It has been 4 months since I started the second half of Yogic Studies 2 and I have one week of prescribed sadhana (yoga practice), 1 quiz, a “major” assignment on Patanjali and the Bhagavad Gita, and a practical assessment and I will be “finished.” Finished with the course perhaps, but certainly not “finished” with the yogic process-at least not in this lifetime.
So after 4 months, what have I learned? Well, I have learned that sadhana is difficult. This came as no surprise.
I learned that life (and pets!) can get in the way of sadhana—at times adding comic relief!
But above all, I have learned that sadhana will ALWAYS be there. Now that’s a nugget to hang on to.
There are so many different paths (styles, types) of yoga and I feel fortunate to found the one that I am currently traveling on. It is no accident that I am where I am.
Swami Niranjanananda has said something to the effect of that “when exploring yoga we can dig ten 1 foot holes or one 10 foot hole.” The latter he believes is the most efficient.
The “tools” have been given ( a shovel?), the path is well worn, and it is just a matter of motivation, fortitude, and getting a little dirt on my hands.
So as I do my best to “finish strong” this week I know that it really doesn’t matter. There is always tomorrow, and the next day, and the next month, and the next year. On and on and on….through this lifetime and probably a few more.
So far I am thirteen years on this path, digging the same hole.