DAY 3 – 40 Day Sadhana

Dharamsala HikeToday is the third day of waking up early and doing a Sadhana. So far, so good. I have to say though, it is a challenge (but well worth it!). I have had the added challenge of having a baby who wakes up all through the night (and lately has had a cold/cough). The other night was a real test for me (and only on day 2!). Arjan hasn’t been getting much sleep because of Charanjeet being sick and waking up all through the night…so I have been taking the first shift of the night with Charanjeet. This night was much harder than others so I was up till about 2AM with her. I knew I had to keep up my Sadhana and had to get up no matter what (even if I went to sleep at 2AM). So as I had done the previous day I got up…took a cold shower and did my Sadhana, and then went back to sleep (not waking up till 11AM). Luckily it was the weekend and I didn’t have to work that day. Even though I know I can’t really go to sleep early I am pretty motivated to keep waking up. I guess when you really want to do something and really commit, you figure out how to make it happen. I guess that is what it means to be committed.

This morning I woke up and did my Sadhana routine and I am feeling really good!

It’s only been three days and I have already started to notice changes. Over the weekend I watched a few DVDs of Siri Singh Sahib Lectures (you can see one of the excerpts). The more I listen to them and meditate, the more I am feeling inspired and motivated to continue in this direction. It feels so good that I want more. I feel the need to start meditating at night too. I am really starting to think about what is important in my life. When I spend more time meditating I feel more in connection with my Guru. It’s so easy to get caught up in the motions of every day life and it’s refreshing to feel this connection. How are things going with the rest of you who are doing a daily Sadhana?

Cold Showers
Many of you might have heard of taking a cold shower, so I wanted to share my experience and methods with you. In general the colder the water….the better. In summer time a cold shower doesn’t do much for me. The cold water has a way of opening up your capillaries and getting your circulation going in a way that doesn’t normally happen.

Before I take a cold shower I take almond oil and rub it all over my body. I massage it really well on my skin and then take 5-10 deep breaths to prepare my body for the cold water. I then turn on the cold water shower and at the same time start massaging my body all over as the water hits my skin. I let the water go on my back…(massage my back)… water on my chest…(massage my chest and stomach)….legs… underarms…..face…etc. I have found that going in and out of the water stream works well. So I go under the shower and massage for 10-20 seconds….then go out of the water….continue massaging my body….and then go back in the water and repeat this in and out for a few minutes until my body warms up. It’s quite a workout!! The past few days I have ended the shower with a bit of warm water because during Sadhana I noticed that I was a bit cold. The ending with warm water helped with this today. Doing cold showers with massage in this way will really help your health. Many people I know who do this on a regular basis never get sick.

Read this previous blog post on the topic of Hydrotherapy/Cold Shower