Sādhanā has been described as ‘a discipline undertaken in the pursuit of a goal.
Abhyāsa is repeated practice performed with observation and reflection. Kriyā, or action, also implies perfect execution with study and investigation. Therefore, sādhanā, abhyāsa, and kriyā all mean one and the same thing.
A sādhaka, or practitioner, is one who skillfully applies…mind and intelligence in practice towards a spiritual goal.’ (B.K.S. Iyengar)
I have a newfound control on every aspect of my time, and I intend to make the best use of it. Not by overworking myself, but by being more productive. Not by compromising on responsiveness, but by choosing when and how to respond. Not by neglecting my health – but in fact – giving more time to my body and mind. And…not by complaining that I don’t have the time – but by making the best use of all the time that is available to me.
This 21-day Sādhanā challenge is my way of a bit of course correction – and breaking some long-standing habits. You are welcome to try it for yourself.
How to go about it
This sādhanā is designed to be a 21-day course. Why 21 days? The short answer is that it is believed that 21 days makes a habit.
And so the sādhanā is designed as a series of 21 articles, each touching upon a specific topic, to serve as the backdrop for the exercises that follow. I would recommend that you read one article a day, for 21 days at a stretch, and then read the summary articles broken down week-by-week (week 1, week 2, week 3) – again, one a day. And finally, the “What I learnt” article, to complete the theory bit of the sādhanā.