Ugh, sometimes vasana’s can be a proverbial pain! I find those ‘fetus in a womb’ vasanas that keep nagging at me need a long-term strategy if I am to get on top of them, let them simmer away in the background of my life without disrupting me constantly.
Perhaps like children who constantly need our attention – I find if I automate many of the routines and tasks in their lives, then they need me less and feel confident to get on with their day without me. They can simmer away in the background of my life without demanding to be the star attraction.
So for my persistent vasanas that are taking longer than I’d like to burn up, I implement a strict routine. This way, I don’t need to keep making decisions about whether to indulge them or not – there’s a routine that includes me ‘sinning intelligently’ and in a way that does not create too many unintended consequences, and then I’m back into my routine.
I can keep this routine going indefinitely as it fits into my daily schedule, requires nothing from me to implement and calms my mind.