What is that saying again? 30 days makes a habit (unless you’re talking about flossing, of course)?
I’m jumping the shark a little with this post, but I’m okay with that. I honestly don’t know if I’m really jumping the shark; the exact point of things was so undefined that I may actually be right on time. Who knows?
Anyway. I’ve been very introspective this week (more than usual), as I near the one year point of finally committing to pursuing Hinduism as a spiritual path. Most of my thoughts have focused on this blog, and why it is that I feel such a strong need to broadcast my spirituality on such a (relatively) public forum. I’ve been questioned by people asking that same thing. Why is it so important to talk about it all the time? Isn’t it a private thing?
So then I did some Facebooking, and realized that roughly 50% of the posts of the people I grew up with include some mention of God and/or faith. 50%! That’s a pretty telling statistic.
I heard once that Kentucky is the buckle of the Bible Belt, but I’d like to argue that the Jesus waist of the nation is cinched at the hip, and that the buckle sits firmly at the Western edge of Arkansas. You can’t go a day without some sort of conversation about religion. People are very open about it and discuss it freely. In fact, to be closed-mouthed about it is strange. So it’s no wonder that I’m constantly thinking about it, talking about it, blogging about it, etc. I grew up with it as a constant, visible part of my life.
A really curious thing has happened to me, though, over the course of this past year. I have slowly not found it as important to broadcast my beliefs all the time. Who knew this would be a side effect? The blog, sadly, has suffered from this, because I’m feeling the need to make fewer, more deliberate posts, but I also am not self-conscious about my beliefs as much now, since they’re not a badge on my personality all the time.
The practice of being a Hindu (or a follower of Sanatana Dharma or whatever you like to call it) has become an excellent habit, and I’m hoping that each new aspect that I experience and incorporate into my life goes the same way. At first I was sure that it was just another phase I was going through, and I would totally chicken out and go back to church, but so far, I have remained steadfast (hence the “good habits” title).
I’m getting really really excited for festival season. I did a little private Ganesh Chaturthi celebration at home, and am looking forward to Navratri (I’m sure there are others I don’t even know about between now and then; if you know of one that’s especially nice that I should try to experience, please do let me know). There’s even a Vedanta seminar coming up in early October that I’m thinking of attending (thanks to Kodanda for the tip)!
Now if I can just apply my knowledge of habit-forming to flossing my teeth…