by Amit Sood, M.D.
I am in a hurry when I am getting late. I am in a hurry when I am on time. I find myself hurrying even when I am before time. Hurry for me has become a habit.
Habits are pre-programmed behaviors that once launched (by a cue that initiates them), need little or no conscious effort. This effortlessness is addictive. It pulls us in the habit whirlpool. While a few habits are essential, an entire day lived dominated by habits is one more day lived unconsciously. Hurry is an addictive toxic habit.
A mind in hurry, hurries past the present. When hurry becomes my habit, I bypass savoring. I also bypass kindness.
We should shed the hurry habit, particularly when it isn’t needed and swap it for savoring and kindness habit. Once you focus on savoring and kindness, you’ll start fully inhabiting each unborn moment. You’ll create more joy, for others and yourself.
Prioritize savoring and kindness over speed.
Shed the hurry habit, and swap it for savoring and kindness.
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Amit Sood, M.D. is Professor of Medicine, Director of Research and Practice in the Mayo Clinic Complimentary and Integrative Medicine Program, and Chair of the Mayo Mind-Body Initiative. Read more of from Dr. Sood's blog stressfree.org here .