Tonight I was listening to The Rolling Stones version of the blues standard “I Can’t Quit You Baby” written by Willie Dixie (Led Zeppelin has a great-probably most well known- version as well but that’s beside the point).
I mention this for two reasons. The first is because last week I completed a 5-Day Challenge that was truly amazing but I put out a lot of energy and for me, music is a great way to decompress and rejuvenate myself.
After a big push, there’s going to be a “let down” and music helps me transition any antsy or angst energy that the let down brings.
So many of us live in distraction and crave constant entertainment because we’re afraid of the boredom of being still from “emptying out” from the high of a big event in our lives or just experiencing everyday existential angst. (I imagine this is what inspired Johnny Cash’s song “Sunday Morning Coming Down”.)
That’s why we all buy into drama from time to time until we learn to crave the stillness of peace more than the stress of drama.
The second reason I mentioned “I Can’t Quit You Baby” (and Johnny Cash) is the topic of addiction. It’s been in the forefront of my mind since a person close to me is struggling with it
and it’s affecting a lot of other people I care about.
I’ve been thinking a lot about what is the underlying energy behind addiction. It’s my opinion that addiction is just a dysfunctional attempt to find relief from an unpleasant feeling.
You can be addicted to just about anything, frankly. Not just the stereotypical things like street or prescription drugs and alcohol. I’ve been addicted to cigarettes, caffeine, sugar, scrolling through Facebook, being “busy”, binge-watching shows on Netflix etc. You get the idea.
But whatever we’re addicted to each and every time we’re just trying to escape the “let down” from the high because the let down can range from boring to downright anxiety-provoking and painful.
So how do we let go of our addiction when it’s CAUSING more pain than it’s relieving? It’s SO much easier said than done but the answer is making peace with the feeling we’re trying to avoid and getting okay with the stillness.
The stillness is just a void-like a vacuum in space and it just loves to be filled up. When you get good at emotional or energetic mastery YOU decide what you fill up with and what you let go of.
I’ve worked a decade in law enforcement and so I’ve been around addicts nearly every day of my life. So, I know I’m oversimplifying the suffering that addicts go through. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again when we’re the most self-punishing is when we invite the greatest judgment from others.
So, I have to salute all of the light workers, healers, and counselors who hold space for those suffering from addiction. They reach into the soul’s darkness and pull people to the light sometimes when they can’t see it for themselves.
Here’s to holding space for our own addictions whatever they may be and making peace with our shadow in the stillness.
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