Transcend your circumstances with a daily spiritual practice!

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?

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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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  • I believe that knowing everything happens for a reason, and truly believing that, is a form of detachment.   It makes it easier, when something happens that you don’t like or don’t want to happen, you can KNOW that it, too, is happening for a reason, for our greatest good.  That way we don’t get too attached to what we WANTED to have happen, which didn’t.  It’s like, “Well, I wanted THAT, but I didn’t get THAT, I got THIS instead, and I know THIS is for my greatest good, not THAT, and I can be happy with THIS.”  If that made any sense… lol… 

    I see a lot of people (myself included at times) get SO wrapped up in what THEY want.  And when they don’t get it, they either get really angry or upset, or PUSH vehemently for it to hapen at all costs.  Of course that never turns out well. 

    I know I’ve pushed for jobs and relationships that I thought would be so great for me, that turned out to not be.  Then again, everything’s a learning experience, and I know I’m still learning… 

    Sarah
    http://beyouliveyourdream.blogspot.com/2013/02/dont-ignore-what-you-know.html

  • Queeney1

    I start each day reading you Mastin and then i write prayers in my prayer book.

  • My current practice is 20 minutes of meditation in the morning.  Right now I’m reading May Cause Miracles so I read that after my meditation and practice the affirmations throughout the day.  I also practice being aware of my thoughts and not believing the negative ones while simultaneously reprogramming my mind to only think loving thoughts because I know my thoughts create my reality.

    • J9como

       Have you heard of Byron Katie and “The Work?”  It’s a great way to question your thoughts and release the ego.

  • Tiffany

    As of now…I read your blog and Iyanla Vanzant Daily devotion every morning…while sending a motivational blog to African women globally who need to be inspired…yep…

     “unconditional acceptance of what is”…I love it!

  • Emma

    Thank you for this thoughtful post! There’s so much here to inspire me and make me think!

  • Love it, thank you

  • sherilyn

    The point of my philosophy teacher saying as I wrote to Jenna, that ” your inner world must be bigger than your outer” was misunderstood ……he meant that most are too identified with the outer. That their souls, their inner world was hungry, that it deserved attention and intention. Just to clarify. 

  • janineco

    I have set a goal to start doing Gabrielle Bernstein’s ego buster every day.  Now that Spring is coming, I will go back to walking every day in the forest.  It’s MAGICAL.  I also go to sleep with meditation or angel tapes.  During the day I often practice Byron Katie’s “The Work,” to question my thoughts and help me to loosen the hold the ego has on my attention.

  • Mitchellsalinas26
  • Kathleen Chelquist

    Eeenie, meenie, miinie, moe…I do quite a few things for my spiritual practice. And, my MAIN mantras is: “WHAT I WANT AND WHAT I NEED FOR MY SPIRITUAL GROWTH IS NOT ALWAYS THE SAME.” Just this morning, I finished a blog on this topic. I called it, “My Secret.”  The secret to life is exactly what you mentioned Mastin, “Unconditional acceptance of what is.” To put out for our wishes, hopes, and dreams…and then to say, “YES,” to what shows up. Even when it is NOT what I want. I did not want cancer four times. I did not want my dad to dump me. I did not want a lot of things. And, when I trust and surrender to the “what is,” I create peace. Now that is a MAJOR spiritual practice. Saying, “YES,” when we want to say, “NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!”  
    The Daily Commenter,
    Kathleen
    are-you-there-kathleen-its-me-god.blogspot.com/ 

  • Eeenie, meenie, miinie, moe…I do quite a few things for my spiritual practice. And, my MAIN mantras is: “WHAT I WANT AND WHAT I NEED FOR MY SPIRITUAL GROWTH IS NOT ALWAYS THE SAME.” Just this morning, I finished a blog on this topic. I called it, “My Secret.”  The secret to life is exactly what you mentioned Mastin, “Unconditional acceptance of what is.” To put out for our wishes, hopes, and dreams…and then to say, “YES,” to what shows up. Even when it is NOT what I want. I did not want cancer four times. I did not want my dad to dump me. I did not want a lot of things. And, when I trust and surrender to the “what is,” I create peace. Now that is a MAJOR spiritual practice. Saying, “YES,” when we want to say, “NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!”  
    The Daily Commenter,
    Kathleen
    are-you-there-kathleen-its-me-god.blogspot.com/