Freedom From Addiction!

Freedom from addiction

Negative thinking is a bad habit. For many people it's an addiction! An addiction means something's on automatic-it has control over you;you do not have control over it!

"For many, negative thinking is a habit, which over time, becomes an addiction... A lot of people suffer from this disease because negative thinking is addictive to each of the Big Three -- the mind, the body, and the emotions. If one doesn't get you, the others are waiting in the wings." --Peter McWilliams

If you think you are not addicted to negative thinking, give yourself a challenge,(I DID for 24 hours. WOW!),don't think a negative thoughtfor the next 24 hours. Starting now. Not one negative thought or small-talk. Go!

Please don't kid yourself by saying,"Oh,I'm only noticing the negative. You said that was ok". Is that all you did? Did you start to get a bit upset about any of the negative you noticed? If you did, you were doing more than noticing. You were adding to the noticing. What you were adding was negative thinking.

If you were unable to meet the challenge, you might want to take a good, honest look at how much control negative thinking has over your life.

Addictions are not always bad. we're addicted to breathing, for example. We would never suggest breathing be an addiction you might want tpo eliminate. If you're addicted to negative thinking, it's up to you to decide if negative thinking is,for you, a possitive addiction or a negative one'

If you realize you're addicted, and discern it's a negative addiction, you must also decide whether you want to experince freedom from addiction. Some people must scrape bottom a few times before coming to this point. As the saying goes, you must also decide whether you want to experince freedom from addiction.

Some people must scrape bottom a few times before coming to this point. As the saying goes, "When you're sick and tired of being tired and sick, you'll change."

Others see the value of being free and don't have to plummet the depths before exploring the heights. These people are either blessed or fortunate, depending upon your theology.

Breaking addictions is not necessarily an easy process.If it were, it wouldn't be an addiction and you wouldn't seek freedom from addiction. For the non-smoker to give up cigarettes is easy; for the two-pack-a-day smoker,it's not. One is addicted; the other is not.

For some'giving up negative thinking may be a snap. They've been thinking negatively just because they somehow thought they should, that there was some good to be gotten from it.

Upon learning they can get along marvelously without negative thoughts, they just walk away from it. All they needed was permission.

For others, moving from automatic negative thinking to manual possitive focusing and, eventually,to automatic positive focusing is going to be a challenge-maybe the greatest challenge of their lives. And perhaps the challenge of life itself.

It's going to take time, perseverance, patience, forgivenes, determination, discipline, fortitude, enthusiasm, support, endurance and above all, love. Love for yourself, love for the process, love for what you're creating in place of the addiction and,yes, even love for the addiction itself.

Especially love for Christ if you contribute your new-found freedom to Him!

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