“We continue to take personal inventory and continue to set right any mistakes as we go along…This is not an overnight matter. It should continue for our lifetime.”

~Bill Wilson, The Big Book

 

“My spirit, being one with Universal Spirit, has nothing [artificial] to desire or long for…that which speaks to me as limitation or a desire for abnormal stimulation has no answering or recognizing voice within me.”

~Ernest Holmes, Meditation for Alcoholism or Addiction

 

Freedom from the Bondage of Cell

 

My cell phone charger was left behind recently for a 2-day conference away from home. I hadn’t brought my laptop because I figured why schlep it around since I’d have little time to use it. Besides, I’d have my phone for social media check-ins, emails, emergencies, non-emergencies, obsessive peeks, all that. So I resolutely arrived on the scene with minimal charge.

Yeah I could have purchased one on the road, but decided to use this situation as an observational experiment. Truthfully, I knew I had a charger in my car, otherwise who knows to what lengths I would have gone? I do know in the past, when I was in a needful state, I would traverse any obstacle, distance, or mileage to get what I was focusing (obsessing?) about.

In this case all I had to do was leave my phone plugged into my car charger in my car in the hotel garage, and retrieve it at the end of the day… 7 hours later. 7 hours. Gulp. Sounded like a long time to me.

That first morning, heading to the event from the parking garage, I must admit I felt a wonderful sense of freedom and lightness in my being. One less thing to nag at me or call me away from the present moment. I was free to have conversations with actual people in actual face-to-face encounters, not via text or email. That was weird. But in the most wonderful way possible.

That sense of freedom got me thinking. Am I addicted to my cell phone and all that it connects me to? There is a book called The Soft Addiction Solution in which author Judith Wright talks about the “seemingly harmless habits that keep you from the life you want.”

Tommy Rosen, a yoga and recovery expert, talks about other areas that can give us grief. He calls them the Big 6: Drugs, Alcohol, Food, People, Money, and Technology. Interesting that technology sneaks in as something that can rob us of our present moment engagement and focus. Definitely a double edged sword.

It’s the vibrational energy of addiction that I, as an addict, want to keep my eye on. Putting the plug in the proverbial jug and drug is just the beginning. That for me was the beauty in AA, and the 12-Steps – finding out it’s way more than just a way to stop drinking. It’s a path to basic strategies for how to live life like a wise grown-up, not a damaged child needing attention and instant gratification.

And the beauty of New Thought teaching is that I can create the reality I desire with my awareness and perception. When I become aware of some negative energy around other behaviors, that’s the good news, because I can then change it if I so choose.

I want to look at this in myself in this still early new year that is still so fresh and practically begging me to review things that could use a good shift.

How about you?

 

Where do you sense that frenetic, frantic energy when in the absence of something?

What “soft addictions” do you still have that are blocking you from peeling the next layer of the onion?

Do you see this a an exciting chance to learn more about yourself or do you dread facing some hidden beliefs about what you think you need?

 

 

 

In gratitude, harmony, and support,

 

 

 

Freedom from the Bondage of Cell

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