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INSPIRE #232: How to Break Unhealthy Habits Once & For All! + Guided Meditation!

Hugh Byrne PhD Shares How To Be Here and Now by Breaking Unhealthy Habits Once & For All Thru Mindfulness. Learn How to Move Past Suffering, Negative Emotions & Fear. Plus Guided Meditation!

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If you’ve ever struggled with bad habits, unhealthy habits, or patterns you know don’t serve you well, or others around you, then do we have the habit-changing show for you!

Today I’ll be talking with Hugh Byrne, PhD, a guiding teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, a mindfulness meditator for over 30 years, and the author of The Here-and-Now Habit: How Mindfulness Can Help You Break Unhealthy Habits Once and for All.

Today we’ll talk about mindfully breaking habits, how to begin, how to catch them, how to rewire, and what to do to keep them from coming back.

That plus we’ll talk about surfing urges, painted tigers, pick pockets, blowing your horn in traffic, and why if you want to get to Newcastle, you wouldn’t start from here.

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Hugh Byrne, PhD is a guiding teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, has practiced mindfulness meditation for thirty years and been teaching since 2000. He trained with Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, and other senior Insight Meditation teachers. Hugh teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and completed training in Somatic Experiencing, a mind-body approach to healing trauma.

Hugh has a law degree from London University and a Ph.D. from UCLA, has worked for many years in human rights. He is the author of The Here-and-Now Habit: How Mindfulness Can Help You Break Unhealthy Habits Once and for All. He teaches classes and retreats in the Washington, DC, and internationally.



Hugh G. Byrne, PhD Online: Website | Facebook | Twitter 

Key Topics:

  • How he began mindful meditation in the mid-80’s.
  • First read The Way of Zen by Alan Watts.
  • How he had an opening up experience many years ago.
  • How his meditation practice got started
  • Why 1/3 to ½ of all behaviors are habits
  • What exactly are habits?
  • Daniel Kahneman, Thinking Fast and Slow – System 1, when a brain takes behaviors and puts them on a fast-track…they’re not intentional anymore, and why that’s important to us.
  • How do we identify habits that are going on without realizing it.
  • Why studies in brain science show mindfulness can literally change the rewiring of the brain
  • How mindfulness can distress the amygdala or lizard-like part of the brain
  • What researchers call a positive dominos effect.
  • What is suffering, what ties us to suffering, and how do we let go of suffering?
  • What’s the habit of doing?
  • What does it mean to ‘lean into’
  • Why wanting too much gets in the way of getting what we want.
  • What Tibetan teacher Chogyam Trungpa and what is freedom.
  • What are ways to bring us back into the present moment?
  • What’s an anchor and how do we use it?
  • Great mantras for being present
  • How to surf the energy of your emotions (also discussed in Dzogdchen Ponlop Rinpoche interview)
  • What drives our unhealthy habits and how to ferret out our underlying beliefs
  • What’s the importance of self-compassion.
  • What are 3 questions to bring mindfulness to any situation?
  • Advice for parents to bring mindfulness to your children
  • If people are starting meditating, how long is good to start with on a daily basis?
  • What’s a meditation notebook?

Related Podcasts:

INSPIRE #225: How to Transform Pain & Suffering into Creative Energy!!! (Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, “Emotional Rescue”)

INSPIRE #173: How to Achieve Personal Excellence without Adding to Your Schedule! + Guided Meditation (Matt Tenney, “The Mindfulness Edge”)

How to Easily Use Mindfulness for Greater Inner Peace & Happiness (Joseph Emet)


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