Habit or Habitual?
What is the difference between a habit and being habitual? My version is something like this; A habit is something we know we are doing (conscious) and habitual implies we simply keep doing it (unconsciously). I have a habit of brushing my teeth (conscious) and I find I habitually place my tongue on the roof of my mouth (unconscious). So then, what is the running (unconscious pattern) which occurs? When are you aware of your runnings? I began using the tongue on the roof of the mouth as a taoist practice called the microcosmic orbit. Â When I recently certified to teach Qigong, I found this habit with the tongue was now habitual. Â I was doing it all the time! Â Sometimes this seems so simple and yet there is an astounding complexity between our awareness around habits and that which seems habitual. Â It had to start somewhere and maybe it’s not a habit until it overwhelms you or someone else brings it to your attention that we become aware.