Breaking Patterns: How To Live With Novelty

“Breaking Patterns: How To Live With Novelty” was written by guest contributor, Samuel Kronen.

Human beings are creatures of habit, as the old mantra goes. We so effortlessly adapt to a particular pattern and unconsciously stick with that pattern. Our greatest virtue is that of ‘tendency’, the inclination to give in to a certain trend of being.

That being said, there remains a bit of breathing room reserved for the evocation of novelty. Even amidst a life of habit there can still be space for newness, freshness, and a deep sense of aliveness, and we’d like to delve into how we might bring about such a state.

Firstly, what is the nature of habit?

Habit is instilled in us so as to have a certain amount of structure in our lives. We need order. We need a certain amount of consistency and regulation.

Habit is the very nature of thought, for thought is a mechanism in place so as to give us a greater sense of control over our lives. We like control, and control always walks hand in hand with sameness.

We crave sameness, predictability, because it doesn’t expose us to the unknown, which is a major source of fear. We fear the unknown, and in that we cling to the known.

In essence, habit is merely an attachment to that which is known.

Where does the problem lie?

This becomes problematic when habit is made into the benchmark of our perception. To be confined to the realm of habit is to be entirely without a sense of newness. When we live only according to the movement of our thoughts, which again is the very root of our habitual nature, then we cannot abide in a state of novelty.

When our lives become totally patternized, purely products of tendency and arrangement, then we lose our innate zest for existence. Life ceases to have much flavor. Here, there is no room for newness. There can be no sense of vast possibility and openness.

We lose our sense of purpose and meaning when we are disconnected from novelty.

How might we open the door to novelty?

The door to novelty is opened through the embodying of immediate experience.

When the entirety of our attention is directed upon the now, the felt immediacy of the present moment, only then can we give way to a sense of newness, an ongoing freshness of perception. Thought is that which evokes habit, and therein it is only in stepping outside of our thoughts that we may move towards novelty.

We do this through coming to be aligned with experience as such, for when we are in tune with pure sensation, pure experience, pure happening-ness, then we cease to be confined to the thinking mind.

Sink into pure feeling with every breath.

Allow every movement to be guided by the breath, for when we are connected with the breath we are invariably aligned with the present moment, and herein we live in a state of novelty.

This quality of novelty is so absolutely essential to human experience. We cannot live a full life when we are constrained by habit. As long as we remain imprisoned by patterns and tendencies we cannot be truly fulfilled, and is this not the essence of our existence?

(To read more of Samuel’s beautiful essays, click here)

To live a life of novelty is to abide in the beautiful mystery of the universe. This comes with a longstanding sense of zest and vigor through one’s movements.

Here there is love. Here there is flavor. Here there is power.

So, it is necessary that we free ourselves of our habitual nature and move into novelty. It is necessary to the cultivation of our relationships, to the optimizing of our performance, and most essentially to the enhancing of the very quality of our lives.


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About the Author: Samuel Kronen is a young writer, spiritual entrepreneur, and warrior of the soul whose life work is comprised of the pursuing of higher consciousness and the propagating of love and compassion on a collective level. You can also reach him directly via at sjkronen @ gmail (dot) com. 

Image Source: Cameron Gray, Parable Visions


  • Milos
    Posted January 16, 2017 12:52 pm 0Likes

    I was reading some time ago idea, that habits are like software running in our mind. It can serve us, if we maintain habits which are really helping us, or it can keep our life in the state what we do not really enjoy. It is only our choice. It is like autopilot in airplanes. His main purpose is to decrease mental workload of pilots, so they have time and energy for determining non standard situations if exists.

    I would even say, that habits are using better source of life energy, because If I am doing something with strong conscious focus, I am tired much faster, as if I am doing something “on autopilot”. I remember when I was learning driving car. I was exhausted after 2 hour driving lesson. Right now 2 hour driving is for me nothing, it is almost mental relaxation.

  • Andrea Schulman
    Posted January 16, 2017 1:45 pm 0Likes

    That’s an interesting observation Milos. I would say I agree that habits have the potential to make things easier. <3

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