A person’s habits become their habitat. Habits are repeated (learned) behaviours that have become ingrained as beliefs. Once these habits are ingrained we cease to notice they were at one time learned, and these beliefs become our axis of relating to the world, they inform the climate of our identity experience and thus we live in our identity experience as a unique habitat. What do I mean by identity experience? Generally this is what we term ‘myself’ in other words a seamless narrative of the mind experience connected to the body experience, a life span of learned and uniquely expressed habits and story telling manifesting as a unique self. The key word here is experience as this raises the question: who experiences the self? You may or may not have noticed by now that there’s some kind of Experience of experiencing the experience. The self refers to itself, it notices its own behaviours, it seems to have sub-identities that communicate as though they are a pantheon of selves happening under the umbrella of one coherent Self. Not everyone experiences the interface of an inner self and an outside world as a ‘dialogue’ but we do seem to share the sense that there is a self that can be observed. Who is observing? Which one is ‘me’?
Habit.At is a helpful blog exploring what I call the Art of Noticing, and how building the simple habit of noticing opens the portal to Freedom: often referred to as Love.
How do we build the habit of Noticing? Building the habit of meditation is one and the same as building the habit of what I call Noticing. It could also be called Listening, it could also be termed Attending, it is the Experience of experiencing the experience. The best thing about this is that it is GOOD, it feels wonderful, it is the secret ingredient of all desired outcomes, and it doesn’t even require an outcome to be experienced, there is no transaction! It is FREE!
Generally we categorise habits as ‘good’ or ‘bad’, however as these terms have entrenched moral readings my preference is to categorise them as helpful or harmful. I ask the question: in practice is this habit currently helpful or harmful?
Each time I post I’ll address a different ‘Noticing’ on the topic of helpful and harmful habits, and offer a helpful meditation resource to build the helpful habits that generate a thriving ecology of self; your unique habitat.
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