In Sanskrit there is a term called “Sadhana” which is refers to the transformative or transcendent ‘accomplishment’ of something (usually an internal shift) through disciplined practices and introspection. Or, in English, this is the word for Oprah’s “Ahh” moment.
Those things we know… that one day ‘hit’ us and change our lives for the brighter.
See, the thing about Sadhana is we all know it. Our brightest self. It is inside of us. And, sometimes, we are even practicing it.
Go with me for a second…
I was reminded of this innate truth when I was talking with a friend recently. You already know that we are CONSTANTLY changing. Righting. Getting better. We are constantly ‘practicing’ too. That whole human-life-kindness thing.
At least we can (dare-I-say-should) be!
It’s just sometimes we forget that we do do it. Get smarter. The ritual of growing up.
But, that’s also the “Ahh” Sadhana. Even if it comes soaked in tears, the growth is the fact that we cry instead of… The fact that we write a letter instead of… The fact that we breathe.
Or, catch our breath.
And, do it again.
The ritual is life. And, the transformation is not always self-evident. Sometimes we transcend by negation. I am not ‘there’ anymore. I can acknowledge that ‘that thing’ is happening and choose to dedicate my energies elsewhere. I can recognize that it is not about me…
That’s the WONDERFUL thing I was reminded of– the practice of CHOICE and the Sadhana that comes with the realization that you’ve made one. What a beautiful thing. Honor yourself.
Whether your ritual is a yoga mat or a cup of tea, prayer or a piece of paper, you can grow beyond yourself as you come to know yourself. You’ve got your OWN “Ahh”.
Maybe just get down with growing into YOU?!