Many years ago, when I was in a job where I was dying of integrity challenges, I decided to make a career change back into the information technology field. In those days, getting a job required drug testing (I think it’s still done today in some places). So for the sake of my young family I quit smoking marijuana.
I was a regular consumer and frankly, though not “addicted,” I was partaking more than occasionally. Somewhere inside I also knew it would be good for me to give it up. I transitioned without much challenge, fortunately – this was an important step for my family’s sake.
Since then I have not consumed marijuana to this day. Almost immediately and over the years, I have experienced significant clarity of mind (absent is the mind numbing effect marijuana has on one’s decision-making, perceptions and motivation). It turned out that I gave up nothing and gained so much more in return.
Fast forward close to 30 years, I would enjoy a glass or two of red wine regularly. I was not addicted but did have a habit. At times I would take a break from my consumption for a week or two. I was beginning to feel that this routine, though not a problem, was not in my interests of evolving as a person. As I continued on my spiritual journey, a voice kept subtly reminding me to stop.
Then one day, the message was loud and clear and in no uncertain terms – STOP! And so I did. That was over a month ago. I have noticed that I now have greater intuitive perception. I am not sure if it’s totally from the lack of alcohol – maybe my daily meditation is contributing. Regardless, this is such a huge benefit. When I need direction when I feel uncertain, I can access and rely on my intuition to enlighten me.
Addictions don’t have to be just drugs or alcohol – they can be things like our relationships with others, gambling, TV watching/binging, etc. One addiction many of us have is “compulsive” eating – mine would start after 8:00PM every night, even though I wasn’t hungry.
Stopping this “addiction” was harder for me than drugs or alcohol. So I tried something new and different – I prayed, saying: “Dear God, please help me curb my excessive eating.” The next evening, after dinner, I proactively made some tea – and had no snack. I now have been snack-free after dinner for three weeks. I have also noticed my regular dietary intake is in line with my real hunger needs.
Though I can’t say my food challenges were impacting my mind and clarity, I do know I was having a little mind chatter around “self-loathing” because I (ego talking) was not in control of my food intake. This is gone now.
So if you have a habit challenging you or know you just want to release it, try a gentle loving prayer such as I have shared and see what happens. If it does not work immediately, keep trying! It’s worth the effort to have full clear access to your mind.
August 11, 2018