According to Wikipedia, habit is a routine of behaviour that is repeated regularly and tends to occur subconscious. The American Journal of Psychology defined a “habit, from the standpoint of psychology, as a more or less fixed way of thinking, willing, or feeling acquired through previous repetition of a mental experience.”
We embark upon our next 90 days of Visibility within the Mindset Success School, stepping into your CEO, Credible and Confident Mindset. I want to share my insights as a well-established practicing yogini, meditator and mindset coach; this is where yoga, spirituality, science and psychology genuinely harmonise.
Mindset Coach Academy “Habits are behaviours that have been performed enough times to become automatic. They operate at the unconscious level. Habits are like Strategies – we run them on autopilot, and often we no longer pay attention to what we do when they run.
Habits can be helpful, and they can also hinder our clients and us from achieving our goals.
Identifying your clients’ habits and how they run the pattern through strategy elicitation is a decisive first step in helping them to create the transformation they desire.”
It has been said that it takes 21 days to form a habit. Scientists have debated that in recent years, and many have concluded the number is more like 60. But whatever the number of days, two scientists, Deepak Chopra, M.D. and Rudolph Tanzi, PhD, say that changing your ways is not only mental but physical, neurologically possible and epigenetically. Habits can be changed, but so can neural pathways and gene expression. And our first line of healing lies inside of us.
“It takes 60 days or so to establish a new habit,” Tanzi said, “And not just mentally, but physically it does too. Your neural network creates your personality and how you see the world. You have hundreds of billions of neurons and tens of trillions of synapses that rewire when you form a new habit. It’s the same with your genes. You may be born with certain genes that your parents gave you, but every day it’s how you live your life physically controlling those genes and their activity that can make a difference. When you form a new habit, there are changes in the neurocircuitry or neural network and genes or epigenetics. [Epigenetics is the study of changes in organisms caused by gene expression modification rather than altering the genetic code itself.] When you form a new habit, you are training the brain and your gene expression to allow you to go on autopilot on what you’re doing every day. You can be programmed by neurogenetics and epigenetics to change your life.”
Dr Maxwell Maltz’s 21/90 rule states that you will take 21 days to develop a habit and 90 days to convert it into a permanent lifestyle. So within 111 days, you can create the lifestyle you’ve always desired.
Yoga & Meditation
Now, the mind works in cycles of days, weeks and years, so we can use a repeated daily practice of 3, 11, 22, 31 etc., minute timings or a kundalini yoga kriya (action) or meditation in conjunction with these cycles to change unwanted habits or behavioural patterns. By meditating for a specific time, over a particular number of days, we replace a limiting belief system with an expansive, infinite one.
Yogic research has shown that for a positive new habit to take root requires 3 weeks of daily practice. Remember, it is natural for the mind to wander during meditation. That indicates that an inward phase of meditation is complete, and the mind is on the active surface level. Now it is ready to return one’s attention back to the breath or mantra. Even if the mind begins to wander again, or even if it does so for minutes at a time, that is still fine. First, your consciousness needs to clear the path for deeper experience later. Then bring it back gently whenever you notice your attention has drifted away from the practice.
The Magic of Numbers
3 minutes of a kundalini yoga kriya or meditation affects the aura and circulation. It takes your blood about one minute to travel around the body, so by practicing a specific meditation or kriya for three minutes, you’ve morse-coded its effects into your cells on a fundamental level.
11 minutes starts to affect the nerves and glands.
22 minutes brings a balance between the negative, positive and neutral minds – they’re the functional minds that constantly chatter away to you.
31 minutes brings the effects of the kundalini yoga meditation deep into the body’s cells and natural rhythms. It influences all levels of the conscious and subconscious minds.
62 minutes fundamentally changes the brain’s grey matter. The subconscious becomes conscious.
2.5 hours irrevocably changes the individual psyche and aura. The subconscious mind is held firmly in shape by the kundalini yoga meditation.
Practice yoga and meditation every day for 40 days, and you’ll change your habit/destiny. It takes 40 days for the meditation to sift out any thoughts and emotional patterns that limit you.
Do it for 90 days, and you’ll confirm that changed habit/destiny. That means the limiting belief has been replaced by an infinite, expansive one.
Do it for 120 days, and you will embody that habit/destiny. It becomes who you are.
Do it for 1,000 days, and you’ve mastered the habit/destiny. After that, it is your infinite self.
Building the Habit
Living your life with a Conscious Mindset and practicing yoga or meditation is not about checking off the box daily, saying that you completed your tasks and practice. More than anything, it is about allowing yourself to firmly establish a new habit in which you create the time to nourish your mind and body and connect with your soul. Therefore, how you holistically show up daily is as important as what you practice and focus on.
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