Different kinds of habits have different feelings and energies associated with them, but all can be experienced and changed when met with a kind, interested, and accepting awareness. In the December issue of Mindful magazine, we explore and work with four main kinds of habits.

1. Habits of wantingincluding craving or habitually seeking food, drink, drugs, sex, or any other object of desire.

2. Habits of distraction—moving away from our present-moment experience toward something that seems more attractive, interesting, or exciting, such as social media, text messages, email, or TV.

3. Habits of resistancefeelings of wanting to avoid something we find unpleasant or painful. These habits might manifest as anger, frustration, judgment, and impatience.

4. Habits of doing, stress, and worry—feeling like we’re always on our way somewhere, without enough time to get everything done, checking off our “to-do” list, with a stressed, often frenetic sense of disconnection from the present.

With each of these kinds of habits, mindfulness connects us with our deepest intentions and shines a light on behaviors that don’t serve to help support our intention to make changes.

Read the full article, “Are You a Creature of (Bad) Habits?”

Hugh Byrne

Hugh Byrne, Ph.D., a guiding teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, has practiced meditation for thirty years and taught mindfulness meditation since 2000. He also teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and completed a three-year training in Somatic Experiencing, a mind-body approach to healing trauma. Hugh has a law degree from London University and a Ph.D. in political science from UCLA, and worked for more than two decades in the field of human rights and social justice. He is the author of The Here-and-Now Habit and teaches classes, workshops, and retreats in the United States and internationally.


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