by guest blogger and teacher Dorcas Barry
We operate throughout our daily lives habit by habit, some positive and some negative, but nevertheless, they always affect us and the choices we make.
Several, we don't even think about, like driving. Some, like exercise, we have to make a conscious effort to put into place, and others influence us, often at times beyond our control, like sugar addiction. But all habits, regardless of the resulting outcome to our lives, contain three parts; the cue, the routine and the reward.
This is really useful to know, whether you want to change or remove an existing habit, or you would like to create a new habit into your daily life. Often, it only takes changing one of the three parts of a habit to make a difference, so identifying these three aspects of any habit you want to work with is really useful.
Having a desire to begin to meditate can be triggered by many cues in our life. Maybe feeling stressed in particular situations, or the feeling that there are not enough hours in the day and life is too busy. No matter what the desire is triggered by, the most important thing to focus on at the start, is finding ways in which to make your meditation a daily habit. There are so many documented benefits to meditating regularly, but none can be realistically achieved without a regular habit. It's just like physical exercise, where we build up strength and power in our physical bodies, in meditation we build up our mind's ability to stay in the present moment and connect with the deeper part of ourselves.
Begin with very short periods of time, even five minutes every day is better than an hour once a week. If you find you are constantly distracted, group meditation classes, guided meditations online or by CD can really help to get you started. But the most important thing to remember is you can't get it wrong! Prioritising the time for yourself to begin to create this very powerful habit in your life is what really matters and one of the best gifts you could ever give to yourself.
About the Author
Following on from a career working as a nutritional consultant and healthy cookery teacher, Dorcas Barry became fascinated by the significant role that patterns of thinking and emotional health can play alongside food and diet in health and happiness.
She duly added training as a Meditation Coach to her qualifications in food and nutrition, and now carries out corporate workshops on meditation, relaxation, and positive mental health habits, alongside alongside healthy eating events.
Dorcas believes that developing healthy habits for the mind as well as the body is the key to creating
truly sustainable health along with a happier and more fulfilling experience in day to day work and play.
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