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The power of having a spiritual practice every day!

mk_treesSadhana 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 sadhana?

As always, the action happens in the comments below. Leave a comment and join the conversation! The TDL Community thrives in the comments and it’s a GREAT place to get support!

Love,

Mastin

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Mastin Kipp is the founder and CEO of The Daily Love. Follow him on Twitter here.

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  • Sandy

    Meditation, prayer, journaling and being in nature are my spiritual practices. Also checking in daily with The Daily Love!!

  • Bdavis107

    i’am getting my life back together after being an active addict for 20 years. new at exercising spiritually but for starters i pray in the morning right when i get up and at night before i go to bed. it was hard to remember to do and if i was already in bed or about the house i would just push it off. I have been praaying everyday for a bit of time now and it really centers me before the day begins, doesnt really put me at ease before i go to sleep, i have sleep apnea and i dont have the cpap machine yet. I’m going to stick around because i believe more will be revealed.

    • Craig

      Best of love to you. I’m recoving alcoholic addict of 22 years. There is more support out here in cyberspace than I had in 1990. Use all your resources and know that you are loved by people you havn’t even met yet. Using alcohol and drugs for me was a search for higher conciousness that couldn’t be found in unconsiousness. I have found and continue my journey searching and finding love all over the place. Love is more powerful and feels so much better. The desire to drink and use has left me long ago. Right now I’m dealing with much loss in my life. I’m here giving away what I have so I can keep it. That is what love is all about. Faceless brother (or sister?) get that cpap so you can stick around and find out what a higher power has to offer you. Much love and support for your recovery.

    • Kathy-parker

      Praying for all people at the dinner table. Having quiet time in the early morning before starting the day. Being of service when I can.

      to those recovering ! I have family members that I wish would be doing what those of you are doing . God bless !

  • Rebeca

    About two months ago I began the most minimal of meditation practices – just 5 minutes of focused breathing in the morning. It seems incredible, but even this little bit has had a dramatic effect on the quality of my life.  I find myself more focused, calm and centered, with better control of how I react to things. I still don’t do it every morning, but it’s silly not to, and I’m working on getting there.

  • keepingitreal2

    It can be hard balancing detachment when we are such emotional beings. Morning prayers are a great way to start but then the day begins and i easily forget to “breath”. Its all about practice, practice, practice.

  • Craig

    Back into the Course In Miricles and re-re-re-re reading The Power of Now. Listening to Tara Brach podcasts on commutes. Meditation and prayer daily. AA meetings 3xs a week. Mostly and most recently letting go of much suffering related to a friend that has a day or two to live. Loving him with all my heart and allowing his love in my heart as he passes.

  • Tiffany

    I am in search of a spiritual practice…the journey of the unknown, but I feel guided still…

  • http://twitter.com/ChrissieBee1 Chrissie Bee

    Instead of jumping out of bed, I now wake up an hour early and use the 60 mins to make contact with God by recognizing all my blessings and giving thanks.  I ponder Al Anon’s 12 steps and work on my inventory recognizing where I’ve been wrong and accepting it…and yes, only then can I begin to change.  But it’s not all about the negative so I also give time to acknowledging the good in me.  Both help me in loving myself which leads to being able to love others more.  I don’t want to be judged on my life mistakes so I try to hold true to that when it comes to others.
    Thanks, Mastin, for sharing your wisdom daily.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=640547222 Michele Gocolay

    My Sadhana…. waking up early, curled up with my book and my favorite “butter” tea.

  • Amanda D.

    My Sadhana is yoga in the morning (10 to 15 minutes) then reading & meditating on the train to work. Then at night I do yoga again, read up on the current book I’m reading Gabby’s May Cause Miracles, & read up on other yoga news/ or twits. I usually learn something interesting before I go to sleep all the time such as essential oils are absorbed into & circulating in the body in 20 seconds :) 

  • http://www.are-you-there-kathleen-its-me-god.blogspot.com/ Kathleen Reynolds Chelquist

    I often say, “I CARE, but do not mind.” That is of course, when I am coming from my heart. Just recently I spoke to a friend about this very topic. The EGO tells us that we DO NOT CARE. We actually believe it. What we believe and what we know are two different things. When we start taming the EGO, we begin to listen to our soul (The Truth Teller) and our soul CARES about everyone…even criminals. We can see that EVERY THING has a spiritual purpose…. EVERYTHING! Is your mind beginning to tug with me yet? My mentor, Cinnamon Lofton, was brutally raped for 16 years by her father as well as beaten. She is now almost 70 years old and does hours of physical therapy in her room for hours (night and morning) due to extreme back  pain. Pain that she cares about, and Pain that she does not mind. She was at her father’s bedside telling him to go in peace when he died, telling him that if it had not been for him….she would not be who she is (a humble servant of love). She was given the chance in our EARTH SCHOOL to FORGIVE the UNFORGIVABLE act. SO, what is my spiritual practice? My practice is Sadhana’s. GIven by a CInnamon (a master who CHOOSES enlightment every moment of the day). Is your mind pulling again? Yeah, mine would be too. And, although there was a time that I cared AND minded what people would think. I minded when people did not listen to what I KNOW (not believe). And, guess what? Today…I care, but do not mind. And, boy…does that feel GOOD!
    The Daily Commenter,
    Kathleen Chelquist
    are-you-there-kathleen-its-me-god.blogspot.com/

    • Daily reader

      “I care but do not mind”….  I often get the question, by someone that is easily agitated, “how does that not bother you? how do you not care?”….  I have the perfect answer now :)

      • http://www.are-you-there-kathleen-its-me-god.blogspot.com/ Kathleen Reynolds Chelquist

        Thanks!!! I live for “Ah Ha” moments in myself and others, and I am glad it resonated for you.

  • Jen

    I have been on a spiritual journey myself. Reading this connected directly with the hopes of my heart. Through therapy and finding Buddhism, I am beginning to believe my inner voice and calm the outside influences, and really embody the detachment you’re speaking of. I am very new to the practice, but they teach you meditation techniques such as vajrasattva and other visualizations. What works for me might not work for you, but I have never been calmer and more self-confident in all my 30 years. Much love to all :)

  • Marie-Helene

    Wonderful! Really beautiful and very true message today. My morning meditation really changes everything for me. It has become as important as breathing… Thank you! :)

  • ejc0406

    I say positive mantras in my head and aloud all day long. I’m trying to surround myself with loving notes (at work in my car, on my mirrors at home) and visit positive websites (like this!) Intertwine it into my day all day long.  Each day gets easier and I love being “addicted” to positivity vs the old “drama” I used to be addicted to.

  • Ashiekagaoan

    Thank you for this post. The difference between acceptance and toleration is something I needed to read in order to better understand something I’m going through at the moment. I am trying to accept someone close to me who I have been tolerating for a long time. I’ve recently ended this relationship and it has been very hard but I think it was necessary in order for me to accept who he is and look to him with love. So thanks again! And thank you Spirit!

  • pb

    I get up and spend 15 min at meditation, write in my gratitude journal,pick a card from Esther Hicks Money & the Law of Attraction Cards, (I try to follow it all day,some days YES;other days Not so Much).  This takes about 30min each morning.  I have never written down what I do-this was so helpful. 

  • Sonjakay

    My GF Kathleen, who just commented below, turned me on to your website.  I love it!
    I love practicing.  My teacher, Cinnamon Lofton, teaches the importance of practice.  I, myself tell everyone I talk to that practice is key to change.  Love of course is the main ingredient.  I tell my spiritual daughter’s that it’s no different than going to the gym.  Muscle does not grow all by itself.  You must practice a work-out.  I am so glad you asked what our spiritual practice is.  I love talking about mine.  I love sharing.

    I wake up and thank God and everything.  Got that from Wayne Dyer.  I started practicing it, and now it’s like going to grab my tea every morning. 
    I read a page from my teacher’s book, Here Now, every morning.  This is the page I read this morning…
    Page 175..
    Make your decision NOW.  You can’t make a wrong decision.   Every decision takes you deeper into the place of learning.   Learn to trust life.   Learn to love yourself…Allow yourself to be loved.  What more is there? 
    I read my daily devotional, Jesus Calling.
    I pull an Angel card for the day.  I am in the process of becoming an Angel Therapist full time. 
    I write down my positive affirmations and then visualize them. 
    Then I do either a breathing, chakra or yoga meditation. 
    I send love and light to the world.
    I do these things almost everyday of the week.  

    Practicing is the tool to re-programming.  I work with Mother Mary for my daughter’s.  I haven’t seen my daughter, Hannah since she was 9.  I lost her to PAS, Parental Alienation Syndrome, and I received a call from Hannah a month ago asking to talk to me and see me.  I have the ability to Astral Travel and I work with Angels and Mother Mary by traveling to my daughter’s house and talking to her Guardian Angel.  Mother Mary assured me that she is working with Hannah to bring her back to me.  When Hannah called me, I fell to the floor crying in happiness saying thank you, thank you Mother Mary, Angels, and God!!! My practice paid off!  I co-created this with God.  That is another thing we must understand.  We have to do the work too.  We are given guidance, then we must act on it.  Working together is how to make it happen.

    I have successfully changed so many areas of my life just by practicing. 

    Thank you for reading about my experience.  :)

    Sonja Noriega

  • jeangknee

    I am finally learning that I must accept situations that I may not like. Acceptance, in our common usage,  seems to have taken on some element of approval. The opposite of acceptance is denial– not dislike. I really don’t want to live in denial.
    My daily routines (which includes Bikram Yoga most days) are all part of my spiritual practices. Planning my meals and activities and looking for potential obstacles in the day all can be done as opportunities to mindfully live each day with intention.

  • Shea J Jackson

    Hi Mastin, 

    The Daily Love is definitely a part of my sadhana, and over the past couple of years of reading I have noticed a transformation within myself. I’m more in tune with life and take more notice of intuitive moments of clarity and connectedness with the ever loving Uni-Verse.. Thank you for your service.

    As a side note, I couldn’t help but to notice that the Quotes tab is not yet fully functional.

    I love the quotes that open your notes of DailyLove. If there is any thing that I can do to help the process along let me know — transcribing them into a database could be another form of meditation for me that could also help serve the community I love so much.

    Let me know! You can find me @SheaJay:twitter 

    -Shea

  • http://beyouliveyourdream.blogspot.com/ Sarah Noel

    My favorite part of this post is the difference between acceptance and tolerance.  I never heard that before.  I tolerated some things about my ex-boyfriend, but didn’t accept them.  Now I accept them, and we are no longer together.  I’m so much less stressed.  It was absolutely the right thing to do, spiritually. 

    My mind is running right now… thinking of all the times I’ve tolerated, but not accepted, and when I could accept, but not tolerate.  I’ll definitely be thinking about this one for a long time! 

    Sarah
    http://beyouliveyourdream.blogspot.com/2013/02/i-love-hope.html

  • Jclark

    Good words! Thank you for reminding me for this principle.

  • http://twitter.com/LivingUrBliss Bliss Magazine

    I like that word Sadhana it sounds like the Kiswahili word Sadaka which means offering/giving an offering. My Sadhana is Gratitude. Every morning when i get up before getting out of bed i give thanks and truly feel it in every being of my body and only after i am completely enveloped by this feeling of gratitude do i get out of bed..

  • deena

    I love this article. I am a Muslim and we have to pray five times a day as part of our spiritual practice. What I can relate to this article is that we also have a similar ‘sandhana’ practice which we pray before the break of dawn too. This also can be considered as a meditation. It’s just a special time between an individual with the God, you try to forget everything else and communicate with Him. No matter what happen that day, we take a break and tell Allah our sorrows and happiness. Indirectly your article makes me want to hold onto my faith stronger and be more committed to my spiritual practice as the benefits are abundance.

  • Paintedlaughter

    I feel like what you are saying is not to take anything personally. When we do this, then other people’s words & actions will be seen more as a reflection of where they are at, versus allowing them to define us. Same thing goes for the circumstances in our life which we can’t control. When we stop taking things personally, we can focus on who we WANT to be, instead of expending energy worrying about things we can’t control.

  • EssBee

    Hello -
    I have been thinking about the “I Care, But do not Mind” post for a few days now. Thinking about this gives me some measure of peace, but then the other part of me kicks in with “I Care and I DO Mind!” Things folks say and do hurt sometimes.  God Bless your mentor, Ms. Cinnamon for what she’s gone through and how she is able to shed much love and peace around her circumstances. I need help to understand the “Do not mind” part – I’m eager to know how long that takes to truly internalize that.

  • JenCord

    Thanks for sharing, Mastin. This is definitely one of the greatest keys to a happy, emotionally stable life. I’ve learned that we must stay committed to the journey but have no attachment to the outcome. Being attached to preconceived outcomes makes us prisoners to our ego. That’s a yucky place to be in!