Last week I reached a personally significant milestone of 365 consecutive days of meditation. It seems like a huge number to some, but I knew I would not stop, ever, since day one.
So what was it, that got me to commit so utterly to meditation on 11th of May last year and to never skip a day from that day onwards?
It is this: I realized that meditation is a habit. Exactly the SAME as basic body maintenance (daily exercise) or dental hygiene (brushing teeth). The key that people miss is that every habit starts as a discipline first.
And this is how you turn discipline into a habit:
If you want to do it – you do it.
If you don’t want to do it – you do it.
If you are full of energy – you do it.
If you are tired – you do it.
If you are happy – you do it.
If you are sad – you do it.
If you have a lot of time – you do it.
If you don’t have much time – you do it.
If you don’t have any time – you sort out your priorities and do it.
Every day, rain or shine, in sickness and in health. 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 5 minutes again… The duration isn’t important, the intensity isn’t important, the ‘i just can’t switch off my mind today’ isn’t important. The REGULARITY is what’s important.
Focus, inner peace, mindfulness, awareness, confidence etc etc – those are the mere side effects of the meditation habit. Just like muscle gain, strength, energy, vitality, flexibility etc etc – are all mere side effects of the exercise habit.
The discipline is what sets you free.
Power and Namaste to you 🙂