DAY 19

Habit Building Tip

Greetings, meditator friends,

Today's habit building tip is a way of shifting your thinking so the actions you do (or don't do) are intrinsically connected to who you are.

You may have noticed that my greeting to you each day identifies you as a meditator, which you are.  This is intentional, because I want you to think of yourself as not only a meditator, but specifically someone who meditates every day.  

Believe it or not, when we associate a desirable behavior as being just a part of who we are as a person, it makes it easier to stick with that behavior.  

When faced with temptation, someone who has decided to give up smoking they can bring to mind the fact that they don't smoke.  They just aren't a smoker (any more).

Someone trying to work out regularly would benefit from identifying themselves as someone who works out at least four times a week.  They are a four-workout-a-week person and that's that.  

I'm not minimizing the effort that habit change requires, believe me.  If it were easy we would all be doing the things we know are good for us and cease the things we know aren't.  

Nonetheless, I invite you to give it a try and see if you notice an impact, my meditator friends.  ;-)

- Kristin 

 

 

The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion.
— Thích Nhất Hạnh
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