For me, the process of freeing the mind of habit patterns is an ongoing search. I find one habit pattern, and dissolve it, and expose another. Even when I am fully awake, in the mornings I find myself moving on automatic, making the first cup of coffee, sitting on the couch drinking it, looking at the birds. New habits seem to form as easily as I set old ones aside, automatisms seem to remain.
So my question is, is it even possible to free the mind of its habits? I had this vision in my mind, of a beautiful clear expanse of mindful attention, without automatisms, loosely held, choices made in the moment. I’m beginning to very much doubt that it is possible. There always seem to be certain defaults to which I return, inflection points around certain minima in the effort-reward curves of my life.
Keeping the mind flexible, creative, joyous seems to be as much as one can hope for.