“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi
There have been so many times that I told myself I was going to start painting again, or that I was going to stop cracking my knuckles.
There were at least five times that I tried to quit coffee before finally succeeding a year ago. Maybe you’ve tried to quit cigarettes or to take up running. Habits are hard to form and hard to break.
However, as this quote from Gandhi demonstrates, we know that our actions become our habits and our habits our life.
This article will address habits in general, but specifically in mind of spiritual practice—yoga and meditation.
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of daily practice. It doesn’t matter what it is we are doing, whether it’s a creative pursuit, a lifestyle choice, diet, or whatever, if we want to get good at it, then we must do it every single day!
In the yoga tradition there is an understanding of how to ingrain a new habit in ourselves on different levels, from semi-permanent to permanent. If one does something every single day for 21 days, then that activity enters pranamayakosha—the etheric/pranic body.
One’s energy starts to become habituated to it. However, it is still a fragile habit and if not attended to, it will easily break. I know this has happened to me—starting out with all the inspiration, going a few weeks with it, and then starting to slack off. Before I knew it, I would be back to zero.
with love and gratitude,