Short and Sweet #54 – Addiction and Spirituality

Are you wondering what addiction and spirituality have to do with one another? The answer is everything! I have had my share of addictions in life from something serious like alcoholism, cigarettes and drugs to the more socially accepted things like TV and candy. I believe that we live in a world full of addicts. We are addicted to video games, social media, and food, sex, shopping and prescription drugs; really, anything you can think of somebody is probably addicted to it, somewhere. Why are we such an addicted world? The reason is simple we are searching to strengthen our spiritual connection in all the wrong places. We are trying to fill that empty place within us with whatever we can find. It works temporally but it always fall short until we find the real thing. The interesting thing is that once we do, the addiction goes away. Now you can stop your addiction(s) temporarily without a deeper connection to spirit but eventually you will fall back into the addiction or you will walk around feeling empty and lost, possibly have mild depression or some other malady.

If you take an honest look at your life I suspect that you will find an addiction, perhaps something you dealt with in the past or you suffer from now, maybe both. Too often they are overlooked, partly because we are in denial and partly because we do not think they are serious. Sweets and social media are perfect examples of addictions that we overlook and ignore how they can hurt us. The obvious thing with sweets or should I say sugar is the damage done to our physical health. It works silently in the body and over the years damages our health until we become sick. Our sickness is often attributed to a disease, which is not the real cause but a result of our addiction. However, aside from the physical damage, there is a much deeper problem going on here and it is a spiritual problem. Let me assure you that no matter how minor you think your addictions are they are a warning sign. Once we connect to the Divine on a deeper level then healing can take place. Start by paying more attention to what and why you do things. Notice how you are feeling before, during and after, pay attention to your thoughts and actions. Remember, the reason never comes from outside you and the solution always comes from within. Finally please get help if you need it, you are not alone on this journey.


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