I have 2 good examples about habits in my own life. One is meditating very early in the morning. Up until now I have diligently claimed that I am not a morning person and that I am more of a night owl. As I am writing this now, most people would be in bed fast asleep. I have been on a mission to deepen my meditation practice for the last few months. Over the years I have practised it on and off but now I really want to embrace it on a daily basis. As you may know, there are many scientifically proven health benefits.
As a healthy lifestyle is important to me, practising mindfulness and meditation is a no-brainer for me. I also know from experience that if I don’t do it first thing in the morning, I don’t meditate at all because I don’t get a chance during the day. Late night is also not an option because it is way too late and I fall asleep over it.
So when I mentioned to my meditation teacher how frustrated I was with this inconsistent practise and she told me to get up earlier and do it each morning for 20 minutes, I just looked at her dumbfounded. ‘But I go to bed too late…’ I muttered. ‘Then go to bed earlier, get enough rest. Get up earlier and’ wait for it ‘JUST DO IT! it’s easy - 20 minutes every morning and after a few weeks you will notice the difference.’ Hmmm I had been told! So. I went to bed a little bit (not much) earlier that very night and set my alarm for earlier the next morning. I woke up and forced myself to get up instead of pressing the snooze button multiple times (I may have pressed it just once!). Day 1 - great. Day 2 - better. Day 3 - even better ….. Day 14! Each day (even on the weekends) I got up and meditated after a few minutes of yoga, first for 20 minutes and now up to 30 minutes. I must say I feel much better and actually do not want to miss it. If the timeframe for forming a new habit (21 - 28 days +) has any truth in it, I am well on my way to making meditation an integral part of my life. A true ‘pat myself on the back’ moment, I’d say. Now today I actually meditated twice - this morning and also at the meditation class this evening. So maybe I can skip tomorrow morning?! No, I will still do it! Do you practice mindfulness/meditate or sit quietly every day? Try it if you don’t.
I mentioned 2 examples - I don’t want to keep you, I know you’re busy. So all I’ll say is ‘water’ - you’ll have to wait to read next week’s newsletter!
Let me know how you’ve gone with forming a new habit or getting rid of an unwanted one.