Have you ever wondered how to do meditation properly?
Perhaps you’re put off by not knowing where or how to begin.
What If I were to tell you that the very thing that’s getting in your way is a simple habit, not yet formed.
The psychological definition of a habit is an ‘automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition’.
Layer upon layer, through practice, habits develop into strong patterns that constrain or strengthen our lives.
Do you know the story of Susan and John?
A young newly married couple, Susan and John were preparing together a dinner party for family and friends.
John was preparing an assortment of vegetables while Susan was preparing a delicious ham.
As Susan cut off both ends of the ham and placed them in the bin, John asked her why she did this because he thought it was a shame to waste good meat.
Susan told John that her mother taught her to cook it that way and it always tasted delicious. John was experienced at cooking and couldn’t understand how cutting the ends off the ham could make it taste better and so when Susan’s mom arrived he asked her the same question.
Susan’s mom replied “I really don’t know, I’ve never thought about it — my mother always cooked it that way and it always tastes delicious.”
All the guests were seated and the table was filled with an assortment of delicious food.
The evening was a great success and everyone commented on how delicious the ham was.
John was seated next to Susan’s grandmother and couldn’t resist asking the question – “Martha, why does cutting the ends of the ham off make it cook better?”
The old lady answered, “Oh it doesn’t John.”
A little puzzled he asked “then why did you always cut them off?”
Martha answered, “I always trimmed the ends off the ham so it would fit into my oven tray!”
This is how we create patterns and habits in our life.
Habits are like comfy beds, easy to get into and hard to get out of.
John C. Maxwell puts it very simply:
“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine”.
The secret is to eliminate the habits that constrain or limit your life and replace them with habits that strengthen your life.
More and more of us are becoming aware of the significant benefits to be achieved in our lives through living more mindfully and meditating often.
If you’ve ever found yourself wondering how to do meditation, simply begin by deciding from here on out, it’s going to become a priority in your life, no excuses.
Decide now and you’ll see it’ll be the best habit you ever formed!
Start by setting up a little corner within your room to visually remind you of the importance of meditation. All you need is a chair or cushion, a C.D. player/mp3 player and stereo headphones. Of course you can use other accessories (candles, incense etc) to make it more inviting if you choose.
Also, remember, the statistics tell us that the average American watches 24 hours of TV every single week. If you feel you have not got the time, perhaps you could cut back on this habit?
When you regularly know and feel the wonderful benefits meditation brings, you will have created the most rewarding habit which will allow you to experience the joy and inner peace that is already deep within you.