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Unlearning Our Habits

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Hi, and welcome to your Daily Mindfulness. Today I'm going to talk about a mindfulness practice called a habit releaser. So, so for most of us, when we tend to go through our day, we spend quite a bit of time on autopilot mode. So autopilot is this state where most of our attention is caught up in our wondering mind. So we're not quite fully present in the moment.

No much of our automaticity, our automatic pilot mode is shown by the fact that we tend to do the same thing day in, day out in the same way. You know, we sit in the same seat at the dining table, we go the same route to work we do the same thing as soon as we wake up in the morning. For most of us, maybe that's grabbing the phone. And you know, we tend to do a lot of things in the same exact way, day after day. So the idea of a habit releaser is that you use this practice to begin to deliberately break the chain of habitual things that you do each day, thereby bringing more awareness to them.

So for example, you might choose to sit in a different chair at the dining table or in the living room or on the train or the bus. You might choose to sleep on the other side of the bed at night. It might mean doing something different when you first wake up instead of reaching for the phone or a cup of coffee, you might try something like walking outside for 10 minutes before doing that initial habit that you usually do. Other that habit releases you can try include brushing your teeth with the opposite hand, walking or driving a slightly different way to work. And if you find yourself lost in thoughts during the day, one practice is to physically stop, look around you at all of your surroundings and simply take a deep breath before proceeding.

So that's a way to break that automaticity. You could also try a new food or a new restaurant that you never tried before. So I invite you to give this a try in your own life today and for the rest of the week. Just have a little experiment with it. Have some fun with it.

Just see if you can do a few things differently to your usual routine, and then see what you notice about doing those things differently. I think you'll find that if you continuously use these habit releasers, you can bring more awareness, more intention, and more fun into your life. So as always, thank you for your practice and your presence here with us. And just inviting you now to settle in to today's meditation where are we going to continue this exploration on this theme of intentional living. So let's settle in for that now.

Melli O'Brien

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Unlearning Our Habits

Personalized support for learning how to integrate mindfulness into your life. Delivered fresh everyday by our world renowned experts. Choose meditation duration:

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Hi, and welcome to your Daily Mindfulness. Today I'm going to talk about a mindfulness practice called a habit releaser. So, so for most of us, when we tend to go through our day, we spend quite a bit of time on autopilot mode. So autopilot is this state where most of our attention is caught up in our wondering mind. So we're not quite fully present in the moment.

No much of our automaticity, our automatic pilot mode is shown by the fact that we tend to do the same thing day in, day out in the same way. You know, we sit in the same seat at the dining table, we go the same route to work we do the same thing as soon as we wake up in the morning. For most of us, maybe that's grabbing the phone. And you know, we tend to do a lot of things in the same exact way, day after day. So the idea of a habit releaser is that you use this practice to begin to deliberately break the chain of habitual things that you do each day, thereby bringing more awareness to them.

So for example, you might choose to sit in a different chair at the dining table or in the living room or on the train or the bus. You might choose to sleep on the other side of the bed at night. It might mean doing something different when you first wake up instead of reaching for the phone or a cup of coffee, you might try something like walking outside for 10 minutes before doing that initial habit that you usually do. Other that habit releases you can try include brushing your teeth with the opposite hand, walking or driving a slightly different way to work. And if you find yourself lost in thoughts during the day, one practice is to physically stop, look around you at all of your surroundings and simply take a deep breath before proceeding.

So that's a way to break that automaticity. You could also try a new food or a new restaurant that you never tried before. So I invite you to give this a try in your own life today and for the rest of the week. Just have a little experiment with it. Have some fun with it.

Just see if you can do a few things differently to your usual routine, and then see what you notice about doing those things differently. I think you'll find that if you continuously use these habit releasers, you can bring more awareness, more intention, and more fun into your life. So as always, thank you for your practice and your presence here with us. And just inviting you now to settle in to today's meditation where are we going to continue this exploration on this theme of intentional living. So let's settle in for that now.

Melli O'Brien

4.7

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