Emotional Habits: The Key to Addiction

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Emotional Habits: The Key to Addiction

Here the case is made for creative physical movement as an antidote for addiction. What particularly caught my attention was the reminder of what is so easy to forget as we navigate recovery - "we cannot think our way out of our emotional habits; these patterns of sensation and response express our fundamental, sensory creativity. Instead, we must create new patterns, new values, in the places where the older ones dwell--in the movements of our bodily selves. In the small actions we do every day, sensing and responding. In patterns of thinking, feeling, and acting that relate to ourselves, to one another, and to our worlds."

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/what-body-knows/201203/emotional-hab...

Acceptance. When I am disturbed, it is because a person, place, thing, or situation is unacceptable to me. I find no serenity until I accept my life as being exactly the way it is meant to be. Nothing happens in God’s world by mistake.  Acknowledge the problem, but live the solution!

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Quote: For one, we cannot
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For one, we cannot think our way out of our emotional habits; these patterns of sensation and response express our fundamental, sensory creativity. Instead, we must create new patterns, new values, in the places where the older ones dwell--in the movements of our bodily selves. In the small actions we do every day, sensing and responding. In patterns of thinking, feeling, and acting that relate to ourselves, to one another, and to our worlds.

Second, to accomplish such recreating, we need to tap into an essential human creativity that exists at a sensory level in the movement of our bodily selves.

Third, the key to finding this freedom to create new patterns of sensation and response lies in moving our bodily selves in ways that grant us a lived experience of our power to move.

This is amazing.

1. "We cannot think our way out of our emotional habits" (to me this reads "powerless"). "We must create new patterns, new values, in the places where the older ones dwell..."

2. "...to accomplish such recreating, we need to tap into an essential human creativity..." (finding that power within us.)

3. "..the key to finding this freedom to create new patterns of sensation and response lies in moving our bodily selves..." this is pretty awesome, glad I'm getting exercise, learning piano, and will be going to gym soon.

Thank you Gal!

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In this culture we all seem

In this culture we all seem to love to pretend that we are bodiless heads, and I think gaming just encourages this--look how we neglect our bodies while we game for hours on end. Emotions are bodily feelings.

Thank you for this, GaL!

I am a recovering computer game and gambling addict. My recovery birthday: On May 6, 2012 I quit games and began working a program of recovery through OLGA No computer games or slot games for me since December 12, 2012. No solitaire games with real cards since June 2013.

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great post!!  I love that

great post!!

I love that "bodiless heads!!" lol

"Instead, we must create new patterns, new values, in the places where the older ones dwell--in the movements of our bodily selves. In the small actions we do every day, sensing and responding. In patterns of thinking, feeling, and acting that relate to ourselves, to one another, and to our worlds."

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