Habit or Human Nature?

What is a habit? Could we say that this is just a factor of human nature? This is debatable. Human nature is defined as: “Human nature refers to the distinguishing characteristics—including ways of thinking, feeling and acting—which humans tend to have naturally, independently of the influence of culture.” – Wikipedia

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The first consideration in human nature lies in the statement “…which humans tend to have naturally”. Furthermore, expanding on this statement would involve considering the chain of factors leading up to what we call a habit. The “human nature=nature=laws of nature=physical laws=phenomenon” sequence is an almost never-ending chain of definitions. Moreover, I felt that this sequence was accurate to use after reading the information on Wikipedia. Therefore, we could consider this pattern a prelude to habitual behavior.

The last link in this sequence chain (phenomenon) is defined as follows: “A phenomenon (Greek: φαινόμενoν, phainomenon, from the verb φαίνειν, phainein, to show, shine, appear, to be manifest or manifest itself, plural phenomena), [1] is anything which manifests itself. Phenomena are often, but not always, understood as “things that appear” or “experiences” for a sentient being, or in principle may be so.” –  Wikipedia

So, you may be asking how this relates to a conditioning element in our existence called “a habit”. Let’s consider the following insight.

Routine becomes Habit

“The questions of what these characteristics are, how fixed they are, and what causes them are amongst the oldest and most important questions in western philosophy. These questions have particularly important implications in ethics, politics, and theology. This is partly because human nature can be regarded as both a source of norms of conduct or ways of life, as well as presenting obstacles or constraints on living a good life. The complex implications of such questions are also dealt with in art and literature, while the multiple branches of the humanities together form an important domain of inquiry into human nature and into the question of what it is to be human.” Wikipedia

My question is simply. It is in reference to human nature. Have habits, generally speaking, become the foundation for our existence on a personal and collective level?

Let us first read what Wikipedia offers about this topic. “A habit (or wont) is a routine of behavior that is repeated regularly and tends to occur unconsciously.” This definition is expanded with the following statement: ” In the American Journal of Psychology (1903) it is defined in this way: “A habit, from the standpoint of psychology, is a more or less fixed way of thinking, willing, or feeling acquired through previous repetition of a mental experience.

Habit becomes Conditioned Behavior

Therefore, a habit derives from mental experiences. Constant conditioned mental activities sustain this behavior. Furthermore, it thrives in a field of unconscious repetitious behavior. This list is long. These habits are complex and integrated into the background of our existence. Obvious habits are eating too much, smoking, drinking alcohol etc. Which habits are not so obvious; a belief, fear, assuming, religions and many social behaviors are a few. No of which, suggest a level of conscious awareness.

We are on the threshold of experiencing a level of object consciousness that will require changes in our human nature. This expanded form consciousness will allow us to unite more directly with universal or life consciousness. How and if this will happen is not only a question of individual conscious growth; but also, a question of collective consciousness growth. This universal life energy is flowing. Do you sense it? Can you feel the vibration? Tune into it and everything will change.

Best wishes

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Take a break and allow the below meditation exercise to awaken you consciously.

 

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