Mastering Effects of Meditation: How it works over time

I mentioned the lengths of meditation periods to my class and what a repetitive meditation can do in those lengths of time, but recently a student asked me for clarification so I thought I’d reprint it here, straight from the book.

To master the effects of a meditation, practice it as a Sadhana, a daily discipline. This will develop a life promoting habit. Habit controls us so much that it is said that we can actually change our destiny by changing our habits. According to yogic science, the human mind works in cycles. We can use various cycles to help replace unwanted patterns of behavior (mental or emotional habits), with new, more positive ones.

When one commits to a particular meditation or Kriya for a specific time:

  • It takes 40 days to change a habit.
  • It takes 90 days to confirm the habit.
  • In 120 days, the new habit is who you are.
  • In 1000 days, you have mastered the new habit.

The duration of 40 days of practice lets the meditation provoke your subconscious (mind) to release any thoughts and emotional patterns that hinder you. A good meditation will break your old patterns, put in a seed for a new pattern, and clear the subconscious. Try to meditate at the same time each day. It is helpful to keep a journal of your daily practice.

from: The Aquarian Teacher, KRI Textbook, Level One Instructor
© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan.

Now get crackin’


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  1. You could also add this info about the time lengths:

    (Paraphrased straight from the book)

    3 Mins: affects the EM field and blood circulation

    11 Mins: affects the nerves and glandular system

    22 Mins: balances the three minds, and they begin to work together

    31-33 Mins: affects all the cells and rhythms of the body, the 3 gunas, all 31 tattvas, and layers of the mind’s projections

    62-66 Mins: alters the ‘grey matter’ of the brain – subconscious and outer-projection are integrated

    2.5 Hours: alters the psyche in relation with the surrounding magnetic field to firmly hold the subconscious mind in a new pattern

  2. Good point, Fateh. Thanks for the input.

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