Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Breaking Obsession

Somewhere along the path that our lives take, most of us pick a direction in life, whether you are conscious about it or not. I bet that you know a guy who is fixated on a certain sports team. I bet that you know a girl who is obsessed about her looks. We've all come across people who are obsessed with money. We see alcoholics stumbling down the sidewalk towards us, and we give them as much space as possible. Most of these people have an obsession, and it is an extremely difficult thing to break away from.

This all ties in with neurosis. Neurosis to me is the accumulation of obsessive thoughts that disengage a person from reality. We all have neurosis to a certain degree. Even the most enlightened beings on earth have a small degree of neurosis. There's a scale that runs from one extreme end to the other. On one side you have extreme neurosis, madness, schizophrenia etc. A complete disengagement from reality. The mind/ego is in full control and it might be a living hell for the person. On the other end, you have complete engagement with reality. The senses are in full receptive mode. You see everything, all at once. You feel every sensation in your body, all at once. You hear every little sound, all at once. Whichever sensory organ you choose. It can be fun to switch between the senses. 

What you're left with when you are fully engaged with the living moment is the feeling of your spirit. The mind is completely quiet. You are your true self. The trick with an obsession is to drag the pointer of your internal compass with all your might, and have it point in a direction which will give you relief and a degree of peacefulness within yourself.

The other trick is realizing that following the good feeling within your heart and soul is the only thing that really "feels" real. It's all about the feeling. Disengage from your mind, and "feel" your soul. The mind is obsessed with being at the top of the list. Being the smartest. Acquiring the most knowledge. Being the funniest. It wants the beautiful trophy wife, even though she might be hell to live with and you feel rotten inside, your mind feeds off of the satisfaction that she looks great and you think all your friends think so too. This is the empty feeling that people with a lot of "success" talk about. The brain might be "winning" at life but the soul is in terrible shape.

The only healthy amount of neurosis that I would recommend is using your mind to chase the good feeling within your soul. Look at your brain as a handy tool that can create as much happiness for you as possible. If you don't have that good feeling within your soul, everything you chase (money, success, beauty) will be an empty illusion, and you will put on a brave face to everyone around you, but you will know that empty feeling.

So to break out of an obsession, fully engage reality with your senses for hours, days, months on end. Your obsessive thoughts will float away. Walking to work? Listen to the traffic and sounds all around, feel the cool air, the warm sun, look at the shadows and light, the reflections, feel the sensation of your body as it walks. This can be done anywhere. Meditate on life happening around you. And start using your mind not to chase false illusions of success, but of a real good feeling within yourself. When the world is collapsing around you, with destruction and chaos, and you can still have that good feeling within you're soul, then you know you are truly happy.

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