Habit Energy

Just yesterday, I blogged about awareness. And today, during my routine read of Your True Home, the everyday wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh, I came across another good read – Habit Energy.

“HABIT ENERGY is pushing us; it pushes us to do things without our being aware. Sometimes we do something without knowing we’re doing it. Even when we don’t wait to do something, we still do it. Sometimes we say, “I didn’t want to do it, but it’s stronger than me, it pushed me.” So that is a seed, a habit energy, which may have come from man generations in the past.

We have inherited a lot. With mindfulness, we can become aware of the habit energy that has been passed down to us. We might see that our parents or grandparents were also very weak in ways similar to us. We can be aware without judgement that our negative habits come from these ancestral roots. We can smile at our shortcomings, at our habit energy. With awareness, we have a choice; we can act another way. We can end the cycle of suffering right now.”

I keep a copy of this book around me and go through some of the learnings frequently. The book lists down 365 daily wisdom for us to learn something new everyday.

 

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