Everyday Sacred {#1}

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Practice Repeat

Life can sometimes feel like it’s slipping through our fingers. Rushing through our days, I’m sure everyone at some point has exclaimed “where the hell did the day go?!” and next thing you know it’s a new season. I mean it’s kind of inevitable as time here only moves forward, but when this becomes the status quo, life’s enjoyment slips away too.

It has been through cultivating my daily spiritual practice (or Sadhana) that I learned I could slow things down. In this conscious choice to savor every day a little more, I found a deeper grounding experience within. It’s in these stolen moments that I remind myself to fully inhabit the here and now; I acknowledge myself, and the care that I need to be happy, healthy and yes, holy. After all, we’re all connected and each of us is an integral part of the sacred current of all things.

When I put the brakes on the motions and commotions of daily life, and calm the monkey mind which is continually jumping from one thought to another, I can, if even just for a few moments, bear witness to the sacredness pulsing throughout my entire essence of being. I can honor my inner self, my heart, my Buddha nature. I make room to appreciate all things, to soften when I’d rather harden and to open up rather than shutting down.

I’ve heard people say over and over again that they don’t have time for a daily practice, or that they started but “life” happened and then stopped. I assure you that I’m not talking about hours here, or even a solid hour. It’s definitely awesome if you do have that time to dedicate to your practice, sometimes I do, but on most days, between work, raising my daughter, and life in general, I just don’t. I try my best to steal a bit of time upon waking, maybe a bit of time after work, and then a bigger chunk of time before bed, but it all depends on what’s going on and has to be taken day by day… and I honor that.

It’s life and we just gotta flow with it and be flexible. I know that if I’m too hard on myself, say about doing an hour of yoga every day, that I’ll get discouraged when I don’t. That practice then becomes a burden and actually a source of stress, which is totally the opposite of what it’s supposed to be right? So I’ve learned to let it be what it’s going to be for however much time it’s going to be. As long as I show up for that sacred time every day—whether it’s five minutes, ten, fifteen, half an hour, or hell, even a full flippin hour! I’ll take what I can get, and it’s way better than not showing up at all.

For all these reasons, this column will pop up sporadically. I can’t say with what frequency because I just gotta go with the flow. Just like my practice. But I’ll show up here and share with you some of my favorite practices, little glimpses inside my own Sadhana and inspiration that invites us all to tap into the sacred around us and ultimately back to ourselves.

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A gentle disclaimer: I’m eclectic, like mega diverse. I gather inspiration from wherever my heart leads me, from whichever culture, style and time in space that tickles my fancy. If it pulls me, I follow. With that said, not everything that I’ll discuss during the course of this column will necessarily resonate with you, and that’s totally cool. Like me, follow your heart. You are cultivating your own practice right? Keep what inspires you and leave the rest.

I’d love for you to share your experiences with me too! Or, if you have any questions or insights or general feedback, I want to hear it! You can either do so by commenting in the posts themselves, or you can email me at perilsoftheliving@rocketmail.com. Who knows, maybe your questions and/or comments will become the topic of a future column (without naming names of course). So let’s get interactive with this, and help and encourage each other to see the sacred in our everyday lives!

Everyday Sacred {#2} coming soon…

Jenn Grosso hails from a far and distant land impervious to the mundane and the conventional. Her eclectic interests always begin with an overwhelming curiosity, which catapults her into fanatical investigations and explorations. A lover of all creative mediums, she focuses most of her time on reading, writing, painting/mixed media, yoga, meditation and picture taking. Jenn holds BAs in Psychology and Comparative Religion. She continuously thrives on furthering her understanding of the mind-body-spirit connection, and has extensively studied holistic healing, specifically in the fields of Yoga, Herbalism and Aromatology.

With a penchant for all things beautifully extraordinary, Jenn recognizes the importance of honoring her shadow self and the medicine of everything around her. Embracing her inner sacred creative, Jenn plays host to the dance of shadow and light, while smiling at the fleeting nature of it all.

Shamelessly wearing her heart on her sleeve, Jenn can typically be found with a book in hand, mala around her neck, and skipping to the beat of her own drum. Connect with Jenn on her blog Perilsoftheliving, Facebook, Instagram and on Twitter.

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8 thoughts on “Everyday Sacred {#1}

  1. Oh, I love how you emphasized integrating sadhana every day, no matter when it’s done or for how long it’s practiced. And being open to creating a life flexible enough that one can find those “stolen moments” and really take advantage of them by “appreciating all things, softening rather than hardening, and opening rather than shutting down”. Beautiful!! And I love your follow-the-heart-flow, dear Jenn, and your eclectic taste. I look forward to more! Thank you for sharing! xoxo

    1. Thank you so much Catherine! <3 Yes, flexibility is key. It was really eye opening when I realized that my practice could be whatever I wanted it to be, however best it could serve me in my daily life. We put so many expectations on ourselves and our practice, but in the end, as long as it opens our heart, however it does that, is the whole point right? Thank you thank you sister! xoxoxox

  2. Jenn, thank you for your words & wisdom. We’re buddies on Insta and it is so nice to get to know you a bit deeper through this post. I love the message and wholeheartedly agree. In my Danielle LaPorte Desire Map day planner there is a quote that I think you’d like: “Attend first to the divine and the work at hand becomes art.”

    I look forward to your next post! Xoxoxo
    Sweetlikemaple

    1. Hey Jess! Thank you so much for your comment here! If you’re on Facebook, it would be great to connect there too :-) and love that quote. I truly believe that too, when we take the time to attend to ourselves, our center, our sacredness we see thing a bit differently. We see more beauty, we see with more peaceful eyes and can cultivate more gratitude. It’s really amazing. Thanks again! <3 xoxox

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