On compulsive behaviors (addictions, etc)

When I finally quit smoking (many years ago now) I had started what I called “mindfully” smoking. Being with every breath – feeling what it felt like in my body.

We can employ such mindfulness with a lot of compulsive behaviors. To be with ourselves as we do something that maybe we don’t really *want* to do.

Maybe we can’t quite yet say no to something but if we stay present throughout the behavior and allow ourselves to feel all that is there we see that things begin to shift with awareness…no matter what it is we might be up to…change happens best when we allow what is happening within us and be with it. Hold it, even, like a child, without judgment but instead with tenderness.  See: Whatever Arises, Love That.

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