What is the right way to live? How do I balance my work and my family? Why do I worry, even when everything is okay? How can I repair my relationship with my parents? Each of the Answers from the Heart is a concise summary of Thich Nhat Hanh’s own insight based on his lifetime of practice. Together, the questions and answers provide a useful guide for dealing with concrete problems, an accessible way into Buddhist teachings, and a lively glimpse into the connection between students and their teacher.
How do we become aware and change unconscious destructive habit energy?
Thich Nhat Hanh’s reply: The habit energy always tries to emerge, to show itself. And if you are mindful, you recognize it. Suppose you have received the habit energy of getting into the state of being in a hurry while doing things like shopping or cooking. With mindfulness you recognize that you…you are in a hurry mood, you try to finish quickly. And thanks to mindfulness, you know that the energy of being in a hurry has manifested itself. So you breathe in and out mindfully, and you say that…”My dear habit energy, you are there, I know.” So you recognize it. And as soon as you recognize it, it will lose its strength. And you become relaxed again.