My Enlightened Delights


To enjoy good health,
to bring true happiness to one’s family,
to bring peace to all,
one must first discipline and control one’s own mind.
If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment,
and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.
— Buddha

The Mindful Diet Days 16-18


Week 3: Replace Old Vices with New Routines

days 16-18: Figure out the cue.

When you crave that cookie, is it because you’re hungry? Bored? Feel like you need a break before diving into another task? Experiments have shown that almost all cues that prompt habits fall into one of five categories: location (working at a desk, driving to work, sitting on the couch), time (3 o’clock slump, 11 p.m. munchies), emotional state (sad, bored, stressed), other people (friends, partners, co-workers), and the action that immediately preceded the urge (finished a task, TV show ended, tough phone call). The moment your bad-habit urge hits you, write down what’s happening in these five areas. After three days, it should be clear what’s triggering your habitual response.


For this task I made a little log in my iphone's notes to keep track of the five categories mentioned in the article: location, time, emotional state, other people, and the action immediately preceded by the urge.