You might have figured out that most of my posts are about either something that’s up for me or something that I notice with my clients. In the last few days, I’ve been thinking a lot about habits.
How much of my day is accomplished simply because of habits? How much of my day is something totally new!?
If you’re like me, most of the day is filled with activities that are habits. From setting the alarm all the way through the night-time routine is full of habitual actions, thoughts and words. Hopefully, for some of you, the day also has some new, or non-habit, aspects, too. Usually, there’s something new even if it is only because someone brought a surprise into your day.
Well, my next thought was about how useful habits are.
Certainly, many habits make daily activities go much faster, because we have created automatic body movements to accomplish them. In this group are things like brushing your teeth, the shower routine, you know the ones I mean, the ones that you could almost do in your sleep. I’d say that these habits make us more efficient. I wonder, though, whether even these habits keep us from experiencing the beauty and wonder of each moment of life.
How much quality of life have I missed during the regular, routine, habitual activities of my day?
At 47 years old, I venture to say that a large part of my life has been spent in habitual actions, thoughts and words. When I stop and take a good look at my life, even the way I check my email and check to see if it’s a telemarketer calling me are all things that I do in the same way pretty much every time. That qualifies as a habit, too.
One morning in the shower (seems to be quite an inspirational place!), I was thinking about how much of life is done by habit. When I was drying off, I decided to switch the order that I dried my feet. It truly felt strange (yes, I know, it’s a little thing) and put me off balance. What a shock to realize that even such a little thing was a habit! Since then, I make myself switch things up a bit during the morning routine and even other times of the day. That little bit of doing it a new way brings me right back into the “Now”, this very moment. I’m actually present in my life and aware of what’s going on around me and in me. And, I believe that being present in my life is actually the way it’s intended for me to live!
Wherever you are, be there totally. – Eckhart Tolle
Take a moment, right now, to notice whether what you’re doing or how you’re doing it is a habit. What could you do differently or how could you do it differently? When you do something in a new way, what do you notice? Do you also notice that it makes you more present in your life? How does that feel?
If the present feels less than good, maybe it’s time to take a deeper look.
Set up a time for us to chat about how I can help you switch it up and create your awesome life — no charge for a half-hour devoted entirely to you and how you can best move forward.
Eckhart Tolle’s book The Power of Now* gives a wonderful explanation of how to live more fully in this very moment. Living in the moment can lead you to more peace and greater health. (*link to my Amazon store)