In this episode of Living with Reality, Dr. Robert Svoboda speaks to the importance of being aware of our habits and developing healthy rituals.
We begin by discussing language and the etymology of the words habit and routine. The root of ‘habit’ comes from a Latin word that means to have, hold, and consider. Habits can be created unconsciously and not necessarily benefit us. A profound spiritual practice is to study and identify what kind of habits you have. We must consider our habits because then we can determine which habits are not useful and break them up. Dr. Svoboda says that if we can learn to break our negative habits, we can then learn to act instead of react. We want to keep the habits that are useful and positive to us. Positive habits give our minds and bodies something to rely upon.