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A Technique to Overcome Addictions

A Technique to Overcome Addictions

Addiction is the no. 1 disease of civilization, and it’s directly and indirectly related to all other diseases. Besides physical addictions, such as the addiction to food, tobacco, alcohol, and drugs, there are psychological addictions, such as the addiction to work, to sex, to television, to shopping, to appearing young, to control, to suffering, to anxiety, to melodrama, to perfection.

Why are we addicted to all these things? We are addicted because we are not living from source; we have our connection to our soul. The use of food, alcohol, or drugs is essentially a material response to a need that is not really physical at its foundation. What we are looking for is pure joy rather than mere sensation. Self-destructive behavior is unrecognized spiritual craving. All addictions are really a search for the exultation of spirit, and this search has to do with the expansion of consciousness, the intoxication of love, which is pure consciousness.

Over and over, people have tried to overcome their addictions through psychological and behavioral methods or through medication. None of these offers a permanent cure. The only cure for addiction is spiritual. We hunger for the ecstatic experience, which is a need as basic as the need for food, water, or shelter. Ecstasy literally means stepping out. True ecstasy is stepping out of the bondage of the time-bound, space-bound world of materialism. We long to step out of the limitations of the body. We long to be free of fear and limitation. We hunger for the oblivion of our ego so that we can experience our infinite being.

Start today to transcend your addictive behaviors by observing them without judgement. Wake every day with a prayer: “Thank you God, for making me just as I am,” and then observe yourself. Be a witness to your thoughts, your moods, your reactions, your behaviors. They represent your memories of the past, and by witnessing them in the present, you liberate yourself of the past.

By observing your addictive behaviors, you observe your conditioning. And when you observe your conditioning, you are free of it, because you are not your conditioning; you are the observer of your conditioning.

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Adapted from Power, Freedom, and Grace, by Deepak Chopra (Amber-Allen Publishing 2006).

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Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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3:23AM PDT on May 6, 2013

Wonderful article. Thanks for sharing.

1:52AM PST on Mar 10, 2013

Thank you :)

3:01AM PST on Feb 25, 2013

Sounds good...........thanks!

7:27AM PDT on Oct 22, 2012

Thanks for the article. Sometimes that is easier said than done.

3:54AM PDT on Jul 22, 2012


8:36AM PDT on Jul 13, 2012

Thanks for the reminder. I do beleive being more in touch with your spirituality, feeds the hunger in your soul and helps with addictive behaviour.

7:50PM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

Very interesting way of looking at it! ;)

8:52AM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

This quote is a good one to keep in mind:
"Follow your heart, but take your brain with you."

We have to 'think' carefully in this complicated world. Even those who attest their care for us can cause us harm. Sometimes intentionally, but usually, we can assume that there are just too many facts to calculate. Our ability to evaluate every situation and circumstance is limited. Keep in mind that not everyone has our best interest as their primary goal. It is a treacherous world we navigate. However, compassion goes a long way,... And knowledge is power. The balance is wisdom.

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2:40AM PDT on Jul 11, 2012

Thanks for another great article.

9:25PM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

Although it is true each person is her/his own healer and yes the bulk of the work is up to each individual, but there is nothing wrong with getting guidance & support through a knowledgeable, experienced wise spiritual worker.
Lots of people who suffer severe addiction didn't get the right support as children, and experimenting that nurturing support as an adult is very valuable !

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