The Zen of Habits

The Zen of Habits

Habits are very Zen in nature, as they arise from an activity that is practiced until it flows through our lives without a hitch. And without distracting us from whatever comes next. In that sense, Zen and habits are well aligned.

And like Zen, habits are also rituals—rituals of persistence. They offer you a practice in small doses until the persistence of the practice itself becomes a habit.

The caution is that habits turn into meaningless rituals when the original need has shifted, or is gone, but we just keep dialing the same “out of order” number anyway.

Or, a habit can be a smokescreen seducing us with the comfort of familiarity when something

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March 17, 2015 No comments

Monday’s Featured Quote

“The position of the artist is humble.
He is essentially a channel.”

~ Piet Mondrian

Christina Henslee

www.AtTheStudioDoor.com

 
 

March 16, 2015 No comments

Habits and Light Bulbs

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We humans are creatures of habit.

From the time we wake up until we go to sleep (and even sleep!), the majority of our behavior has been created from repeating a pattern so many times it becomes habitual.

The good news is this saves us a lot of time. We don’t have to reinvent how to brush our teeth or tie our shoes (do shoes even have laces anymore??).

You might say it’s the brain’s equivalent to how our hearts beat, our lungs breath, and our teeth chew. A part of us is on autopilot, and thank goodness because

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March 11, 2015 1 Comment

Monday’s Featured Quote

“Creativity takes courage.”

~ Henri Matisse

Ann Bell, Adrift

www.AnnBell.net

 
 

March 9, 2015 No comments