Breaking Habits

Posted by Jacinta Hin on November 23, 2006

I attended a somatic coaching workshop the other day and learned something about habits. When I attempt to talk about something that is difficult and personal I tend to tilt my head to the right as if to turn away from the topic.

I had no idea I did that, but ever since the workshop I have been observing myself and to my astonishment I have been noticing that I do this constantly and not only when I talk about myself. Even while I write this, I notice my head turning to the right. It is unconscious and automatic.

Charlie, our workshop leader, explained that, although sometimes it is good for us to be in our (physical) habit, more often than not we should get out of our habits to access the whole of ourselves.

Throughout the last week I have corrected myself at least a thousand times.

And while being in the correcting mode I realized time has come to change a couple of other habits as well.

To break the habit of living from day to day, I will start planning ahead.

To break the habit of doing everything alone, I will engage the help of others.

To break the habit of my current restless and reactionary lifestyle, I will start spending more time alone and reinstate a daily meditation and study practice.

So I asked fellow coaches Mark and Austin to coach me for a while. I asked my IT wizzard friend Richard to build my website. I have arranged for somebody to help me clean my house. I already returned to my morning meditation time. I am about to sign up for a special coaching course.

And I just signed up for another one of Charlie’s fascinating somatic workshops (see http://www.seishindo.org held in Japan, Belgium, and US).

And when I get going on my new habits…….I will look for some more to break.

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