“Designers have to resist habituation in order to be transcendentally successful. They have to build in a pregnant pause and ask themselves questions about the status quo. They have to have beginner’s minds. They have to wonder, as they reach for their toothbrush and toothpaste: Is this the best shape for a container filled with paste? Is this the best material for bristles? Is this the right sized handle? In short, a designer has to constantly resist settling for … ‘Because we’ve always done it this way.’ … [and] I don’t think it’s just great designers that have an awareness of how their own habits dull their capacity to be creative, to invent, to expect more … it’s great humans that do. One of my favorite mantras in the Buddhist tradition is, ‘May I see what I do. May I do it differently. May I make this a way of life.’ …Habits are part of what makes our lives livable. [but]…When we get too attached to these habits, we risk losing our sense of wonder and our potential for the catalytic experience. When we get too comfortable, we risk falling asleep on the job — the job being living an awake life. So it has me thinking: what are the habits that I need to or, better yet, want to shed? What are the habits filled with pleasure, the ones that make me feel grounded and capable of diving back into the fray of my busy life; in contrast, what are the habits that dull me? …My biggest ambitions to resist habituation are rooted in my relationships. I want to be less dutiful. I want to pause before I get busy anticipating everyone else’s needs and making sure that no one suffers or fights. My wiser self knows that both can lead to transformation. …I want to spend less time on guilt and more on joy. I want to choose my choices.” Courtney Martin
“not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing.” Hebrews 10:25
Moving From Head to Heart
- Which of your habits bring you life? Which dull you?
- Can you develop a mantra to help you “resist habituation?” … to be “transcendentally successful?”
- How can you harness the power of habituation for spiritual transformation?
Abba, may I see what I do, do it differently, and make this a way of life.
For More: “The Pregnant Pause” by Courtney Martin
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Hi Courtney, For reasons my technologically challenged mindI doesn’t understand, I haven’t been getting notification of your post. i didn’t even know this one existed. I happened upon this lovely post on “the pregnant pause” after posting “A Blogger’s Dilemma – Words and Silence” this morning. So glad to be in touch again with the Bluebird. I’ve missed her!
Hi Gordon, you still haven’t connected with your friend Courtney. I only used her writing as the heart of my blog.