I’m running as fast as I can. I’m so busy – Answering emails, going to work, looking for work, driving to and fro, texting, trying to stay in touch, running to the gym – to run. But what are we running to? And, what will we find when we get there?
I’m hearing more and more people express loneliness and boredom and I’m seeing more rudeness and snarkiness. We rush to our screens to get rid of the boredom or for the excitement of what’s going on or to NOT FEEL LEFT OUT. And, while there are fun things on FB, Instagram, etc. how are you doing with personal relationships? How’s your stress level? (More screen time can = more stress.)
Joy training for the addictive brain? Yes, it’s possible I’m happy to say. I was at my brother Lee’s 12 Step N.A. meeting when he got his 1 year chip. Yeah Lee!! There were 100 people in the room celebrating each other for their hard work to stay sober from 1 year to 28 years. It was amazing to see and feel the hope, love and JOY in the room.
Is it possible to live in a state of JOY every moment of the day? I wish. But, it is possible to have the skills that allow you to more quickly and easily move stress and upset through so happier feelings rise to the surface again.
American Shopping Addiction (Infographic)
For the majority of Americans, shopping is a fun weekend activity. After a long workweek, we love to drive to the nearest shopping mall, grab a drink with some friends, and of course, browse through the stores. Couples do it, young people do it, mothers do it, and even older adults love to go shopping. After all, we are a consumer society.
There’s a story I share with my clients that comes from Robert Bly, an author and poet who wrote a book called “A Little Book About the Human Shadow”. He says we’re all born as beautiful, loving golden globes of light and energy. As we grow up in our families, go to school and develop friends, we feel loved or not, to varying degrees. In response, we often give up parts of ourselves to please our parents, our teachers, churches, friends, etc.
Casino’s are a place of fun, right? They are if you are a recreational gambler. For gambling addicts they are like the street corner where the heroin user or meth addict meets their dealer. Just like drug dealers, casinos have ways of increasing the desire and dependency of their customers….