By Kathe Forrest aka Siri Kirin Kaur
“When the time is on you, start, and the pressure will be off!”
This is one of Yogi Bhajan’s 5 Sutras for the Aquarian Age. It is a call to action. “Stop fooling around and move” is one meaning.
Sadhana can be out of reach for either a new student or for someone who has practiced for years. The energy behind this sutra can inspire you to get going when beginning or maintaining your spiritual practice, even when the going gets tough.
The alarm has been buzzing or gently ringing and here is what may happen:
You can never quite get yourself out of bed when it’s cold outside and it’s cozy under the blanket. Or, you know that you didn’t get enough sleep due to getting up in the middle of the night to let the dog out. Or, you just don’t feel like sitting in your beautiful yoga room that morning.
I have used every one of those excuses and more, even though I wrote a book called The Forty Day Sadhana Companion, which was written as a guiding star to explain the practice and encourage a person to get going.
Regularity is everything in sadhana. Sitting in the same space and meditating every day lies at the heart of spirituality. If we evoke this rhythm in our day, then our etheric body becomes used to it and helps us reach a higher plateau in life.
So, to get past these “blocks” that may happen to you, I suggest the following:
- Remember how wonderful it feels to connect with the Universe in the early morning. There is nothing like peace and quiet to settle thoughts that even then begin to jump around in your mind.
- Use numerology to inspire you. The day’s date, like 4, 13, 22, or 31 – all 4’s which denotes work, so possibly this means you get a lot done today or it’s going to be rough. You will need a reinforcement of sadhana in your back pocket. Or maybe it’s a 7, a spiritual day and a time to look inward and begin the day with prayer. Or use the personal sadhana suggestions from your numerology reading: https://www.3ho.org/3ho-lifestyle/tantric-numerology/reading and https://www.3ho.org/3ho-lifestyle/tantric-numerology/suggested-personal-sadhanas-ten-bodies
- Post a blog on the FB page, “Yogis Who Practice 40 Days” about your progress in a 40 day sadhana. Encourage others to keep up, which will inspire you to do the same. Call on the Keep Up spirit!
- Get a partner to share your sadhana experience. You then have someone to discuss what’s going on your life, or why you may be having a difficult time getting up. Get some feedback and stimulus to keep going.
- Your partner could be your pet who wakes you every morning at 5:00am to be fed and to remind you to do sadhana! (Yes, this happens, and an alarm is not needed).
- Ask for help and blessings from your Guru for the energy and positive mind to get up and get going.
For more ideas and inspiration check out The 40 Day Sadhana Companion, available through Amazon in hardback or eBook or through Spirit Voyage.
Be well and vibrate the Cosmos now!
Kathe Forrest lives in Brenham, Texas, and teaches in two counties. Her newest location is teaching in a chapel deep in the Texas woods called the I Am Chapel. How cool is that!