Personal reflections, random thoughts, mostly but not exclusively and unintentionally related to Buddhism and the spiritual path.
More specifically, a lot of what is written here is influenced by my practice of Vipassana meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka.
Sunday, February 08, 2015
I was having a day where I was zoning out infront of my computer,
watching various shows and movies.
During these days I typically think, well it doesn't seem realistic
that I would stop watching videos for an hour and do something productive,
so no sense in trying.
Inspired by how BJ Fogg talks about tiny habits,
I thought.. well what can I do that would be positive and fun?
I tried to follow Fogg's formula of trigger->desired-action->reward.
I decided, each time I come back to the couch after getting something to eat (trigger),
I'll pause the video for 5 seconds and do a mini-breath awareness meditation(desired action), and then say to myself `I'm awesome!' (reward)
Then I thought , well maybe each time I have the thought that I should stop watching this stuff
I'll do this 5 seconds pause and say `I'm awesome'.
I think I ended up doing 9-10 of these 5 seconds pauses during that evening.
I still wasted most of it.
I do think though that my mood the morning after was better than average after these zoning out days,
and I think it had to do with these 5 second mindfulness breaks