yogananda

CHAPTER 8

Bringing Out the Best Within You

Continues…….

Creating Good Habits and Destroying Bad Ones

Repeated performance of an action creates a mental blueprint. Every action is performed mentally as well physically, and repetition of a particular action and its accompanying thought-pattern causes the formation of subtle electrical pathways in the physiological brain, somewhat like the grooves in a phonograph record. After a time, whenever you put the needle of attention on those “grooves” of electrical pathways, it plays back the “record” of the original mental blueprint. Each time an action is repeated, these grooves of electrical pathways become deeper, until the slightest attention automatically “plays” those same actions over and over again.

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These patterns make you behave in a certain way, often against your wish. Your life follows those grooves that you yourself have created in the brain. In that sense you are not a free person; you are more or less a victim of the habits you have formed. Depending on how set those patterns are, to that degree you are a puppet. But you can neutralize the dictates of those bad habits. How? By creating brain patterns of opposite good habits. And you can completely erase the grooves of bad habits by meditation.

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