Evaluating Your Japa
Consider what you can do to improve, and start to implement these ideas. Regularly monitor the quality of your japa by considering what is going well, what isn’t going well, and how you can improve. Little improvements over time amount to major progress.
Without making a regular effort to improve, our japa can easily lapse into a mediocre state. If we are not trying to regularly improve, it can easily get worse.
The difference between offensive chanting and the clearing stage is the effort you make to improve. When you make your best effort, you are at least on the clearing stage.
Since we are creatures of habit, we have specific japa habits. Improving japa entails creating new and improved japa habits, thus making good japa your norm.
This week work on overcoming some bad japa habits by developing some new and better habits.
Write down the realizations you got by doing this and send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note that all realizations will not necessarily be positive. Sometimes you might simply realize how difficult it is to change. These kinds of realizations make you aware that you will have to work harder at improving than you might have thought. Therefore, even the “bad” becomes an inspiration to improve.
Write down the realizations in the below comments sections you get this week by applying this principle to your japa.