“Meditation is a state of profound, deep peace that occurs when the mind is calm and silent, yet completely awake. This is just the beginning of an inner transformation that takes us to a higher level of awareness. This enables us to fulfill our true human potential.”
One of the difficulties, I hear over and over, is how to establish a daily meditation practice so that a higher level of awareness is attainable.
Some time ago I came across information in a book, while perusing through a “live” book store searching for a way to stop some of my more troublesome habits.
What I found is that there is a process – in which the brain converts a sequence of actions into an automatic routine – known as “chunking” which is at the root of how habits form. Some are very simple like automatically placing toothpaste on your tooth brush before putting it in your mouth. Some are much more complex.
This process in our brain is a three step loop, The Habit Loop. First there is a cue, a trigger that tells your brain to go into automatic mode and which habit to use. Then there is the Routine which can be physical, mental or emotional. Last there is a reward, which helps your brain figure out if this particular loop is worth remembering for the future. Over time this loop becomes more and more automatic. Eventually a habit is born.
The good news is that Habits are not destiny. They can be ignored, changed or deliberately designed using the Habit Loop tailored to your specific needs or desires.
1. Identify the routine
2. Experiment with rewards
3. Isolate the cue
4. Have a plan
Join me in the next weeks and months as we look at the Eightfold Path of Yoga
# 2 Niyama – Svadhyaya: study of the sacred scriptures and of one’s self
in the search for establishing a meditation practice and how to attain that higher level of awareness.
For more information about changing bad habits or designing new ones Read:
The Power of Habit – Why we do what we do in life and business by Charles Duhigg