'Freedays' are the 'gather our thoughts' days; Q&As; a general review of the week so far…
A little prompt - direct from the scriptures.
Never can be too many reminders!
How are you all going with setting up sadhana for yourselves. Yes, offering your work up as a form of worship is certainly a sadhana. However, if your wish to move closer to the Divine State, some strict and regular morning and evening practice of japa, meditation, contemplation of the teachings and attention to the introspection is most definitely required.
Introspection? The sitting at the end of each day with a little notebook and checking against the plan to self-assess as to progress. Are you truly trying? If not, why not? It may seem 'kindergarten' but, truly, unless you can build objectivity, a distancing of the ego from the events and actions in daily life, it will be very difficult to see where improvements are truly happening, where the weak spots truly are, and whether the commitment is truly yours.
Others around may question the changes your are attempting to make. They may say your are mad. Fair enough, perhaps there is a certain, small level of the crazy required to attempt such a climb as that to Heaven. Are you madly in love with that idea? If not, why not? One must be madly attempting the exercises of sadhana chatushtaya, madly focused on the Higher, madly certain that It can be one's own.
You must fall deeply in Love with the Divine in order to make all efforts to become one with It. Nothing else can motivate to the same extent as that Divine Love. You know it is deep when all else fades compared to it. Are you prepared to dive deeply? If not, why not? You may be the scientist saying 'there is no "divine"' - fine! That does not mean that you cannot search deeply within, become deeply engrossed in the subtle philosophy and find that you can be deeply attached to seeking that Ultimate Truth.