For those of you who have ventured into the 30-day practice, and completed the 30-day practice…… Why not go for 40?!?!
It is said that the number 40 has spiritual significance. 40 days to bring about spiritual transformation, to have a purifying effect. A person 40 years of age attains true understanding. 40 days of rain purified the world, and so on….. Regardless of your belief system, there is a very positive effect of practicing for 40 consecutive days.
There is no guarantee that you’ll be an “enlightened” being after 40 days, but I’ll guarantee you’ll be looking at the world differently. You’ll be more compassionate, and less judgmental. If you are committed to the next 10 days and “Going for 40,” I will offer this suggestion for your practice: Meditation. Meditation, meditation, meditation. Sit quietly, and listen. Offer loving-kindness to someone you need to forgive, or to someone who simply presents a challenge to your life.
For example, “I forgive you, _________ . May you be safe. May you be happy. May you be healthy.” Maybe fill in the blank with a different name each day? Maybe on day 40 you fill in the blank with your own name?
For the next 10 days, in addition to your asana practice, meditate – for at least 20 minutes each day. You do have 20 minutes every day.
Let’s do this.