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  • Writer's pictureLiz Sterling

Retrain Your Brain

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quote on habit spoke to me loudly. He wrote, ”Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.” Let’s focus on the line, “Sow a habit and you reap a character.”

Habits develop over time. Some habits are good and productive. Others are not. The problematic ones are often unconscious. They are the routines of behavior that “set” like Jello in a mold. They are neither indigenous to our nature nor mandatory. Once we become aware of a habit, if we choose, we can change it.

If indeed our habits become our character, it behooves us to understand how they have been formed and how they become so influential in our lives.

What are some of your habits? Do you crack your knuckles, squint when reading, wake up and grab your phone looking for texts? Spend hours on social media?

Habits can be hard to break because the behavioral patterns we repeat are imprinted in our neural pathways. That’s where awareness enters the field of possibility.

It’s a new year and a great time to make new choices.

Begin by observing yourself with the clear intention of uncovering a habit that no longer serves you. Habits are repetitive and can be part of your routine. Identify the habit you are willing to change. Look for the triggers that set it off. Enter into this practice knowing your brain has enormous plasticity that allows you to Retrain Your Brain!!!

Sow a habit and reap character — sow a character and you’ll feel real good.

Women's Wisdom Circle

Wednesday, January 8th 10:30 AM - 12 Noon

This week's topic: Is It A Friendly Universe ?

Levis JCC Sandler Center, Boca Raton

Membership is not required. $13 payable at the door.

21050 95th Ave S, Boca Raton, FL 33428


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