Making changes? Check your situation.

If you want to change something about yourself, like habits, perspective, lifestyle or character, make sure you put yourself in an environment that supports the change.

For example, say  you wanted to cool yourself down. If you were standing in the middle of a fire, you wouldn’t have much success. You might be able to fan yourself a little, or maybe hose yourself down, but the effect wouldn’t last or create any real change.

Same thing applies with personal changes. For example, if your goal is to be less stressed, you can do a yoga class now and then, get massages or go on a retreat, but the effect will only last until you step back into the high-stress  environment again. If you instead put yourself in a calmer environment, around level-headed people, doing reasonable activities, you would find it much more effortless to de-stress.

It is possible to learn to be content in any situation by learning to control your mind. And you can learn to do it even within a crazy environment. But it’s just a whole lot more difficult.

That’s why yogis retreat to the caves for meditation. It’s easier. So do as the Himalayan monks do. Make it easy on yourself. Learn to control your mind AND set yourself up in a supportive situation that includes supportive people and activities.

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