Our brains learn by repetition. When we repeat something, it is memorized within the electrical activity in the brain. Since typing has become hardwired in my brain, I am able to type quickly and effortlessly. In addition to activity, behavior can be memorized as well. Although my mind can learn how to type, or dance, it can also learn self-sabotage, defensiveness, and fear.
One of the first things a hungry baby learns is that crying somehow gets them fed. While some learned behavior perpetuates survival, if not updated, some learned behavior can get you thrown out of a restaurant.
Stepping Up For Myself
I did not control the circumstances that lent themselves to the programming that took place during my formative years. I am, however, responsible for that programming today. The good news is that I possess the power to deprogram. I have the power to break the pattern in which my reactions fire, and turn me into a puppet of resistance and misunderstanding.
Changing our programming creates the authentic, permanent changes that we work so hard to attain in our lives. Changing my programming can also be described as the making or breaking of a habit. For anyone who has ever tried to make or break a habit, you know that that can be a task that requires repetitious, consistent effort, and often much patience.
Memorized behavior is a byproduct of living life submersed in thought.
Cut The Strings
Memorized behavior is a byproduct of living life submersed in thought. Updating, or deleting unnecessary memorized behavior, must begin with this one step, this one habit, this one practice. I must begin to develop the skill of witnessing my thoughts. Witnessing them as if someone else had just said them. Witnessing them as an eyewitness. This gives me a fighting chance, and the ability to discard all thought that does not serve me. Are you REACTING to life from memorized behavior, or are you RESPONDING to life outside of the self-made identity?
I can’t put out a fire if I don’t know where it is. Today I will notice my thoughts.