One of the fastest growing addictions in the world is gambling addiction
With more availability than ever, more people are going through challenging circumstances because of this addiction
Many lose their house, job, and family
Some even lose their life to this addiction
1 in 4 attempt suicide, the most out of any addiction
Losing money from gambling is tough to deal with but nothing compares to the guilt, shame, and regret that haunts you
I’m 3 weeks sober right now
I’m determined not to gamble
I have lost 50k in my lifetime but also have put untold stress and anxiety on myself because of this addiction
My life purpose is on the line
True freedom is not the freedom to self destruct
But to be free of our addictions running and ruining our life
It’s been two weeks since I last gambled
Addiction rarely ends over night
It’s a journey that can bring you to your knees
Open your heart & mind
I must see the flashing lights of the casinos as bait to a fish
The casino’s hook dragging me into debt, despair, regret and suffering
I must see gambling as self destruction instead of an illusion of pleasure
If I can be mindful & remind myself each day of the self destruction of gambling
Then I will be free to live my life without the burden of financial debt & despair
Freedom is a requirement for true happiness, whether that be financial or mental
To truly touch happiness, we must let go of old habits, thoughts, and ways of living that cause us suffering
Attachment is at the root of all suffering
Attachment to youth
Attachment to wealth
Attachment to our spouse, family & friends
Attachment to life itself
If attachment is the root of all suffering..
What is the root of joy?
Freedom is the root of joy
Freedom not to hurt ourself or others but freedom from fear, anger, and hatred running and ruining our lives
Liberation from old ways of thinking & doing that make us miserable
Today is the day to start changing, even small changes can lead to huge results in time
When we look at nature, we see that everything is impermanent.
Even our own sun has a shelf life
So why do live as if relationships, wealth, family members, and our own life will last forever?
If we live a full life, one life is enough.
We spend our life building our identity.
From a very early age; the music, tv, & friend group shape our identity. What we consume, becomes part of us.
But we often struggle with letting go of this identity, even when this identity is responsible for the destruction of our own joy.
We fear that if we let go of this outdated idea of who we are that we lose ourself in the process.
But the truth is that old identity was never truly us.
It was shaped by our family, culture, religion and media
So who do we truly want to become?
Do we want to self destruct our own lives clinging to the past?
Or do we want to liberate ourself & embrace a new life that is inline with our values & vision?
The first step is to release that you are worth taking care of.
Your life & happiness does matter.
The chose is ours, even minute of each day.
We can always change at any moment
Even the smallest shifts can snowball into a radically different life.
If not now, then when?
I was put on this earth for a reason
To reduce suffering
To bring joy to others
To see the oneness in everything
A wave realizing it’s the ocean
Energy flows within myself like an infinite river going out to sea
Many years ago, a dying star supernova gave life to myself & everything on earth
Life is precious according to me so why wait to become a better version of myself?
The time is now for change & growth
Why waste my one precious life harming myself?
Drowning myself in substances, junk food, and self destructive habits
I see my ego wanting to self destruct
All it wants is pleasure & to avoid pain
But I know I’m much more than my ego
I also have a divine Buddha sitting within myself
It doesn’t want to harm my ego, that would only feed the anger, hatred, and fear
It loves the darkest side of me with light of a billion stars
Life & death are interconnected, not two separate concepts
The ultimate yin & yang of the cosmos
Each day cells are born & die in our own bodies
Death surrounds each moment of life
Without death there is no life
Breathing in I know I’m of the nature to grow old
Breathing out I know I will die one day
Knowing this noble truth I will enjoy this beautiful life that has been gifted to me
Each day is a new opportunity to pay gratitude to the universe
I will do my best to live a compassionate, peaceful, and loving life
I will not let fear, hatred or greed control my one life.
“To truly live, we must die each moment.” -Thich Nhat Hanh
For us to be truly happy we must let go of the pursuit of happiness
Because when we feel temporarily happy, we desperately cling to it
We become restless and fearful of losing happiness, which causes a vicious circle of suffering
So for us to be truly happy we must be calm and centered
You can’t be truly happy if you’re not calm
So instead of seeking pleasure or avoiding pain
Seek the discomfort of stillness
Look within that restlessness, anger, or hatred
And let go of the pursuit of happiness
Instead of trying to find this elusive happiness, practice the middle path of awareness, peace, and being calm
Each time we fall off the path of clarity & calmness we self reflect, let it go and move forward
From my experience, this way of living seems much more sustainable than chasing elusive happiness
A friend shared this with me and it has enriched my life significantly and I hope it does the same for you
From my experience, our suffering can bring much joy
But we must sit with the pain even when we want to run from it
For us to transform, we must get to know the darkest parts of our mind.
Sit with our demons until they don’t scare us anymore
Show compassion & love to the darkest parts of our soul
Surrender to the reality in front of you
Do not fight or run
Sit still & get to know them
They will always be there
But our mind can be a sanctuary, even with the demons; not a warzone
A simple & uncomplicated life is for me
I do not need fancy clothes, shoes or any other material goods
True joy is not found in sports cars, jewelry or the amount of money in our bank account
True happiness is not acquired through what we receive in life but what we give to the world
Giving is living
I vow to not hoard money
But to give to those in need
I vow to live a simple life
And to reduce suffering in myself & the world
Breathing in I see myself as water, flowing & flexible
Breathing out I see myself as a mountain, strong & stable
Breathing in I see myself as a flower, fresh & beautiful
Breathing out I see myself as space, free & vast