Happy Leap Day!
In terms of a productive, soul aligned life, taking the leap into a new habit or routine is part of the spark we need to ignite the transformation we desire.
Another, arguably just as important part is developing consistent habits over time. This is the foundation on which true life and personal mastery rests.
In the vedic tradition, we talk about samskaras and vasanas, or the karmic habits, and related cravings that shape our behavior. Often these are mostly unconscious and therefore take effort and awareness to begin to affect. Without that effort and awareness, they are like grooves in which we just keep gliding right along......
...doing what we've always done and getting the results we've always gotten.
Some old habits are like lines drawn in the sand, so they can be overcome and changed with relative ease. Some grooves are like lines dug into the earth, they are deeper and more substantial, but with effort and time can be altered. Our toughest habits are the third kind, those that are grooves etched in stone. The pattern is so deep and well worn it seems like it's "just who I am" and making changes can feel like an uphill battle.
The good news is that if you've ever seen a waterfall or picked up a pebble from the ocean, you know that there is nothing like the power of patient persistence.
Even a drop of water will eventually wear a hole through stone.
Limiting beliefs are part of the picture and part of my work is to help you release these from your system so you have more freedom and ease in living life as you really feel called to.
Another important key is what we do in our daily lives consistently and I love using practical tools and technology to support inner work.
Something I use in my own life, whether if it's for a new routine, learning a language or creating a new habit, are reminders and apps that help keep me on track and motivated.
and I recommend you check it out to see what might fit for you.
Apps like 21 Habit ask you to put your money where your intention is and you get a dollar of your initial $21 investment each time you keep your daily commitment. Any day you miss, that $1 gets donated to one of several charities.
Good Habits is another app with a calendar app that lets you see your progress so you can build and keep momentum by not breaking the chain.
We are what we consistently do and you don't have to do it alone.
I hope you've found these tools useful and fun! Each brick we put into place contributes to the strong foundation for our lives.
Wishing you great health, love and Qi!
ps. Do you have a tip or tool that you use to help form great habits? I'd love to share it. Please leave a note in the comments below or on our Facebook page. You might share just what someone else needs to hear.