CONDITIONING AND HABITS THAT BLOCK MINDFULNESS
As we grow up, become socialized, and learn to function in society, we learn certain patterns of thought and interpretation that seem to work for us. The aggregate process of acquiring and internalizing these habits, of shaping ourselves to get what we want in our lives, we can call conditioning.
Over time our patterns become embedded as habits: automatic ways of processing information, interpreting what we see and hear, and making decisions about how to respond to life’s events. Like fingerprints, our individual patterns of habits are unique. They are as varied as the world’s cultures, families, and individuals; the aggregate of these patterns we call personality.
Habits, or conditioned patterns ...