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.
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.
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.
For example, I love love love the language learning app Duolingo. Grounded in good pedagogy, they also make it super fun with points and games and the cute little owl mascot sends me an email if I haven't practiced yet that day.
I recently came across this blog post for :
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.
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!