Bad habits come along. It is easy to gain weight. Even easier to start procrastinating and be lazy. One habit can create many other similar habits. What you are doing right now is creating a habit. If you read this article, word for word, you are creating a habit of reading precisely. If you skip through the article, you are practising skipping. If you keep doing this long enough, a habit will form. You will not be able to break the habit. It will become a subconscious neural pathway for you.
The Domino Effect
One habit brings in many more connecting habits. For example, make your bed every morning for a few days (if you haven’t been doing it already). You will end up picking up a habit to stay organized. You will want to do it more often. Also, you will do many more things. You will form a routine around that routine. You’ll pick up socks and clothes lying around. Your closet will appear a bit organized. A genuine desire to improve your life will take place.
This little change of habits is known as the “domino effect”.
Researchers at Northwestern University discovered that when people decreased their sedentary leisure time for a few days, it also reduced their everyday fat intake. The participants were not told to eat less, nevertheless their habits improved as a side-effect of sitting less on the couch and eating.
One habit led to another and they formed many good habits on the way.
Commit to an activity punctually every day and you will see many other activities taking place at the regular time. Take any one habit. Hold on to it. You will form many more habits with the help of this habit.
For example, form a habit of practising the Nitaai Breathing exercise for a few minutes every single day. Find yourself a good time to do the breathing exercise. Of course, you can practice as much as you can. There is nothing to lose, and all to gain.
Say you start practising Nitaai Breathing exercise every morning before breakfast at 8:00 am. Your schedule will be fixed around the breathing exercise and breakfast will automatically begin to settle. You will want to get up early and shower because you can’t skip the 8:00 am mark. You will want to take breakfast right after your practice. Once the link gets established, your brain will begin to link it to many more happenings automatically.
Practising Nitaai Breathing brings relaxes your mind. It will make you feel mindful and calm. Your mind will remain peaceful and stress-free. Your emotions will stabilize. You won’t experience restlessness. You will have a continuous flow of positive emotions appearing in your mind.
Your mind will associate your Nitaai Breathing exercise as an automatic sequence for the brain. Whenever you are tired and agitated, you will feel like practising Nitaai Breathing or Nitaai listening because your mind associates relaxation and healing with it.
One habit can create new patterns in your brain. It can help you focus your energies and create a positive sequence of habits in your life. Start and stick to a single habit, like Nitaai Breathing exercise or Nitaai Listening.