Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
- How to Break a Habit
"To break a bad habit, analyze it and find out
what the disadvantages are of having that habit.
If you are convinced that there is a disadvantage,
that will weaken the habit. At the same time, think
of an opposite good habit that can replace the
bad habit. For example, whenever you think of
overeating, embark on a fast. Think of the ill
effects of overeating and the benefits of fasting.
To achieve this, avoid the situations that
increase the chances that you will overeat.
Habits are not only in the mind; every cell
becomes conscious of the habit. So, until even the
cells forget that habit, you avoid reminding them.
Also, get into the company of those who don't
overeat or who don't smoke. In that way you
can break any habit.
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"God bless you. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti."
The Right Thing
How do you know if what you decide to do is the right thing? It's very simple. The right thing will not affect your health and happiness. That's all. Anything that would affect your physical and mental peace, your health and happiness, is wrong. Anything. This might bring another question: "Suppose I want to help somebody who is troubled and that affects me. Should I do it or not?" If you are joyfully serving someone, even going through some pain doesn't affect you. You are still happy; you are simply using a little of your energy to help someone. You can't call that unhappiness.
Sometimes when you help somebody, you feel depressed. Why is that? It is because you had expectations. "I am helping that person. The person should accept my help and get the benefit." When you don't see that person getting the benefit you expected, you get upset. That means it's not a selfless act, it's a selfish act. "I did something and I want a result."
That doesn't mean there shouldn't be positive thoughts behind your actions. Certainly send your prayers, think about the welfare of the person. The difference is this: you want him to be happy of course, but you don't demand it. You are not attached to the outcome; you leave that up to God.
In simple words, I would say an action without any selfish expectation whatsoever is a right action. Such an act will never disturb your mind or body.
Om Shanti, Om Shanti, Om Shanti