Posted: 01 Mar 2013 07:26 AM PST
By Leo Babauta
It’s no secret that I advocate meditation as a great way to start your day, deal with stress, live in the present and more.
But what many people don’t realize is that meditation is perhaps the most important habit if you want to change other habits.
Recently I wrote about the Four Habits That Form Other Habits — and you might recall Habit 2:
How do you learn to be mindful of your negative thoughts? Simple: you practice. And how do you practice mindfulness of your thoughts? By far the best method I’ve found is meditation.
Let’s look at why meditation is so good for helping to change your habits, and how to form the meditation habit.
How Meditation Helps Habits
When we are unaware of our thoughts and urges, which arise in the back of our mind mostly unnoticed, they have a power over us. We are unable to change if these unbidden thoughts control us. But when we learn to observe them, we can then release their power over us.
Meditation is practice for observing those thoughts, for being more mindful of them throughout the day.
I will give you several examples in my own life, though actually there are dozens:
But none of that would have been possible if I didn’t learn to watch, to be mindful of my urges and rationalizations and negative thoughts that told me I couldn’t do it.
How did I learn to watch and be mindful? Meditation. It is the one habit where all you’re doing is practicing this mindful observing, where everything else is stripped away in a beautiful simplicity that leaves just you and your thoughts and the present moment.
How to Form the Meditation Habit
It’s pretty simple, but the doing is everything:
And that's it. It's a very simple practice, but you want to do it for 2 minutes, every day, after the same trigger each day. Do this for a month and you'll have a daily meditation habit.
Meditation Habit in March
If you’d like help creating this fundamental habit, I’ve created a Meditation module for the Sea Change Program in March.
In the module, you’ll get:
Please note that this is a monthly membership program of $10/month, but you can quit anytime. You can also join anytime, not just at the beginning of the month, and start your habit whenever you want. Sign up here.
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