HOW ADDICTIONS CAN FALL AWAY THROUGH TRANSFORMATIVE PRACTICES
Much of what we accomplish in life is a result of our habits. Good habits can lead to massive achievements whereas bad habits can make our life miserable. Addictions are also habits. To elaborate, addictions are the habits that are so strong that we are simply unable to stop. Of course, most habits are not inherently good or bad. Being either ‘good’ or ‘bad’ depends on the consequences that they produce in our lives. If the consequences of our habits are in harmony with our overall well-being, then they are good. If not, they are bad habits.
Some spiritual teachers have said that all habits are bad. What they mean is that we should be free even of our good habits. Only then can we say that we have achieved liberation. But, most of us can arrive at such a state only after decades of physical, mental and spiritual practices.
We need to form a habit of practicing meditation and/or yoga regularly. In fact, we need to be ‘addicted’ to our transformation in a manner of speaking. Addiction to meditation/yoga is probably the only addiction that is able to transcend itself and fetch our liberation! 😎
What about other addictions? We see people addicted to tea, coffee, alcohol and even to social media these days. As mentioned earlier, these are bad habits that can limit our progress. We intuitively know that they don’t serve any purpose but we don’t seem to make any progress in getting rid of them.
So, how do we end our bad habits? The first step is surrendering to our higher potential. We need to make a commitment to our transformation. Regular meditation practice will go a long way in liberating us from our addictions. We need to keep in mind that tackling addictions alone won’t help us much because they will be replaced by other addictions. We can achieve ultimate victory only if we work on ourselves and transform our lives through transformative practices such as meditation and yoga. If we are to become addicted anyways, why not become addicted to meditiation! 😇
Many meditation/yoga teachers believe that we should give up all the addictions before starting our practices. It certainly does help. But that is like someone teaching how to swim on the other side of the river! How do we get there in the first place?
The best approach is to start with meditation and other yoga practices. Soon we may find bad habits and addictions falling away.