The power of Habit

Habit. From habeo, to have, as the Greek  equivalent ἔξις from ἔχω. Habit means a permanent though in many matters acquired state, and is opposed to διάθεσις, disposition. The latter is temporary and can be removed with comparative ease, the former permanent and removable with difficulty. Thus the state of accidental intoxication constitutes but a diathesis, continual drunkenness a habit.

A ‘habit’ or hexis for Aristotle is a kind of ‘second nature,’ an acquired power: like human ‘nature’ itself, a habit is a determinate power to act in a specific way” (Randall 254). Habits can foster the good life by cultivating virtue and by molding the passions to feel pleasure and pain in the right ways.

We usually make a clear distinction between good and bad habits: How and to what extent can bad habits be broken and, conversely, how can we develop and strengthen good habits?

Since our habits, as embodied sets of behavioral patterns and schemes, operate in most cases (although not necessarily) beneath the level of awareness, the first step to take in order to change them is to bring them back to consciousness. According to Michel Proust, the arts are a powerful resource to “to bring us back into contact with the reality of life, by abolishing habits”. What is the potential of literature, theater and – with an eye to contemporary arts – virtual art installations and virtual immersive environments to make us aware of our habits.

Scholars in the environmental sciences and in sociology of the environment today realize that there is “an urgent need for a robust theory of consumption that addresses how habits form, how they change and how policy can contribute to the formation of new habits that are less environmentally intrusive” . What is an ‘environmental habit’ and why is it important?

How and to what extent practices such as meditation and mindfulness, which enjoy today increasing popularity, can help us “grasp” our habits of thinking and acting (including our environmental habits)? Indeed, “no act of cognition is going to change” our habits; “awareness of habit has to be cultivated at the level of sensations, feelings, and involuntary thoughts. This kind of awareness is deliberately  cultivated in certain therapeutic and spiritual exercises” such as, for example, Buddhist meditation techniques and mindfulness techniques.

How to discipline your hobbits :

my own experience started when i was very young. I start to practice martial arts at the age of 12 till this very day in the age of 30th. The habit or now the lifestyle led me to accomplish amazing things in life like, believe in myself , self-discipline, honor , respect, self-learning. These things such as habit is amazing tool to create and beauty about it it is never too late. For example, before i very rarely i reed a books, maybe now and then if there is some topic to interest me, but since i found my breakthrough in life and i wanted to change my self i started to reed books and i accomplished so far to make it in habit, and soon it will be my life style. I started 15min per day to reed a book, then i increased in time 30min a day, and now i make it a habit after 1 year i am reading a book 1-2h per day and that is a must, why ? Well because i don’t feel very educated if i don’t, i feel very low if i don’t educate myself and reed a book . So my advice for you is if you want to make something out of yourself start with small things and continue until you reach a big things and make it as Habit.

Milos Crnogorcevic @milosonlinept

Published by Milos Crnogorcevic

My name is Milos, and I am in martial arts for 20 years, my biggest hobby is book reading and study. I love to help people with things that I write, about life, fitness, and personal development, and faith. If I can help just one person to be better I already change the world.

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