Upon the mention of ‘Meditation’, many find themselves thinking of the image of Buddha, cross-legged and perfectly still. To the masses, meditation is often associated with religion or spiritualism. However, spiritual meditation is merely one of the many facets of meditation.
Meditation in the new age is an effective psychological tool. It is the act of being mindful of your actions, feeling with your senses before carefully evaluating and deciding the next step. Meditation is simple and does not require the investment of a lot of time. Here are some easy guidelines to help you utilize meditation to eradicate some of the common self-defeating bad habits that many have been trying futilely to kick.
1. Be fully aware and conscious of your bad habits
Mindfulness is the bedrock of meditation. It is the primary reason why bad habits are developed and become entrenched in our lives. By identifying the problem and understanding the ill effects of these habits, you are already on your way to taking the appropriate actions to amend the decisions you make in your daily life.
One example is perfectionism, where the pursuit of happiness is taken much too seriously, resulting in a plethora of adverse effects, ranging from mental problems to procrastination. This is one difficult habit to identify as many tend to dismiss it as merely striving to deliver the best performance. By gaining consciousness regarding its ill effects, one can more easily look into the available solutions to help kick this habit.
Have a lucid understanding of the benefits of breaking the habit
One method to help yourself really comprehend the positive effects or the reasons why you are better off without these bad habits is to make a list. Mull over the improvements you can make to your current situation should the bad habit be eliminated before writing them down in a notebook. Refer to this list periodically as it serves as a source of constant reminder to help you think twice before indulging in the comfort of the bad habit. For added motivation, you can also include the consequences of the bad behavior next to your list.
For example, smoking leads to increased susceptibility to countless health issues like coronary diseases, high blood pressure, lung cancer, and respiratory problems just to name a few. It also degrades the quality of living for those around you, forcing them to bear the consequences of the bad habit they are not guilty of. However, if you quit smoking, you are making the effort to prevent these future health problems, giving yourself and your loved ones a better quality of life. That is enough to spur you on to kick the habit.
3. Draft out an action plan with concrete steps to help you towards the goal
A fatal flaw that many commit when sketching out their action plan is being overly ambitious. One has to know that while Rome is not built in a day; bad habits cannot be eradicated overnight. Always remember to set small and realistic goals for yourself. Never commit the grave error of moving on to other goals without effectively kicking your bad habit. A good plan will effectively help you stay on track.
These steps when used in combination and implemented conscientiously can no double help put yourself into better perspective, bringing you one step closer to kicking your bad habits.