“This thoroughly practical book is also a profound exploration of freedom and choice. Drawing on recent science about ‘rewiring’ the brain, it explains how to become free of harmful habits of eating, drinking, speaking, and reacting. And with the gentle guidance of a senior mindfulness teacher, this process of coming home to oneself and becoming again someone who truly chooses…feels soulful, nurturing, and heartfelt. A lovely, important book.” — Rick Hanson, author of Resilient
“The good thing about habits is, through awareness, we can change them—for the better! In this witty and practical guide, Hugh Byrne shows us how to work with our mind in ways that swap bad habits for more honesty, intimacy, and harmony in our day-to-day lives. An intentional guide for those wanting to live a more mindful life.” — Ruth King, Insight Meditation teacher and author of The Emotional Wisdom Cards and Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out
“These are essential and liberating tools to transform habits—practical, simple, and wise.” — Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart
“If you can bring your habitual patterns of thinking and acting into an accepting, kind, and mindful presence, you have the key to happiness and peace. Hugh Byrne’s brilliant new book on habits guides you in this pathway, applying mindfulness to some of our most difficult, persistent, and unhealthy habits. Please read and share with others…these teachings are a gift to all who seek inner freedom.” — Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance and Radical Compassion
“The foundation of Habit Swap is that an untrained mind is the root cause of our suffering, and that the untrained mind almost always functions on autopilot or in a state of unawareness. Through his thorough exploration of mindfulness practices, Byrne shows how to lift the veil of unawareness to make what was invisible visible, leading to happiness and a sense of who we really are.” — Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness
Hugh G. Byrne, PhD, is a senior teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW), and cofounder of the Mindfulness Training Institute of Washington. He has worked extensively in the fields of human rights and social justice, and is committed to advocating the benefits of mindfulness and other contemplative practices to help relieve the suffering of the world. Byrne teaches classes, retreats, and workshops in the United States and internationally. He resides in Silver Spring, MD.