Keystone habits and mindfulness/meditation

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In this webinar, Jussi first talks about habits – in particular keystone habits. They can be any habit that helps to support other habits – either to create new ones or to sustain existing ones.

Keystone habits can be good just on their own, but the added benefit comes from the way they support other habits. Some possible good keystone habits are exercise, mindfulness or meditation, goal setting, keeping a diary (to track your progress), or writing a daily gratitude journal. There are many others, you just need to find your own. Discover something that works for you personally, as everybody is different. And the more enjoyable your personal keystone habit is, the easier it will be to develop and maintain!

Mindfulness and meditation as keystone habits

The second half of the webinar is about mindfulness/meditation. Jussi talks about the basics about what mindfulness and meditation are (and are not). He has some tips on how to get started with a daily meditation practice – which is his personal keystone habit.

The ideal way to get started with meditation is to find a local group you can attend. If they are any good, they will teach you the basics, and help with any questions you may have. If finding a group to attend is not possible for you for whatever reason, there are also good apps, recordings, and podcasts available online.

It can be difficult to start and keep going with a daily mindfulness practice, but you will probably see some benefits quickly too. An important one is with our drinking habits. Mindfulness can really help in noticing any discomfort or strong emotion that could lead to reaching for an alcoholic drink; stopping for  a moment, and doing something else instead.

This is the book, Hardcore Zen by Brad Warner, that is briefly mentioned on the webinar.


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