I’ve decided to start off the year with two 40-day commitments. I’ve done this before, with positive results; along with the habit-forming part of it, I’ve found that it’s a good way to mark a new chapter, to set a new foundation for things to come. This time, I want to get back to a daily yoga practice (I’ve taken a break due to a sore knee and a bit of burn-out, truth be told) and I’d also like to make writing a bigger priority. So, with that, my 40-day challenge…
1. Daily Sadhana
Okay, not the 2 1/2 hour kind. I realize I haven’t said much (if anything) about my Kundalini yoga practice on this site, so might as well just jump in with the crazy and let you decide if you’re into it. The word sadhana refers to a daily spiritual practice. Many people follow the Aquarian Sadhana, a practice that takes about 2 1/2 hours, and is usually performed at 4:30 in the morning. You can read more about sadhana here.
I’ll occasionally practice an Aquarian Sadhana, but it’s typically only for special times of the year – I’m just not ready to commit to the whole enchilada. Here’s what my daily practice looks like:
– Tune in with the Adi Mantra
– 10-minute warm-up series, which includes stretch pose, a counter-pose where I’m rolled into a ball, and ego eradicator
– 11-minute meditation
I’ll often use the 11 minutes for silent meditation, but this time, I wanted to get back to a prescribed meditation. I settled on the Sodarshan Chakra Kriya. Here’s the brief description from 3HO: ‘One of the greatest transformational meditations, the most effective way to clear your subconscious garbage.’ Sounds good, right? I’ll practice that for 11 minutes, and follow it up with 11 minutes of silent meditation.
Wow. I had a little more to say about that than I thought I would.
2. Write (here, on this blog) every day
Yes, every day for 40 days. Huh. I was going to say, “it’ll be like my own NaBloPoMo, without the ‘Na’,” but apparently we’re doing this every month now. Who knew? Okay, well, add that to the list of prompts that will help me along here. Some of it will be great! Some of it will not be great! But like I said, I have some help, which also includes:
No One Cares What You Had for Lunch: 100 Ideas for Your Blog, by Margaret Mason
Prompts from the Dream Lab class I took over a year ago (I was a bit delinquent in that one, and have been meaning to get back to this work)
Mondo Beyondo Dream Generator questions, available when you sign up for the mailing list (Am I a Jen Lemen and Andrea Scher superfan? Yes, I am.)
Prompts from my coach, Rachel W. Cole
So. That’s all I need, right? Oh, and um, time, and commitment, the willingness to be vulnerable, and something to say. Just that. I’ll be fine. Can you tell that this is way harder than the yoga thing for me? And this is precisely why I’m ready for the 40-day challenge.