Do One More Month
I strongly recommend that you repeat this process for an additional month in order to log the number of days that it takes to create a real habit. Doing a second month will get you close to the magic number of 66 days we talked about at the beginning of this article. When your meditation becomes a real habit, it will be automatic. The amount of effort required to get yourself on to the cushion will plummet and that’s what you’re shooting for. If this ten-step process feels daunting, remember you are doing this to support your emotional, psychological, and spiritual well-being. You’re doing this to thrive. You are going to learn a lot about yourself in the process. For many people, it’s astounding when they first realize one of the most basic tenets of meditation. What is that exactly? It’s the realization that you are not what you think. In fact, you are infinitely more than that. But until you start meditating with regularity, and gain some objectivity on your own mind and how it works, it’s natural to think that your thoughts are who you are.
I love the way that Deepak Chopra describes the nature of the mind: "Think of your mind as being like a flowing river. On the surface a river flows the fastest and is broken up by waves and currents. But if you dive deeper, the waves disappear and the current is slower. Finally, at the bottom, where the water meets the riverbed, the current may be nearly motionless. The mind is like that, yet we identify only with its active, fast-moving surface. What lies deeper can’t be accessed by thought. You must allow your mind to seek its own quiet, to return to its own source." I’m excited for you. You’re about to go a big adventure. You’re actually going to return to the source of who and what you are. If you’re at all like me, after you find it, nothing will be the same.