I've become very aware of my mental patterns. I am totally a creature of habit, once I start something new and do it 3 or 4 times suddenly a new habit is created. This can be a good thing if the new habit is positive. Unfortunately, not all my mental patterns or habits are positive. "It takes 40 days to create a new habit" is what I've been told. What I want to know is:
How many days does it take to un-do a negative habit???
This past week or so I've witnessed both my negative and positive mental patterns at work. Again I'm wondering why anyone watches realty tv when there's so much interesting stuff going on in our minds to watch.
Here's a glimpse into the "reality" show that was playing in my mind:
I've set the intention that this is the year that I take control of my life (don't laugh! I'm serious). Yes, I know that I am not the general contractor of the universe BUT my Ayurveda studies have taught me that I do have some control over my physical and mental well-being. That's what I intent to get under control. I am learning the tools that will keep me in an optimal state of health both mentally and physically.
New habits are being formed. I am feeling good about my choices and I'm grateful for my addictive nature since it has helped me become addicted to the new, positive changes. I'm grateful that I have just the right amount of pitta nature that motivates me to get things done and accomplish the goals I set out to accomplish.
Changing physical patterns seems a lot easier than changing mental patterns!!
The mental patterns seems more ingrained. The roots are deeper and stronger. This is where the real work needs to happen. Ayurveda teaches that the mind creates the body. In order to change the body, not just the physical body but also our physical experiences, we need to change the mind.
HOLY HELL!! Being a creature of habit is NOT a good thing when it comes to changing the mind. One mental pattern in particular is troubling me this morning. I have witnessed it come up over and over the last couple of weeks. I really thought that I had changed this mental pattern but clearly I haven't.
I recognize that this mental pattern has been holding me back for years but it's roots are so deep. I suspect that the roots were planted many lifetimes ago. It may be impossible to trace back the cause but it's clear that it needs to change. It's the HOW that's troubling me.
What I do know is that if the roots of a plant are not feed and taken care of the plant won't grow. Perhaps the same principles apply here. If I don't feed the mental pattern maybe the root will eventual die.
Change your mind......Change your life