Our Yoga practice allows us to be conscious of the medicine we need for the day. After our practice we feel well. We never regret our decision to go, and our day is enhanced because we made a quality choice of nourishment for our self. In this way, we are learning that our human being-ness needs a daily dose of spiritual medicine, as a way to awaken us to our own savory aliveness.
Our daily medicine can also be thought of as ritual, devotion, and most traditionally, Sadhana. A Sadhana can be defined as "simply a daily spiritual practice designed to allow oneself to turn inward and perceive life as it truly is". I appreciate the term medicine, because it reminds me to take care of myself today. What have I done today that was medicinal for my soul?
Reminding myself of my daily medicine opens me up to any and all ideas that I can make time for in my day to take care of me. It could be a Yoga class, my morning meditation, writing, drawing, taking a bath, getting a pedicure, cooking a healing meal, drawing, breathing consciously, applying lotion with essential oils, walking in nature, sitting by the ocean, etc. It doesn't have to be an accomplishment or a grand event. A moment or two honoring and acting on what your soul needs. Just knowing that each day there is an opportunity to receive. It is in this receiving to my soul that makes it medicine.
By giving to ourselves, we can be more present and alive with everything we do, and our relationship with our life evolves respectfully. Making devotional and healing choices for ourselves becomes a habit that carries over into our relationships and the rest of our life. Eventually everything we do has quality and care, because we have cultivated quality and care in our relationship with self.
One of my favorite teachers, Elena Brower, writes:
“Each moment spent in that state of respect is felt through all we do.
“How may we cultivate devotion daily?
“Noting when we interrupt, and when we gracefully navigate our interactions.
“Granting unexpected kindnesses.
“Arranging ourselves with abundance in our thinking, and our loving.
“Orienting ourselves toward daily ritual until reverence becomes the only offering we make to ourselves, even when we falter.
“Remembering to respect even in the face of disrespect, until respect becomes all we offer everyone, every time, everywhere.
“And what if those around us seem less than reverent?
“Our work is to hold to our own internal devotion. This is why we keep up our practices – to keep reminders of reverence nearby, so when doubt enters our environment (our own or another’s), we can hold the space naturally and effectively until the doubt dissipates.”