So a fair slug of what this blog is for is to figure out how the life I currently live is aligned – or can be aligned – with the best practices for the things I think are important.And since for both writing and prayer DAILY is purportedly critical, I use this space to explore […]
I’ve been meaning to make a note of this – I mean, I made the note mentally, and have taken that note out and looked at it several times, and even attached “This belongs in the blog” to the note. But I haven’t been over here — I’ve been trying to stay streamlined, arms by […]
Fix Bad Habits: Insights from a 7-Year Obsession1. Set a conditioning period.2. Make the habit every day.3. Strategically replace your biggest lost needs.4. Begin with the start in mind. hm.
Susan Piver (a Buddhist meditation teacher) used the above title for her email today — it began: Q: Susan, I have trouble committing myself to the cushion… please address this. A: We all have difficulty with this. I totally understand. When you sit on the cushion, you’re agreeing to sit down with the unknown. Sometimes […]
I /have/ found a ‘pull’– weekly planning. I sat down yesterday to sort thru the week ahead, bc I’ve been feeling on the edge of losing stuff/getting blindsided. Turns out I’d missed two full weeks! I feel better, so I come back. Habit-forming.
Aha moment: Meditation time seems the same as rumination time 90% of my practice. Rumination, I’ve learned, is pointless. Ergo… . Hard to feel a ‘pull’ when that’s the case.
One of the ideas-to-explore I jotted down has to do with my semi-routines. I complain that I don’t have many actual habits. Toothbrushing, for example. I make a conscious choice to brush my teeth each day. (Or don’t. But I’m not supposed to talk about that; discussing details of my sex life is more acceptable […]
Today’s flipped upside-down, except for the swimming. (I did haul myself out of bed and into the pool by 7:15 a.m.) Lots of paid-work—for me—and now, in the evening, reading learning thinking and, oh, look! blogging. And I am feeling tired, more tired than I would’ve been if the day went right-side up. Tired, I […]
Weaving through all my reading, I’ve pulled out this thread: a steady habit embeds something that pulls you into it. Why? For starters, will (pushing) is tied more to conscious thought. Paraphrasing from Your Brain at Work , conscious thought happens in your prefrontal cortex, which is the newest and most energy-hungry part of the […]