Archive for January, 2010

Svadhyaya – Self study & sacred study of the Divine

January 22, 2010

Svadhyaya- Sva means “self’ adhyaya means “inquiry” or “examination”. Any activity that cultivates self-reflection is svadhyaya. It means to intentionally find self-awareness in all our activities and efforts, even to the point of welcoming and accepting our limitations. It teaches us to be centered.  Svadhyaya is about making time to know ourselves better. The more honestly we know ourselves, the more we are able to be in control of our moods and emotions

Some of the primary sacred texts would the The Yoga Sutras by Patanjali, or the Bhagavad Gita

Things you can try to practice

Try writing your feelings down every day in a journal

Try writing a gratitude journal (3-5 things you are grateful for everyday)

Notice how you feel (body, mind & spirit)

Try something meditative:  running, knitting, hiking, playing music, sketching…

Affirmation for Tapas
I am a life long learner
I study to develop my higher self

I gather in truth with other spiritual beings
I live a life of reflection

Journal Writing Exercises:

What ways do you practice Svadhyaya?

How can you further engage in study and reflection?

When do you meet with others of like consciousness?  How often do you do so?

What form of prayer, mantra, or japa do you engage in?  What is it’s effect on you?

Yoga Posture for Svadhyaya:  Balasana, child’s pose

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