When You Have Broken Addictions or Bad Habits in the Past, What Methods Worked Best for You?

  • How can you apply those methods to letting go of your current petty desires?

 

Almost every time I step into a hotel room and see that big LCD TV screen looming before me, I yearn to cozy up and lose my consciousness in a good movie. During a film, I don’t have to think. I can be unconscious. I can turn my brain off yet experience pleasure. I can let go.

Yet any time I submit to this desire, I am left feeling empty. It feels like a chunk of my life has been snatched away, which I can never retrieve. My brain feels numb and cloudy.

I’m not against fictional books or films, but I have learned that resisting my hotel-movie-impulses always fill me with greater strength and awareness of my life for the rest of my stay.

One concrete step that helped me wean myself off of the my petty desire for mindless television is reminding myself of this:

I could be watching mindless television.  Instead, I have God.

What would work for you?

 

When You Have Broken Addictions or Bad Habits in the Past, What Methods Worked Best for You?

  • How can you apply those methods to letting go of your current petty desires?

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Dan Messinger is the author of Holy Crap, a multimedia collection of spiritual tools that help you create meaning from everyday hassles.
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