SPARK 17: Addiction is not the problem. Addiction is the solution to the problem.
If there is one thing common in our modern Western culture, it is the easy availability and widespread use of addictive substances. Consider this list: alcohol, tobacco, prescription and non-prescription drugs, caffeinated foods and beverages (coffee, tea, cola, chocolate), sugar, television, radio, videos, newspapers, fast driving (adrenaline), over-eating (endorphins), over-dieting, over exercising, overshopping, over-emailing, being adaptive, fighting with your mate, gambling, internet sex, mobile telephony…
Be careful here to remember that the SPARK are a radical way of looking at things. SPARKs are not to be confused with moralizing or rule making. A Possibility Manager is interested in useful applications and valuable results, not in judging things as morally good or bad or in being confined to more rules. We are discussing addiction from a perspective that could create a new possibility for you.
While observing your own mind from moment to moment during the day you eventually start noticing persistent little Yes vs. No conversations that go on with regards to addictive behavior. Through these conversations addictions devour your attention and therefore your energy. How can you get your attention and energy back?
You have probably already tried “New Year’s resolutions” as a way to try to change some of your addictive behaviors. You are also probably jaded enough to know that when the moment comes to decide whether to do that behavior or not do it, you often wake up on the other side of an addictive binge asking yourself who makes those decisions anyway? You walk past a bakery telling yourself not to eat sweets and the next time you remember yourself you are throwing away an empty pastry bag and licking your lips.
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