A few weeks ago I learned from Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen that in the practice of somatics --a learning process aimed toward embodied transformation -- it takes 21 times of focused practice for there to be a possibility of new behavior, 300 times for muscle memory -- for our bodies to instinctively do a new thing, 3000 times for embodiment -- so that it's not a practice, it's "who I am," and 10,000 times for mastery.
Last year when a friend invited me to set intentions with her as a daily spiritual practice and I agreed, I discovered I don't like to set intentions when I lack the wherewithal to see them through. It takes perseverance to bring an intention into being, even on the daily. And some days I just don't have it in me.
But our times are teaching us that committed conscious intentions that ultimately connect us in a higher good for all are vital to our existence. We must persevere in seeing them through. 1 time, 2 times, 21; at some point 300, hopefully 3000….
In January I meditated in the energies of this fresh new year, reflecting upon what might now be required of me. I eventually felt guided toward three deeply personal intentions that offer a grounding, centering, and focusing for this year and beyond. Each one purposely rooted in new ways of being I know will challenge my existing thinking and behaviors. They're in alignment with my higher spirit and values, and I hope,will lead to a deepening wisdom.
Already I've had false starts and what feels like regression! My ego balks at being expected to do something which requires change.
It takes perseverance to bring an intention into being.
I'll stay at it with mine. And I hope you will with yours. The world needs our good.