Practice a particular kriya or mantra every single day for the same amount of time. Based on the number of days you do this, here is how it will affect your habits.
40 Days: Practice every day for 40 days straight. This will break any negative habits that block you from the expansion possible through the kriya or mantra.
90 Days: Practice every day for 90 days straight. This will establish a new habit in your conscious and subconscious minds based on the effect of the kriya or mantra. It will change you in a very deep way.
120 Days: Practice every day for 120 days straight. This will confirm the new habit of consciousness created by the kriya or mantra. The positive benefits of the kriya get integrated permanently into your psyche.
1000 Days: Practice every day for 1000 days straight. This will allow you to master the new habit of consciousness that the kriya or mantra has promised. No matter what the challenge, you can call on this new habit to serve you.
Remember, a habit is a subconscious chain reaction between the mind, the glandular system and the nervous system. We develop habits at a very young age. Some of them serve our highest destiny. Some of them do not. By doing a 40, 90, 120 or 1000 day special sadhana, you can rewire that chain reaction. You can develop new, deeply ingrained habits that serve your highest good.
“One part of sadhana should stay constant long enough for you to master, or at least experience, the changes evoked by a single technique. Each kriya and mantra has its individual effects, although they all elevate you toward a cosmic consciousness. Learn to value the pricelessness of one kriya, and all others will be understood in a clearer light.”
–Yogi Bhajan, from The Aquarian Teacher, Level One Instructor. Page 150.
I am here to build new habits. Healthy habits that will benefit my body and soul for the rest of my mortal life.
I just recently reached 40 days of daily meditation (although I started Nabhi Kriya later than Kirtan Kriya) and I feel really pleased about it. I feel like I am breaking through those negative habits and blocks, and am now finally working on the subconscious mind. I am ready to change in a deeper way!
It's funny, because it wasn't until I reached 40 days that my children suddenly started becoming interested in joining my meditation - my 10 year old son did the entire set with me yesterday, although he needed to take a few breaks here and there. I am really proud of him! It was entirely his desire and I'm sure it helped him. My extended family members are becoming interested in meditating, or starting on their own and seeking out teachers for themselves. It's exciting!
My ultimate goal is 1000 days straight, which is nearly 3 years. I know things will change in that time, and I will likely need to add something to my daily sadhana, but I'm sure I can carry on with what I am doing now - the children will get older, I will get more sleep, and I will be able to carve out a bit more time to myself in the day. Right now, it is a real struggle to find an hour without any interruptions, especially since my toddler seems to have a sixth sense and know when I am trying to wake up early, so she wakes up early, too! Trying to do yoga moves and peacefully meditate with a needy toddler in your lap is not easy.
Thankfully, intention is 90% of this work. If I'm doing my best, God will make up the difference. Isn't that wonderful? I feel like all truth, regardless of the source, points me back to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I feel like I have officially begun my journey, now. I have overcome resistance (some days it is REALLY HARD to get started for various reasons, but once I start, I marvel over how much I enjoy it) and am now firmly entrenching this new habit. Life is good!