This is a tough one.
Often times, our habits are unconscious.
Raising our own awareness enables us to view ourselves from new perspectives.
Getting to know ourselves on deeper and shallower levels.
Opportunities for better understanding and acceptance.
So I guess I see it like there’s always an exchange of energy in motion.
If we remove, say one bad habit, like an addictive substance from our diet-routine for example, we are creating a void.
Nature abhors a vacuum and will seek to fill that space, so to exercise more influence over what that becomes, replace this ‘bad’ habit with an accompanying ‘good’ habit.
Offer yourself something to focus on and send your attention to while withdrawing.
30 seconds to two minutes is sufficient to overcoming a withdrawal.
Bring your attention to the present moment and sharpen each sense to your immediate surroundings.
Breathe through the withdrawal—return your focus to the breath.
Discover new outlets for release.
Imagine stored energetic tension, housed in various parts of your body.
Exploring the origins of this can help heal and open pathways.
I personally believe there must be a deep-seated willingness to overcome a struggle.
We know what’s harming us, on some level.
Listen to that inner voice that whispers careful guidance.
Face your adversary.
Stop identifying with it.
Shift your perspective elsewhere—toward reinforcing a new habit.
Come to terms with who’s helping you and who wishes to hold you back, in their comfort zone.
These acts are often subconscious behavioral mechanisms beyond the control of its messenger.
Misery loves company.
A happy alcoholic is a paradox.
Nothing but a cheap facade, masking deep, inner sorrow and tremendous pain.
Until I chose sobriety, I had no idea how depressed I’d been—the happy, social-butterfly alcoholic.
The face of addiction is ugly and insidious—affecting generation after generation of people having a propensity for some degree of addictive personality disorder.
When I began to actively change my behaviors, I sought professional help in the form of alternative therapies.
- Quantum biofeedback therapy
- Cranial Sacral therapy
All of which have helped tremendously.
Walking really helps me ground and my element is air, so it’s always beneficial to be outdoors—long walkabouts always rejuvenate my senses and body’s overall awareness.
Subtle measures go a long way.
We’re focused on lifestyle changes, so it requires change to our daily routine.
But, I’ve allowed myself the span of years for some changes to take hold.
Sometimes, there’s no shortcut to overcoming a personal handicap.
Through whatever depths necessary it takes to unearth that trauma.
Diligence pays off.
Sacrifice seems essential.
Forgiveness ultimately heals all wounds.
Scars are reminders of battles fought and won or lost.
For me, I finally realized that I was identifying with a particular substance, only after fasting from it.
After gaining clarity through sobriety, I’m able to express more of my true nature—learning to accept my complete self over time.
Often times, this can conflict with the people we’ve traditionally been comfortable around.
I’ve let many relationships go to the wayside, because I could no longer identify with the environments that had propagated my addiction(s) or ailments.
I had to walk away—from people, places and things.
Someone once challenged me when they asked what I was running from.
I argued his point of view.
What I’m getting at is whatever our affliction, it will come up no matter how far we run from or to.
My solution remains the same today, that we must face our own predicament.
This is part of our life’s work.
Even the most put-together people have conflicting personal struggles, very likely hidden away from those closest to them.
Make no mistake, that every living embodiment faces their own, equal struggle with life and Nature every waking and dying moment.