The Here-and-Now Habit

The Here-and-Now-Habit book by Hugh ByrneHabits—the ways we regularly think, feel and act—flow on super-efficient pathways in the brain formed by their repetition over time. Similar to automatic reflexes, habit patterns handle nearly half of our daily activities, from brushing our teeth to driving a car. While some of these habits are necessary and helpful, some are unhealthy and even harmful.

“The Here-and-Now Habit: How Mindfulness Can Help You Break Unhealthy Habits Once and for All” (New Harbinger, March 2016) is a guide for creating healthier ways of living. Filled with evidence-based techniques and the neuroscience behind them, I draw upon my personal experience and that of many students to apply mindfulness practice directly to habit change. Mindfulness is a natural antidote to unconscious and automatic habits.

Included in my book:

  • Habit patterns around food and other substances, internet and social media use, negative thinking and reactive behavior under stress
  • Understanding the four main types: wanting, distraction, resisting and doing
  • Mindfulness basics linked with the science of neuroplasticity and habit change
  • In-depth skills training for setting intention, cultivating self-compassion, paying attention non-judgmentally, shifting focus from narrating to experiencing, untangling habitual thoughts and emotional reactions and mindful communication in relationships
  • 14 downloadable, bonus audio tracks of mindfulness meditations for habit change

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What people are saying about “The Here-and-Now Habit”

A wonderful thing about ‘The Here-and-Now Habit’ is that it not only tells you that you can change, it tells you how to actually do it. Hugh Byrne brings together contemporary science, ancient teachings and his own experience to help his readers learn to suffer less by changing unskillful habits—what a generous gift!”
Sharon Salzberg, author of “Lovingkindness” and “Real Happiness”

Practical and profound, this book shows how to use modern neuroscience combined with ancient wisdom to end harmful habits and grow helpful ones. With brief doable exercises, hopeful perspectives, concrete examples and friendly support, Hugh Byrne offers both freedom from old stuckness and the cultivation of a strong and happy heart.”
Rick Hanson, Ph.D., author of “Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom”

What you will appreciate in this simple yet profound book is that all of life is habit. Just as we have developed habits over time, we can exchange, improve and transform habits through understanding and mindfulness practices. This refreshing read offers guidance that nurtures our capacity to be present and to cultivate a quality of awareness crucial to transcending habitual reactivity, conflict and harm. A must-read for those willing to witness their lives and to deepen personal and relational well-being.”
Ruth King, author, “Healing Rage” and “Mindful of Race”

Hugh Byrne’s book ‘The Here-and-Now Habit’ is one of the best books I know on learning how to apply mindfulness to our everyday life. There are many books on mindfulness. The unique thing about Hugh’s book is that he clarifies the meeting place of mindfulness and the formation of habits. This is the book I would recommend for those who want to use mindfulness to change unhealthy habits and create healthier ones.”
Loch Kelly, author of “Shift Into Freedom: The Science and Practice of Open-Hearted Awareness”

If you want to change your habits and become happier and more free, try the practical mindfulness and wise instruction of ‘The Here-and-Now Habit.’”
Jack Kornfield, author of “A Path With Heart”

‘The Here-and-Now Habit: How Mindfulness Can Help You Break Unhealthy Habits Once and For All’ weaves together the rigor of science and the wisdom of mindfulness to help illuminate best practices to support the cultivation of healthy habits and the release of unskillful ones. Hugh Byrne draws on decades of personal meditation practice to offer us an illuminating work that welcomes a new way of living that has the power to transform our individual and collective lives.”
Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D., co-author of “The Art and Science of Mindfulness”