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Ever found yourself continuously over-analysing, tending to be too emotional or repeating unhelpful behaviours? Or perhaps you often hold tension mostly in one part of the body? From lifetime experiences, you might have developed stubborn habits of thinking, feeling, behaving or physicalizing stress.

 

Where on this Venn Diagram are you right now? Where do you think that you personally mostly perceive the world from when under pressure? Through body senses, thinking about things, acting or feeling your way through life?

Body senses

Behaviour

Thoughts

Mindful

Balance

Emotions

I walk down the street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I fall in.

I am lost... I am helpless.

It isn't my fault.

It takes forever to find a way out.

 

I walk down the same street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I pretend I don't see it.

I fall in again.

I can't believe I am in the same place.

But, it isn't my fault.

It still takes me a long time to get out

“Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken”.

 

Warren Buffett

Business magnate and philanthropist

We might barely detect habits forming until they are deeply engrained, automatic and controlling us.  We can then develop rigid, lopsided and biased ways of living. Mindfulness can help us re-center ourselves to give more balance to body, feelings, thinking and behavior.

 

We settle into being who we are outside of the habits that constrain us. Instead of mindlessly following the grooves that take us down tracks we do not want to go, we can take a different path. In the poem below, Portia Nelson describes this very articulately.

Manage your mind, rather than letting your mind get in your own way.

Ever find that your mind has a mind of its own? You might want to drive your behaviour in one direction and your mind automatically takes you in another. Despite your good intentions, firm resolutions and 'notes to self', you find yourself struggling to get out of certain repetitive patterns. Mindfulness helps you change gear from autopilot to mindful and purposeful living. You could find so much relief in getting release from energy-depleting habits.

 

WHY MINDFULNESS?

HABITS

MINDFUL BALANCE

THERE'S A HOLE IN MY SIDEWALK

Throughout life we pick up helpful habits that develop us. But habits can also be our undoing. We might not even notice that patterns and routines that were once useful tip over into becoming a problem. This quote sums it up very well:

I walk down the same street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I see it is there.

I still fall in. It's a habit.

My eyes are open.

I know where I am.

It is my fault. I get out immediately.

 

I walk down the same street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I walk around it.

 

I walk down another street.

Portia Nelson

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