You make a breakthrough every time you break out of a habitual response. Habit may veil our awareness, but awareness has the real power. At any given moment, if you notice how you really feel and what you really want, old habits begin to dissolve. People can break as many habits as they want by giving themselves freedom of choice.
Celebrate every breakthrough the minute it occurs, but know that in reality there is only one victory: the victory of awareness.
Many Breakthroughs, One Victory
Today’s Centering Thought is: I celebrate every breakthrough I make on the way to being free.
Today’s Mantra: Moksha Hum (I am free)
Center yourself to begin a quiet solitude of mind and spirit with the thought “I celebrate every breakthrough I make on the way to being free.” Then begin to meditate by focusing on your breath and repeating the mantra: Moksha Hum. This mantra affirms that our true self is always the state of perfect freedom. Take deep breaths and with each breathe feel your mind body and spirit open just a little more to this affirmation. Each time your mind wanders come back by repeating this mantra and hold the meaning behind it: I am free. Simply meditate for 20 minutes.
Today’s Journal Activities:
- Pick one habit you’d like to break. Describe any instances in which you gave in to the habit over the past week. How did these moments make you feel?
- Now, write down the response you’d like to have instead. For example, if you ordered a rich dessert and felt guilty afterward, the response you’d like to have is to feel good about not ordering dessert and having no guilt later.
- Identify actionable steps you can take to promote the response you want to have. For example, you might carry around a reminder in your wallet that says, “If I don’t indulge, I feel much better.”
- Reflect further on your experience today.
Habits are hard to break because we become accustomed to them and they go deep from what we have been told and had instilled. The best way to break the power of the habits is to take small steps. Habits rob us of awareness and awareness has all the real power.
Think about a period of time when most you are the most susceptible to unwanted habits. Narrate your behavior as if it were play. In this narration you will do nothing but notice what you are doing in a simple and mindful way. Change the next part of your story to break the pattern.
With every break through you give yourself freedom of choice. When you have cravings for indulgent food, the choice to skip it does not have to be an act of depriving yourself of a treat, but rather it is your freedom to choose a healthier or lighter path.
As you elevate your awareness through meditation you begin to welcome the freedom that comes with choices. Make a new choice and set your next best step. Expanded consciousness leads to the highest freedom.
“Breakthrough is guaranteed, if there is enough light.” ― Sunday Adelaja