Spirituality and Addiction During Chaotic Times

How do addictions  affect our spiritual journey? We all have addictions, all part of our  images101life lessons.  There are addictions to foods, drink, media, sports, sex, drugs, material possessions, religion and the list goes on and on.  Addiction is defined as a fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity. A good example is the media. It does a wonderful job of getting your attention over matters that you have no control over,  inciting  your thoughts and emotions over something you are passionate about.   I was once a news junky, believing I needed to know what was going on in the world. Then I realized being involved in matters that were beyond my control served no positive purpose. Not only was it taking away my time from more important matters, but it was taking  control over my thoughts, emotions and actions.   One day I simple said enough. I made a concerted effort to images (5)avoid the media, which can be done, but difficult.  We are being program from every direction, ABC, CBS, NBC CNN, Fox,  in  airports, businesses, phones, radio, facebook, twitter; the list goes on and on. Media is owned by the few, but has such a hold on society, it may actually be worse than being addicted to a substance. It certainly affects many  more people as well as distorting the truth.  That is just one example of the many addictions we experience during our lifetime.

download (3)Our teachers provided insight. Buddha said, “If you wish to be free of from old age and rebirth, become an island unto yourself, and eliminate all your imperfections.” and Jesus said, “Those who seek pleasurable things already have their treasure. But the pleasures of the world are an illusion. Gold and silver are without substance.”  Rumi said “There are thousands of wines that can take over our minds. Don’t think all ecstasies are the same!”

images111The world was designed with all the catalyst,  distractions, and Chaos for us. We are in school to  learn the ways of  love, the strongest and most powerful emotion, with wisdom.  We are being tested on how we can  be of service to others.  Most would agree, it t is very difficult to treat people badly and connect to God at the same time. Every morning  we wake up to a new day to continue our journey up the mountain. As we venture on our life path, we learn and discard what is not needed or what does not benefit us. The goal is to reach the top of the mountain where you can bask in the love and light of the One Infinite Creator. When a person reaches that point, any and all addictions or cares about the material world will fall away, and one becomes enlightened.

6 thoughts on “Spirituality and Addiction During Chaotic Times”

    1. I totally agree, love and service to others is the way. It seems the media purpose is to keep us divided and confused, way to much negativity. Thank you for reading and your comment.

  1. This gives the true meaning of addiction. Perhaps what you have written will assist some in identifying and breaking free from their addiction. 🙏🙏🙏❤

  2. A wonderful post! It’s so true, addictions now are taking so many forms, we don’t even realize it. Just technology alone is keeping people so distracted in so many directions, that the mind has a hard time focusing, and going inwardly. It’ s so important for us to “unplug” from the matrix of social media/ news/ etc, and the mass programs running on an ongoing bases, to be able to focus and listen to our inner wisdom. Thank you for making such a brilliant point!

    1. Humans are creatures of habit and in order to break out of the Matrix, there has to be that realization. It is hard to “unplug” but with the will and desire we can accomplish anything. Thank you for reading and providing such a wonderful comment.

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