iphone photo of Mt. Hood and the half moon taken on my way to yoga workshop...
I am lucky to have friends who are full on yogis and spiritual teachers. Last night at their School of Cosmic Consciousness workshop, I learned about the word "sadhana"—or daily spiritual practice. For some, this is getting up at the crack of dawn, meditating, running, praying. For me, it's writing. My wise friend described her "sadhana" of daily meditation as both her "life jacket" and her "anchor." Sometimes the benefit is clear, but sometimes it feels like a burden, even when it offers us a kind of safety. Still we commit, and trust our own experience. If you are resisting discovering or implementing your own sadhana, try the steps from this great article I discovered, called "How To Take Action When You Just Don't Wanna." (And thank you again, wise and wonderful Hardev Kaur and Gurucharan for an inspiring evening!)
My name is Ila Asplund. My vision is to increase the impact of organizations advancing gender equity and social justice. I do this through creating in-person and digital engagement experiences, storytelling, and thoughtful communications strategies for my clients. In previous years, I also provided international journeys to give travelers the opportunity to meet and engage with global leaders who are improving life for women.
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