Creating a New Habit

Behavioral patterns are considered habits when they meet the criteria laid out in the well-known habit loop: (1) trigger, (2) recurring behavior (the habit itself), and (3) reward. The trigger prompts the habit to occur pretty much subconsciously. It can be a regular time, circumstance, location, emotional event, smell, sound, or anything else you associate with the habit. The reward is a payoff you desire. Rewards are often an emotional response, like feeling elated when you complete your morning exercise or pleasure from a bite of chocolate. A reward can also be the opposite, an escape from emotion, such as that achieved from consuming too much alcohol. Continue reading

Letting Go: The Box of Dead Things

Letting Go: The Box of Dead Things

Tools help get jobs done. Hammers, wrenches, and drills improve on what we can do with our hands. Pipes, crosses, and rosaries help us focus to connect with something bigger than ourselves. When it came to letting go of things that no longer served me, I wanted a tool to help me remove them. And, thus, the Box of Dead Things came to be. Continue reading

How Animals Communicate

How Animals Communicate

Animals have long been studied and their attributes noted, copied, and relied on. Because each animal is associated with certain traits, these can be used to give us guidance. In my experience, there are two ways to know when an animal is communicating to you: Either they show up unexpectedly or they have established themselves as a regular communicator. Continue reading

Using Seasonal Energy to Let Go (October, November, December)

Using Seasonal Energy to Let Go (October, November, December)

I combined the last three months into one entry to conclude this series, Using Seasonal Energy to Let Go. I did this because October, November, and December share energies with previous months. Continue reading