“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man,” Greek philosopher, Heraclitus.
If this is true, and in my experience it is, we need to start having a different conversation around habits. And I don’t just mean so-called “bad” habits. Let me explain.
Habitual behaviors will often give us comfort because of the way they anchor us into what is familiar. We know ourselves, we can anticipate a result and we don’t have to think, we get to relax into the known. As spiritual journeyers, habits can feel like a welcomed reprieve of not having to think or “be” with something. We get a break. But what if our habits are preventing us from actually moving forward? What if our habits are meeting us at the level of needs we had when they were developed and not necessarily who we are right now?
Most of us recognize that we are co-creators in our life experiences but we often focus on the bigger aspects of life. We want to manifest that house, that relationship or that job and in doing this we lose sight of the moment to moment growth opportunities that enable us to become the person we need to be to welcome in the bigger changes in our lives. Why? Because we all engage in habits and without conscious awareness, we solidify former aspects of ourselves and don’t leave room for the ways we change every moment of every day.