Changing your habits with very little effort using Yoga Nidra
Yoga Nidra is a sleep based meditation differing from a regular meditation in that we lie down instead of staying seated. This has a a large effect on our flow of energy, enabling us to more easily enter a state of deep relaxation but without actually sleeping. We remain aware of ourselves and our surroundings but are not engaged with any of it.
In order to change our habits with minimal effort we set an intention that is generally a broader, longer term intention such as "I am happy, healthy, whole and well." As we are guided into a deep state of relaxation using various techniques such as progressive muscle relaxation and breathing techniques, we enter a state where our mind is quietened and we are deeply relaxed, somewhere near to that place where we are still awake but close to falling asleep.
It is in this state that we can move our attention to our heart area and offer our intention to our higher selves, a deeper state of consciousness, away from the chatter of the busy mind. Rather than exhausting ourselves with attempting to change our stream of conscious thinking, which has been programmed and ingrained since childhood, we can offer a broader intention to our subconscious self. The more we practice Yoga Nidra, the more we get in touch with our true selves which starts the process of change. If there are any habits, thinking patterns or behaviours that are not inline with our broader intention, they will start to dissipate without us having to make much effort at all.
For best results, try practicing Yoga Nidra morning and evening for at least 30 minutes for the first two weeks and then at least once daily thereafter. Different people experience different effects and I'm always interested in what you have to say.