I’ve been thinking …
I know, what else is new?
But more specifically, I’ve been thinking a lot about HABITS lately. It’s probably because I just finished reading two of Dr. Joe Dispenza’s masterful books. So good.
Habits are a fascinating topic when you really think about them. I mean, we say we want change. But at the same time, most of us think the same thoughts, feel the same feelings, and do the same things every single day.
We have literally wired our brains to fire the same patterns over and over again.
What’s more, we have trained our cells to expect the very same molecules of emotion, hour after hour after hour.
For example, if the cells are running low on habitual anger molecules, they send a message to the brain to pump out more habitual angry thoughts. On and on it goes. Emotional addiction. Feelings need our thoughts to get their fix.
This is one of the ways we develop habits. Unconscious habits. We essentially think without thinking. And these automatic thoughts and feelings become who we are. Who we are being.
Be. Do. Have.
We cannot sustain any action (doing) or have anything new without becoming someone new first.
One of the very first steps to creating a new way of being is to become conscious of the unconscious. To become self-aware. Or, more practically, to observe our habitual thoughts and feelings, and stop them in their tracks.
Before the brain has a chance to run that same old program, you say NOPE. Not going there.
It takes practice, of course. But when we make it our job to repeatedly interrupt our programmed patterns and replace them with better thoughts and better feelings, we break the habit of being ourselves, as Dr. Dispenza would say.
This pattern interruption makes measurable changes to our brains. And if the mind is indeed the brain in action, we have created a new mind.
To become more than our current habits is how we find the genius within.
The great psychologist and philosopher William James once wrote, “Genius, in truth, means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.”
Read that quote a few times and really ponder it.
What if we could move into a new experience without clinging to expectations constructed by our pasts?
What if we could use our thoughts to get our cells addicted to molecules of higher-vibration emotions like love, gratitude, and joy?
What if the person who cut you off on the freeway this morning didn’t have the power to throw your brain into its automatic anger pattern and screw up your whole vibe?
We have the power to do this, so long as we choose to become consciously aware of the autopilot within, to take responsibility for it, and to commit to becoming someone new.
Anyway, this topic doesn’t have a whole lot to do with today’s episode of The Quote of The Day Show … though being willing to release your habits is #2 on Lisa Nichols’s list of3 Things You Need to Release.