Emptiness Survival Kit. Part 2: Shed, Empty, Let Go. Day 16: Addiction.

Source: No Face (Spirited Away), wallhere.com

At the core of every addiction is an emptiness based in abject fear… Many of us resemble the drug addict in our ineffectual efforts to fill in the spiritual black hole, the void at the centre, where we have lost touch with our souls, our spirit, with those sources of meaning and value that are not contingent or fleeting. Our consumerist, acquisition-, action- and image-mad culture only serves to deepen the hole, leaving us emptier than before.

— Gabor Maté, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

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    Emptiness, the void, darkness, nothingness, uncertainty, abyss, existential dread, feeling numb or like “something is missing” are all symptoms of what I call the emptiness practice (also known as “the dark night of the soul”). It is a tough practice. This Emptiness Survival Kit is based on my learnings in the last couple of years and is a summary of key quotes, tips and practices that helped me and I hope help you to get through it. I plan to post daily for a sum total of 42 posts. See you on the other side.

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Nomad of the Universe, sailing through the unknown, learning to be happy and give happiness back
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3 Responses to Emptiness Survival Kit. Part 2: Shed, Empty, Let Go. Day 16: Addiction.

  1. “An emptiness based in abject fear.” Indeed, a good quote. Can we change our minds? Or are we born with a certain set of behavioral tendencies we can not abandon.

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    • lolkin says:

      Buddha teaches that we can? Maté’s book argues that whereas for drug addicts the intervention should have started earlier to prevent the mental health issues, at least now we can limit the damage to themselves by focusing on their environment and social isolation. Interesting book overall.

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  2. Yes, I think the tubby little fellow did believe it to be possible. The Buddha that is. I must take a look at the book.

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