Not all habits are bad. Happiness is a habit too, says Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. Here’s how you can make it grow.
In our Weekend Reader newsletter, Rod Meade Sperry explores Buddhist wisdom for ditching negative habits.
Our basic problem, says Trudy Goodman, is ignoring the reality of impermanence. Being mindful in the moment, appreciating this flowing, interconnected life, we miraculously free ourselves from habitual patterns.
To free ourselves from habitual patterns, says Valerie Mason-John, we need to see how they have become part of our identity.
Buddhist teacher Sylvia Boorstein on 5 styles of habitual reaction—and how to find freedom from yours.
Shenpa is the urge, the hook, that triggers our habitual tendency to close down. We get hooked in that moment of tightening when we reach for relief. To get unhooked we begin by recognizing that moment of unease and learn to relax in that moment.
Pema Chödrön teaches us a simple technique we can use anytime we need a break from our habitual patterns.
When you’re caught in your habitual patterns, says Joan Sutherland, try not to fixate on your reactions. Instead cultivate awareness of everything that is happening in the moment.
Everything is either wisdom or a distortion of wisdom, says Anne Carolyn Klein. Once we see this, we can relax and follow the path.
Our habit is always to return to a small view of our experience. meditation trains us to return again and again to a larger view of our existence.