The Power of Habit
Habits form the moment we decide to think or act. Every action we perform becomes more efficient, every thought more easily stirred, therefore it’s worthwhile being fully present at that critical moment where our Will emerges; Sorting the Coarse from the subtle, as Hermes once said. Psychologist Charles Duhigg has this to say,
Habits create neurological cravings. Most of the time, these cravings emerge so gradually that we’re not really aware they exist, so we’re often blind to their influence. But as we associate cues with certain rewards, a subconscious craving emerges in our brains that starts the habit loop spinning.
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
by Charles Duhigg
Habit is an ugly term, for what could better be named Learning Pattern [amended as per comment], which it’s self has made mankind what we are. The Secret to Liberation, so they say is enigmatically put thus:
The art of balancing forces so as to keep movement in equilibrium.
We are ever battling with Spontaneity and Habit, Imagination and Memory. So the secret in this context is to achieve spontaneity [through mindfulness] during the day, and Learning through nighttime reflection. Or as it is put in Freemasonry:
The Worshipful Master rules and governs his ‘lodge’ as truly as the Sun and Moon rule the day and night.