Week Three:  Habits of Mind


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If you pay attention for just five minutes, you know something very fundamental: things change, nothing stays comfortable, sensations come and go quite impersonally, according to conditions, but not because of anything that you do or think you do. Changes come and go quite by themselves.

In the first five minutes of paying attention, you learn that pleasant sensations lead to the desire that these sensations will stay and that unpleasant sensations lead to the hope that they will go away. And both the attraction and the aversion amount to tension in the mind.Both are uncomfortable.

So in the first minutes, you get a big lesson about suffering: wanting things to be other than they are. Such a tremendous amount of truth to be learned just closing your eyes and paying attention to bodily sensations.

–Sylvia Boorstein

Home Practices

Informal
  • Practice pausing when you notice that you are stressed​
  • Pay attention to your habits under stress without judgment ​
Formal
  • Practice breathing or movement practice daily
  • STOP or 15 Breaths practice as needed
ADHD
  • Starting with “ADHD triage,” for one challenge you define:​
    • Define a habit you have​
    • Set a reminder for yourself to label it a habit  ​
    • Set an intention to try something different (for just one week)

Guided Practices

Breathing Meditation
Walking Meditation
Yoga Meditation