How do you start a meditation habit?
How to form a habit of meditating.
How to start meditating or the precious quality of the mind.
Reprogram yourself or how to start meditating!
A person is a poorly tuned bio-machine that works with low efficiency. When it is said that a person is a biological machine, it means the fact that just like in computers, our behavior is determined by the generated programs. We call them “habit”, “inclination”, “preference”, “character.” All this “human set” operates on the same principles as the programs in the computer:
The command – the start of the algorithm –
but in the case of a person:
Situation – the trigger (trigger) – the launch of the habitual reaction is the result.
This explains that many people go through the same “rake” all their lives, repeating and repeating the same programs.
This is how many years ago Indian and Buddhist yogis and wise men of antiquity knew. And today this fact is confirmed by neuroscience – a constellation of brain sciences, which includes neurobiology of behavior, neurogenetics, neurophysiology.
Of course, the laws by which our brain works are much more complex. But for today’s conversation, the fact is important to us that we can change our habits in behavior, and in reactions, and even in the preferences of dishes and tastes in music????
And this is very good news!
Repetition as the main method of habit formation
There are several approaches to the formation of any new skill. Whatever they differ from each other is the main idea of each of them – in repetition. Only through repetition it is possible to form a new habit, learn a language, change your body, develop your intellect, memory, learn to play a musical instrument, learn to be calmer, become more unruffled, etc.
Sometimes it is said that the habit is formed within 22 days, sometimes that it takes 40 days. I think that the truth is somewhere in the middle. And the truth is not that you need to find the exact number of days, but that there is a certain critical quality and a certain level of force of influence for the formation and consolidation of the habit for that particular person . That is, the individuality of a person here should not be discounted. Each of us has a different nervous system, each of us has its speed of assimilation, learning, the preferred type of memory, its emotional response to different types of material.
Sunlong meditation gives effect faster than other methods
How many days each of us will need to accustom ourselves to meditation is hard to say in advance. But the fact remains: if we want meditation to become a habit, we just need to get to an internal state where:
- there is a clear sense of a positive and very valuable effect on the day when we were meditating, and
- there is a feeling of incompleteness, the lack of something in our state, when we missed the day of meditation.
In this respect, meditation by the method of Sunlong Sayado stands out against the background of other methods of meditation by a very fast response effect. Virtually everyone who has gone through just a two-day mini-retreat feels a change in their mind and self-awareness.
Here’s how the participant of the mini-retreat responds to the formation of the habit of meditation:
How to start meditating
Our method of teaching meditation is to unite the two principles – kaizen and intensive immersion.
This is a universal way of self-learning, which can be applied in any sphere of life. Its power is that one principle complements another.
Kaizen or the principle of continuous improvement
A great way to form a new habit or start learning a subject, start using the kaizen principle. The essence of kaizen is small, but permanent, daily changes. A little, but every day. So we create and fix a new habit.
Every day, but a small step is the principle of kaizen!
Use intensive diving!
The second tool that we use is dotted, repetitive mini-retreats.
Intensive practice in a short period of time (mini retreat) allows you to immerse yourself in a subject very quickly and feel the taste and joy of learning and practicing because of natural difficulties.
Kaizen + mini retreat = habit to meditate!
Intensives provide an opportunity to make a qualitative leap in the transformation of their minds and harmoniously complement the principle of regular small repetitions – kaizen.
Therefore, we recommend to combine these two principles.
The precious essence of meditation
We consider the practice of meditation as a process of accumulating a “precious liquid”. This “precious quality” of our consciousness consists of two components – samadhi – the power of concentration, and sati (sati) – the qualities of mindfulness.
This precious liquid, which will become a catalyst for the future transformation of our consciousness, and hence life, is spent during the current active human activity. The reason for the expense is a constant change of objects by the mind. That is why those who intensively beat the meditation and want good progress in practice tend to limit external influences so as not to waste their samadhi.
The property of the human mind is a constant thirst for new and new impressions. The mind quickly gets tired of one object, so it looks for the next one. This mind is sometimes called “monkey mind” or monkey mind, which jumps like a mad monkey to the branches of new impressions. Such is the nature of the untrained mind. Man loves a change of impressions.
This is not good not bad – this is nature, so it is. The question is different. The question is not in evaluation. The question is, as usual in who controls whom, that is, who is the master here.
Another aspect of a badly controlled mind is psychological stress, stress and exhaustion. A constant uncontrolled change of objects, that is, distraction from one subject to another in an intensive mode, inevitably leads to stress and stress. If we live in this mode, we inevitably spend the “precious liquid” accumulated during the practice of meditation.
The daily practice of meditation, figuratively speaking, replenishes the liquid consumed during active functioning in a vessel (in a person). The expense is compensated for by developing a long intensive concentration – concentrating on one object for a sufficient amount of time.
But, if we spend more in the process of life than we make up during the daily session, the quality of our meditation worsens. This leads to the fact that our ability to concentrate and personal power falls. During the practice of meditation, this manifests itself as an inability to concentrate or constant distraction.
Experience shows that the degree of development of samadhi (concentration level) of modern man very often does not allow filling a “vessel with a liquid” during a meditative session, even at the initial level, not to mention increasing the amount of this “liquid” important for our consciousness. Thus, most often at the initial stage, we spend more than accumulate. There is a decrease in the precious quality of the mind.
There is only one way out. We need to occasionally arrange periods of increased intensity of practice, that is, use mini-retreats. Otherwise, the practice of meditation will be difficult to develop steadily or, better to say, deepen.
Without a doubt, we will receive positive changes in our lives through meditation and without intensification. It will be expressed in inner calm, less stress and stress, more balanced decisions, not distorted by emotional reactions. But to talk about meditation as an instrument for the formation of some unshakable foundation of our being, our consciousness, which can not be affected by any negative events of life, without intensities is not necessary.