Spiritual disciplines have a natural life cycle. They begin with inspiration that focuses the mind and gradually fade into rigidities.
Creating habits is among the most powerful of choices available to us as seekers. We select practices that shake up our routine, and reinforce the qualities of mind that we wish to cultivate. We feel fresh and new. But over time, practice becomes stale from familiarity. When we find ourselves performing by rote, it is time to continue our challenge by adopting new forms.
Paradoxically, it may be just when we cease our avoidance and become fully comfortable in a routine that we know it is time for a change.