Environment Is an Obstacle to Meditation


Dear friends. I lived abroad for 3 years, since I was far of my old enviroment it was easy to keep my sadhana. 1 year ago I came back, and I have to live with one of my friends, she is a very good person but she has a liberal style of life, so is remembering my old bad habits (night life and so) I have lose my meditation habit. Do I need to leave my flatmate (is very difficult, I dont have enought money for live alone) Or is just a lack or will power? What should I do?

—Jeni, Colombia


Dear Jeni,

Paramhansa Yogananda said that environment is stronger than will power. If you want to keep a daily meditation practice, you need to create an environment that will support you.

Since you don’t have the money to live alone, it might be wise to talk with your friend about it. You can convey to her how important it is for you to meditate daily, and suggest some ways that she can help support you in incorporating a daily practice.

Give it a try and see if it works. If it doesn’t work, start praying to God and ask for His help, to find a better living situation that will help you sustain a daily practice of meditation. Try to find creative solutions, to where and when you can meditate daily, at your current situation. Make the efforts to meditate daily no matter what, until a better solution is found.


Nayaswami Diksha