"It may not sound significant, but letting go of a habit and placing your intention into the space vacated by that habit can change your life forever." Rod Stryker in The Four Desires
While reading The Four Desires last night, I came across this phrase, "If you don't consciously choose the direction of your life, your past will choose it for you." Okay, I thought, I'm ready to gain momentum forward in the direction of my choosing. The next exercise that Rod Stryker led me through was one of choosing a habit that is "nonconstructive" and I am ready to get rid of. After compiling of list of bad habits, I settled on my habit of eating away from home.
My current schedule has me teaching 3 nights during the week till 7:00pm or 7:30pm. At the point when I get home, most of the time all I can muster up is to rinse off, and walk to the nearest eatery - which gratefully isn't too far since we live on Capitol Hill. There are at least 20 different highly acclaimed restaurants within a 10 minute walk of our apartment. However, this leads to money that doesn't need to be spent, not eating extremely healthily, most likely having a drink with dinner, and going to bed after 10pm.
The habit of eating out is something that I've been trying to reduce for a while. I've finally come to terms that cooking for myself and Sean is what I want to spend time doing. I miss my kitchen (see how open to creativity it is below). I miss feeling extremely healthy after a meal prepared at home. I am honoring my inner compass to guide me toward eating at home even when I don't feel like it.
In order to place my intention into the space that was recently vacated by this habit of eating out, I will do the following:
1. Recognize when this habit rises, be with the experience, and then recall my intention of saving money and eating healthfully. Only goodness can come from being deliberate about this choice. My annamaya kosha (physical body) will thank me too!
2. Always have these items on hand, so I can prepare a quick, easy, healthy meal at any time.
3. Buy myself a crock pot! I have plenty of time in the morning to prepare this kind of recipe, so that when I get home in the evening voila! a complete nourishing meal that's all set to go. Now I just need good recipes - Please share your favorites in the comments!
What are some of your bad habits that you've been wanting to eliminate?
I am on the journey to create joy and live with full happiness. And my wish for you is to do the same!
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