DAY 11

Habit building tip

Greetings, meditator friends!

Back on Day 9, I shared a quote from Sharon Salzberg about remembering to be mindful.  She said, "Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it," and I totally agree.  

You could interpret these words to be a reference to everyday mindfulness, like being aware of mind wandering and repeatedly grounding ourselves in the present moment.  

In addition, you could see this as sage advice about remembering to meditate, particularly if you choose to do so at a time other than first thing in the morning. 

So, how to we remember?  It's helpful to have a trigger of some sort.   In the world of habit-building, triggers are the reminders that prompt us to engage in a behavior.  

Some triggers can be an activity or behavior that we already do every day without fail like waking up, showering, sitting down to a meal, or coming home from work.  You can use the behavior that already exists to trigger your new habit of meditating.  

A few examples:

I wake up in the morning and meditate before getting out of bed.

On my way home from work, I pull over a few blocks from my home to do a 5 minute meditation in my car.

Before I sit down to prepare or eat dinner, I take a few minutes to meditate.

You get the idea.  So, as you think about how to continue this habit for the long term, consider choosing a behavioral trigger to help you remember.  And lastly, be sure to celebrate and/or reward yourself by marking that "x" on your calendar, giving yourself a high-five, or texting your meditation buddy.  :-)

I'm thinking about you -- be sure to let me know if you have any questions or thoughts or just need a little encouragement!!!

- Kristin 

 

If you pick the right small behavior and sequence it right, then you won’t have to motivate yourself to have it grow. It will just happen naturally, like a good seed planted in a good spot.
— B.J. Fogg
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