Tuesday, June 19, 2012

This new moon, change a habit!

Yogic science teaches that it takes 40 days to create or change a habit. A 40-day Sadhana, commitment to a practice can provide the shift needed to develop a healthy habit or to drop a destructive habit. A sadhana is a daily personal routine. It is something you do every day for yourself, for your personal growth. It is a way to practice of connecting to your intention in a focused and conscious way. 
Doing something every day for 40 days takes discipline and commitment. And anyone can do it, with a little but of will power! Achieving a 40-day practice gives you the experience of discipline, and the insight to your inner strength, you can go through life's challenges and create the change you desire.There will be days when you don't want to keep going. Keep going and, at the end, you will feel good about yourself for having committed. 
You can choose whichever practice you wish, however let it be something that will turn your attention inwards rather then outwards, or that will at least help you come closer to self care, here are some ideas:

chanting to one divinity (Hanuman is a good pick)
meditating at least 10 minutes a day (perhaps adding 5 minutes each week)
choosing a pranayama practice (alternated nostril breath is a good choice)
journaling for at least 10 minutes a day

more on the physical side, if you have a hard time with spirituality:
dry brushing your body every day
dancing to one song everyday freely (let the movement be free)
doing 5-10 sun salutation a day

Try to find a set time and place where you know you can always dedicate this activity to and schedule it in, as an appointment you can't miss, make it a priority; doing it at the same time each day has its benefits, it will be easier for you to get used to it, and then miss it!!!  To support your growth and change you may find it helpful to journal during the 40 days of transformation.

"When we acknowledge our power for self-healing, we accept our place as a co-creator of our life, our health, our destiny. We move out of victim mentality and in to our path as a spiritual warrior - balancing our strength and our saintliness."

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