Sadhana, or spiritual practice is how, not what

Approach everything and every act with intent to serve nature and then life becomes yoga or sadhana, spiritual practice.  The following is written by Sri Swami Satchidanda.

Spiritual Practice is Not What You Are Doing, But What You Are Thinking – November 30
When you repeat your mantram, you should feel, “I’m not doing it for my sake. I am doing it to train my mind. If I train my mind, I can serve better.” So even your mantra repetition becomes an offering. “I’m doing everything as an offering to God, guru and humanity,” Then you don’t make distinctions between, “Ahh, this is sadhana, this is spiritual practice. That is not.” Sometimes we say, “Oh, I don’t have time to do sadhana. I’m always working on the bulldozer.” So what is bulldozing then? Your working on the bulldozer is not spiritual? Do you think that only by going into a corner and closing your eyes and murmurinmg something you are doing spiritual practice?
Spiritual practice is not what you are doing, but what you are thinking. Remember that. If you could understand the meaning of sadhana you would know how to do it. You don’t have to change your activities and say “This is sadhana but this is not.” Even your eating. Even when you sit on the toilet you are doing sadhana. Remember that. Everything becomes a spiritual practice. We should transform all our activities into this kind of sadhana. That means “I am doing everything as a meditation, as an offering, as a prayer to serve God through service to the humanity.” I wouldn’t even say to humanity; do it as a service to the nature. Why only humanity? Humanity means only human beings. Serve the dogs, serve the cats, serve the rats, serve the mosquitoes. Serve the plants. Be nice to them, be loving. Even if you have to pull out a weed, do it in a loving way.
Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi

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You are not your thoughts

You are an infinite being larger than the comfortable room the ego has built around your awareness, read more at: Ram Dass “expanding out of the ego’s room”

Watch your thoughts for they become your words.

Watch your words for they become your actions.

Watch your actions for they become your habits.

Watch your habits for they becomes your character.

Watch your character for it becomes your destiny.

(Lao Tzu).

Yoga Nidra Workshop

Yoga nidra is a practice of yogic sleep, in which the practitioner reaches the deepest state of relaxation while maintaining a fully lucid consciousness. Yoga nidra is a great practice to develop a deeper relationship with your Self, while cleansing the body and mind of tension, anxiety, and any associated physical symptoms, including headaches, neck tension, and digestion disruptions. It has been said that one hour of yoga nidra is equivalent to four hours of normal sleep.
You will be first guided through a pranayama practice to center and ground yourself and then a yoga nidra practice that will journey between an awakened state and a deep sleep. Expect to feel totally relaxed and free from all external situations, circumstances, etc.

This is taking place December 5 at 2-3:30pm.  $20 with preregistration; $25 at the door.