Positive Addiction

“The more you meditate, the less you will need to medicate.”

Kevin Kinchen

If it is indeed true that human beings are creatures of habit, then this would imply that human beings are, by our very nature, prone to addictions. For, what is addiction other than a deeply entrenched psycho-physiological habit.

Thus, if we can accept the premise that human beings, as creatures of habit, are consequently creatures of addiction, the challenge we are confronted with is not how do we overcome our addictions, but rather, how can we establish addictions that are beneficial to our overall health and well-being, and therefore, our ability to manifest whatever it is we desire.

If you recall, the law of attraction states that, “that which is like unto itself, is drawn.” Furthermore, this law suggests that we attract to ourselves situations, circumstances, events, and people to us based on how we feel. In short, when we feel good, we attract all that is good to us. Conversely, when we feel bad, we attract bad to us. This is the reason why one of the most influential teacher of how to create your own reality, Dr. Wayne Dyer, is so insistent in reminding his audiences that he “wants to feel good.” He understands very well that positive emotions attract positive experiences, and negative emotions attract negative experiences.

Looking back on my own life, I have definitely been able to discover a correlation between my own addictions (positive and negative ones at different phases in my life), and the experiences which, unbeknownst to me at the time, I was drawing to myself.

My high school years were marked by addiction to scholastics and sports. During these years I maintained an honor roll GPA and participated in several sports including basketball, football, cross country, and track & field. At that time I was almost oblivious to some of the more negative addictions such as alcohol and drugs that many of my peers were beginning to discover. Looking back, those years were some of the best of my life. I had many experiences that offer fond memories, and can honestly say I was quite happy at that time.

When I finished high school, and left home for college, I went to the opposite extreme of the addictions spectrum. At this time, my former addiction to reading and physical sports were replaced with all of the activities of a party lifestyle including cigarettes, alcohol, and marijuana. As it turned out, these were some of the hardest, and most miserable years of my life.

It is only at this point in my life that I can look back at those two distinct phases of my life and see the correlation between my addictions (positive or negative) and the life experiences I had. When I was in high school, my addiction to sports led me to doing activities that made me feel good, and as a result I had good experiences. When I was in college, my addictions to soft drugs and alcohol made me feel depressed and as a result I had really bad experiences.

The fact of the matter is that the substances we put into our body affect the way we feel, and thus the way we attract. As a former athlete, I know that exercise and a healthy diet make me feel good. And, as a former partier, I know that drugs and alcohol make me feel bad. And, as we established earlier good feelings attract good and bad feelings attracting bad. Thus, the need for creating positive addictions (remember, human beings are prone to addiction; the issue is if those addictions are positive or negative) in order to insure that we always attract positive conditions into our lives.

Today, as a rather committed meditation practitioner, looking back on my experiences as a drunkard, I realize that the state of drunkenness can accurately be described as “pseudo-meditative.” I’ll explain. The objective of meditation practice is to quiet one’s mind, and in doing so, connect with one’s spirit. It is my belief that the main reason people enjoy the consumption of alcohol so much is that alcohol gives a similar, temporary experience of quieting one’s mind. The difference between the state of meditation and the drunken state is that the experience of silence brought about by meditation is transcendent, whereas the experience of silence brought about by alcohol consumption is repressive. That is, the practice of meditation allows one to naturally, gradually, go beyond thought, whereas alcohol temporarily disables your ability to think. Perhaps you’ve observed the irony of the fact that alcoholic beverages are called ‘spirits.’ This is because, in a sense, meditativeness and drunkenness are similar experiences; they are both methods for quieting one’s mind, the difference being that the former can be sustained and has no side effects, and the latter can not be sustained and can have terrible side effects.

So, as far as this discourse on positive addictions, it should be evident that the practice of meditation is a natural substitute for any one that may have a problem with alcoholism. In fact, I would venture to say that it is the solution to alcoholism, because, as I’ve demonstrated, drunkenness is really just a misguided attempt at experiencing the state of meditation. Furthermore, it is my belief that this practice can, in fact, become the replacement for all forms of addiction, as all drug use ultimately aims at giving the user an escape from the painful and unhappy realities of their life. That is, people use drugs because they believe they can find joy in them.

Well, meditation as a methodology for connecting with one’s own spirit (which is the true “place” where joy can be found) actually allows one to find joy in a real and sustainable way. Therefore, meditation is the experience for which we are always misguidedly seeking in our drug explorations, and should, therefore be regarded as the ultimate positive addiction.  

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