“We’re mired deep in what the Greeks called “akrasia”: deciding on the best course of action, then doing something else. The way round this, says Newby-Clark and others, is to see that habits are responses to needs. This sounds obvious, but countless efforts at habit change ignore its implications. If you eat badly, you might resolve to start eating well, but if you’re eating burgers and ice-cream to feel comforted, relaxed and happy, trying to replace them with broccoli and carrot juice is like dealing with a leaky bathroom tap by repainting the kitchen.”
What need is busyness meeting your life? A walk holding this question may give some stillness today. Then come back and read the excellent article we quote above – it explains a complex idea in an informed and easily understandable way.
This Daily Stillness has been recycled from previously published ones:
• #tds348 Mired in akrasia? (Jun 12, 2016)