All these old habits
You trot them out thoughtlessly
But what if you don’t?

About Ben Naga

The Spirit that graces me with its passing has no name and stems not from thoughts and words, though it gathers them up as it flows, but from feeling.

Posted on September 21, 2013, in Poetry, Senryu, Writing and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Old habits are hard to break…..But I promise you, I won’t ever ever write about huge cops again.



  2. If you’re a little OCD like I am, you think the world will end. Well, not quite that bad – I do try to shake things up once in awhile to see what’ll happen. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But seriously (wait, I WAS being serious) – no, SUPER seriously – we need to break our own molds now and then if we’re going to grow.


    • I meant here to point to the absence of mindfulness, rather than the repetition. I find structure (I prefer to view it as that rather than OCD ๐Ÿ™‚ ) to be very helpful, and have no trouble combining it with attention.; in fact they work quite well together. On the other hand, occasionally suspending/reviewing a habit aids one in coming awake when in danger of drowsing through life: an ever present danger. ๐Ÿ™‚


      • Ah! I see your point, Ben. Yes, habit and attention can (and should) go hand in hand – a constant meditation. Doing the dishes, walking to the mailbox – all those little mundane habits become a sacred ritual when mindfulness is there.

        As for OCD, it’s often missing structure or purpose – like the need to count buttons on someone’s sweater, or line up books perfectly with the coffee table edge. Ack!! Useless habits (no matter how mindful) but compulsive nonetheless and hard to break. (Have you ever watched “Monk”? He’s an extreme and humorous case, of course. I’m just mildly OCD, but can relate! ๐Ÿ™‚ )

        And now I have the compulsion to eat a piece of chocolate – which I’ll do so, very mindfully. A GOOD habit! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€


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