Addictions – an attempt to escape the pain

The nature of addiction is an attempt to escape the pain at the core of our being. Resisting the urge to give in rather than face the appetite or addiction takes patience and determination.

If you want freedom you have to come to terms with being okay in the now doing nothing. All of your bad states are entirely your responsibility. Your state is totally under your control as long as you can exercise the mindfulness to be present in the moment. When you remain present you won’t go to the addiction or to a negative mind state. On the spiritual path, you’re not fighting your addiction, you’re fighting the inability to face the appetite or addiction. It takes patience and determination to sit through the state and study the pattern, rather than simply being driven by early childhood conditioning.

— Doug Duncan Sensei From a public talk given in Winnepeg, Canada in September 2009