Addiction MOON Shine

When you’re missing a piece of yourself, aching, gut-wrenching emptiness begins to take over. Until you find the link that completes your very soul, the feeling will never go away. Most people find a way to fill this void: material possessions, a string of relationships, affairs, food…I bare my soul, with words, for all to see.” – Jennifer Salaiz

“You got the vote of your high school
Most likely to exceed
But not likely to ever get enough
Enough of what you need.” – Jackson Browne

When there is no way out, there is still always a way through. So don’t turn away from the pain. Face it. Feel it fully. Feel it — don’t think about it! Express it if necessary, but don’t create a script in your mind around it. Give all your attention to the feeling, not to the person, event, or situation that seems to have caused it. Don’t let the mind use the pain to create a victim identity for yourself out of it. Feeling sorry for yourself and telling others your story will keep you stuck in suffering. Since it is impossible to get away from the feeling, the only possibility of change is to move into it; otherwise, nothing will shift. So give your complete attention to what you feel, and refrain from mentally labeling it. As you go into the feeling, be intensely alert. At first, it may seem like a dark and terrifying place, and when the urge to turn away from it comes, observe it but don’t act on it. Keep putting your attention on the pain, keep feeling the grief, the fear, the dread, the loneliness, whatever it is. Stay alert, stay present — present with your whole Being, with every cell of your body. As you do so, you are bringing a light into this darkness. This is the flame of your consciousness.” – Eckhart Tolle

“The world says: ‘You have needs — satisfy them. You have as much right as the rich and the mighty. Don’t hesitate to satisfy your needs; indeed, expand your needs and demand more.’ This is the worldly doctrine of today. And they believe that this is freedom. The result for the rich is isolation and suicide, for the poor, envy and murder.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky

When we realize that every external want is an attempt to become satisfied with ourselves and our lives, it becomes simpler to meet our needs. There is a baseline of happiness inside each of us that is not actually improved by getting things we want, except for a transitory high that passes. The most direct road to fulfillment requires gratitude and relaxation.” – Jennifer Freed

“We’ve got a sort of brainwashing going on in our country, Morrie sighed. Do you know how they brainwash people? They repeat something over and over. And that’s what we do in this country. Owning things is good. More money is good. More property is good. More commercialism is good. More is good. More is good. We repeat it—and have it repeated to us—over and over until nobody bothers to even think otherwise. The average person is so fogged up by all of this, he has no perspective on what’s really important anymore.

“Wherever I went in my life, I met people wanting to gobble up something new. Gobble up a new car. Gobble up a new piece of property. Gobble up the latest toy. And then they wanted to tell you about it. ‘Guess what I got? Guess what I got?’

“You know how I interpreted that? These were people so hungry for love that they were accepting substitutes. They were embracing material things and expecting a sort of hug back. But it never works. Money is not a substitute for tenderness, and power is not a substitute for tenderness. I can tell you, as I’m sitting here dying, when you most need it, neither money nor power will give you the feeling you’re looking for, no matter how much of them you have.” – Mitch Albom

Are we all going about the business of succeeding in life, reaching our goals, achieving some sort of recognition? Think about this for a moment: you were born and that’s a miracle in itself. You’re reading this presently, and it’s amazing that you can see a bunch of symbols and actually make sense of them. Did you see and perceive other stuff today: trees, flowers, loved ones? Smell anything delightful or stinky today? Did you listen to your favorite music, birds, the ocean? Did you touch someone, did they touch you, did you do something kind, did someone do something kind for you? So then I suppose it’s time to count our blessings and dispense with success, our goals, recognition, and go about the business of gratitude, yes?” – Anders Johnson

Addiction might be the best word to explain the lostness that so deeply permeates society. Our addiction makes us cling to what the world proclaims as the keys to self-fulfillment: accumulation of wealth and power; attainment of status and admiration; lavish consumption of food and drink, and sexual gratification without distinguishing between lust and love. These addictions create expectations that cannot but fail to satisfy our deepest needs. As long as we live within the world’s delusions, our addictions condemn us to futile quests in ‘the distant country,’ leaving us to face an endless series of disillusionments while our sense of self remains unfulfilled.” – Henri J.M. Nouwen

Once the behavior becomes an addiction, it’s not about getting high; it’s about getting relief. The mid-brain literally cannot produce the hormones necessary for relief of the cravings and withdrawal symptoms, so the addict MUST use the drug to get relief. Studies with rats have shown that when the mid-brain has been affected by addiction, rats will pursue the drug to the point of death—choosing the drug over food; crossing electrified grates to get the drug; and so on. Anyone who has lived with an addict will recognize the truth of this. Conversely, when NAD has restored the brain so that it can again produce its own biochemical stress relief, the addict’s dysfunctional behavior stops. I have never met a patient who, as a child, aspired to be an addict or an alcoholic. Moreover, once people have become addicted, they are usually so filled with shame that most of them despair of ever being ‘clean’ again. This hopelessness contributes to their behavior problems.” – Paula Norris Mestayer

“Experts in ancient Greek culture say that people back then didn’t see their thoughts as belonging to them. When ancient Greeks had a thought, it occurred to them as a god or goddess giving an order. Apollo was telling them to be brave. Athena was telling them to fall in love. Now people hear a commercial for sour cream potato chips and rush out to buy, but now they call this free will. At least the ancient Greeks were being honest.” – Chuck Palahniuk

An extraterrestrial being, newly arrived on Earth – scrutinizing what we mainly present to our children in television, radio, movies, newspapers, magazines, the comics, and many books – might easily conclude that we are intent on teaching them murder, rape, cruelty, superstition, credulity, and consumerism. We keep at it, and through constant repetition many of them finally get it.” – Carl Sagan

“We have to create culture! Don’t watch TV, don’t read magazines, don’t even listen to NPR. Create your own roadshow. The nexus of space and time where you are now is the most immediate sector of your universe, and if you’re worrying about Michael Jackson or Bill Clinton or somebody else, then you are disempowered. You’re giving it all away to icons, icons which are maintained by an electronic media so that you want to dress like X or have lips like Y. This is shit-brained, this kind of thinking. That is all cultural diversion, and what is real is you and your friends and your associations, your highs, your orgasms, your hopes, your plans, your fears. And we are told ‘no’, we’re unimportant, we’re peripheral. ‘Get a degree, get a job, get a this, get a that.’ And then you’re a player. You don’t want to even play in that game. You want to reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that’s being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world.” – Terence McKenna

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