4 Pitfalls to Spiritual Practice Keeping You from Change
Sādhanā (Sanskrit: साधना;) is understood as a means of attaining a spiritual goal. Through practice we develop dispassion and non-attachment. Quite the paradox — having a goal through non-attachment. Tricky business to say the least.
Here’s how to avoid the most common pitfalls to practice that keep you from change:
1. Forgetting change is your nature
Here’s the deal … we arrive at our practice seeking change. The thing is we are change. We can’t do change. But we delude ourselves into thinking we are in control and we can will and effort change. Don’t go there.
Ride the wave.
2. Thinking you are in control
It pains me to see Yogi’s forcing themselves into place and holding themselves in a rigid meditation posture creating more tension instead of liberating it. It also makes me uncomfortable to witness healers manipulating energy.
Reiki, Meditation and Yoga are practices to synch with the wave of change and attune to the natural intelligence. We awaken our inner intelligence to inform outer alignment in yoga, to create space for our natural meditative rhythm and to free the flow of our life energy. We can’t control this process. It’s a natural unfolding we tend to through the awareness we cultivate through practice.
We are both the wave and the ocean.
3. Rejecting What Is
What do you have aversion to? Pain? Conflict? The unknown? It’s far too easy to arrive at our practice in an attempt to fix our pain or get outside of our discomfort. As much as we can take refuge within the sanctuary of our practice we must not avoid what is. Otherwise our practice might be a detour taking us further away from ourselves.
Our practice is an opportunity to meet ourselves where we are, as we are. Instead of negating our experience of ourselves, we may open our arms wide open and embrace what is - the totality of our experience. This circles us back to ourselves and is where transformation arises.
Lean into the wave.
4. Being attached to the practice itself
Could you imagine still riding your bike with training wheels? What first helped you find your way can quickly become a hindrance. Our practice is the same way.
What first serves us on our path may one day no longer be relevant or needed. We often develop such gratitude and love for the practice that has served us that we sometimes hold on when it’s no longer useful. One practice may just be a stepping stone for another. Be open to your practice changing to meet your ever changing needs.
Let go of the form of one wave to ride another.