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Growing Into New Habits

We are just beginning the season of new life. Spring is here! Many good seeds have been planted and some new plants and flowers are growing. Easter and Passover have brought us the recognition of new spiritual life. Now, all we have to do is grow the new way of life, a new mental life.

First, we must forget the old ways. Actually, we will never forget them, but we must begin to detach ourselves from them. That is a tough task and takes a lot of practice (the second task) because, as yoga says, negative samskaras (our old self-hated habits) are so strong and persistent that, like the weeds, which always seem to have a head start on the vegetables we plant, they begin after a while to even “color” the landscape of our life. We begin to look, at least to ourselves, like a weed patch.