Friday, November 26, 2010

Habits are Habits

Being a person is not the easiest thing in the world. That may sound a bit odd. Here’s the point: People are subject to an environment that is full of stimulation at levels that cannot be measured. If you live in a city, the lights and the noise alone are daunting, and you’re not aware that it is happening to you - sensory overload.

Sensory overload becomes addictive. The nervous system seems to think that certain “foreign matter” should be increased beyond what’s healthy. That can mean drinking too much coffee, smoking, or even working out to the point of damage. If you are a marathon runner but have hammered your knees into mush, you have to question the what drove you. The addictive nature of being human has taken over.

Beyond things like nicotine and caffeine, many habits that are dangerous for you are just that: habits. You can avoid bad habits if you become aware of yourself at all levels. Most people don’t focus on their bodies and minds to keep them in check. They get out of bed and react to life immediately before ever checking in with themselves to see if there is a basic balance.

When you get dressed in the morning, it is pretty certain that you have checked to see if your Rocawear is clean before you put it on and brush your teeth. When was the last time you woke up and asked yourself, “Am I ok?” It’s a healthy question. It is even healthier to listen to the answer you get back. If the answer you get is a demand for a smoke, or the urge to crawl back into bed for another four hours, that’s a message that something is out of balance. Habit took over. Bad habits are created. They can be broken, if you are aware that they exist.


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