Control Your Cravings or They Will Control You!

woman-holding-out-green-apple-resisting-temptation-cravingsWhile pursuing desires is an integral part of the dance of life, you are on the road to peace when you learn to control your cravings instead of allowing your cravings to control you.

Conscience is the voice of the soul, as passions are the voice of the body. No wonder they contradict each other.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Fulfilling your desires can produce occasional bursts of happiness, but the pleasures of the material world are often fleeting.

Detachment does not require a life of renunciation. It simply reorders your priorities so that even as you delight in worldly pleasures, you are keenly aware that they pale in comparison to the ever-new joy of divine communion.

The process of practice is to see through, not to eliminate, anything to which we are attached. We could have great financial wealth and be unattached to it, or we might have nothing and be very attached to having nothing. Usually, if we have seen through the nature of attachment, we will tend to have fewer possessions, but not necessarily.
Charlotte Joko Beck

Your strongest cravings—typically those which have a consciousness-lowering effect—will resist your efforts to transcend them. Ironically, to liberate yourself from such a desire, you may first have to yield to it.

By giving into temptation, you may discover that the combined pleasure of the expectation and the act itself is trumped by the pain of the consequence—whether that manifests as an upset stomach, an awkward social encounter, a guilty conscience, or the disappointment of not living up to your ever-evolving standards.

Recalling that pain, you will be less likely to allow the desire to consume you when next it rears up and demands fulfillment.

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from indomitable will.
Mahatma Gandhi

The stronger your yearning for oneness with the divine, the better your chances of transcending your craving. Identify with ego and denial of sense pleasures is excruciating. Surrender to spirit and denial can become exhilarating, steeped in meaning and purpose.

To become free of attachment means to break the link identifying you with your desires. The desires continue: They are part of the dance of nature. But a renunciate no longer thinks that he is his desires.
Ram Dass


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2 Responses to “Control Your Cravings or They Will Control You!”

  1. Glenn Danker Says:

    This is a very good and comprehensive blogpost about how the will of the mind is connected to the cravings we have. Many good examples used and I am able to reflect on myself about how strong is my will power.

    Btw, Phil, this is my blog link

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Glad you found the post meaningful, Glenn!

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