or evening meditation. Or you could chant a mantra or even go for a walk. The idea is to have a practice that calms the mind and brings more awareness to the breath and to the Divinity in your life. When we have less attachment to the outside world and the circumstances thereof, we are more powerful creators and co-creators of our life.
We are no longer defined on an experiential level by our circumstances, so we can begin to mold our outer world to match our inner world, instead of the other way around. Without a spiritual practice every day we can become lost and so attached to what happens that we get lost in the world.
The great spiritual teacher Jiddu Krishnamurti was once asked the key to his happiness, to which he said, "I don't mind how it goes."
This is a POWERFUL statement. This is the essence of LOVE. Our definition of LOVE here at TDL is "unconditional acceptance of what is". Note, I did NOT say unconditional TOLERATION of what is. There's a difference. We do not and should not tolerate hateful behavior. But we are powerless to change anything without first accepting it.
So, with our spiritual practice we can accept what happens in the outside world without it needing to define who we are. And in doing so, we start to cultivate a POWERFUL perspective that will allow us to transcend our circumstances and truly give our gifts to the world.
What's your spiritual practice or sadhan?
P.S. Please enjoy the quotes below and feel free to visit my blog for more - The Daily Love.
"When you have an emotional reaction to what you see, you are judging. That is your signal that you have an issue inside of yourself - with yourself - not with the other person. If you react to evil, look inside yourself for the very thing that so agitates you, and you will find it. If it were not there, you will simply discern, act appropriately, and move on."
- Gary Zukav, page 157 from his book "Soul to Soul". Zukav is a best-selling inspirational author and a former Green Beret during the war in Vietnam.
"According to A Course in Miracles, there are only two basic emotions: one is fear, the other is love. You may fear the disapproval of others. Take that risk and you'll discover that you receive more approval when you don't seek it than when you do. You may fear the unknown. Take that risk as well. Wander in there, asking yourself, "What is the worst thing that can happen if this doesn't work out?" The truth is that you will just move beyond it. You're not going to starve to death or be tortured if it doesn't work out... Fear knocked at the door. Love answered and no one was there."
~ Wayne Dyer, page 29 from his book "10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace."
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About the Author
Mastin Kipp created The Daily Love in 2005 under the original name “Thoughts for the Day”. Kipp embarked upon a journey in 2004 to find his true purpose and figure out the techniques to best manifest Highest Potential. Along the way he figured there must have been other people who have come before him who’ve were met with the same challenges he was facing to find true happiness and inner peace.
Mastin opened up Google and started searching. He found that all people from all parts of History and all walks of life had different morsels of wisdom to offer Mastin on his journey. He found a common thread shared by: philosophers, artists, authors, mystics, religious leaders, inventors, entrepreneurs, musicians, politicians, athletes, actors, polymaths, prophets, media moguls and every day people alike. His search drove him deeper into reading book after book after book, attending seminars, soaking up the wisdom traditions and always looking deeper for more insight on how to improve the human condition.
Mastin discovered an inspirational buffet of knowledge and started combining all of these teachings into his own life. Shortly, he thought it would be fun to share them with his friends on MySpace and started posting bulletins. That evolved into sharing the quotes on Facebook and through email. A friend pestered Mastin to start up a Twitter account, and he did reluctantly.
In August of 2009, after almost a year of posting quotes on Twitter and sending emails, Kim Kardashian suggested to her over 2 million followers that they should follow @TheDailyLove. Over night, The Daily Love went from 1,000 followers to 10,000 and now has over 300,000 followers on Twitter and is growing!
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