|The heart with a mind of its own.(Be present.)||The mind with a heart of its own.(It's past.)||The dream that is your waking life.(Go there now.)|
The Brain is one of those brains that doesn't let go of stuff easily. Consequently, I have become very, very hesitant about picking up things that The Brain might take a destructive liking to. That is, if I think developing an addiction to something might be destructive, then I shy away from it. Strange as it sounds, sugar is one of the destructive things I try to avoid. Drinking and smoking are less problematic. With drinking and smoking, my strategy is to take a soft approach. I would say now that I am a non-drinker and a non-smoker, though I have been both a drinker and a smoker in the past and I may return to both in the future. When I need a drink or a cigarette, I'll have one. Understand that it's been about two years since I've had a cigarette, and about six months since the last time I drank (two weak-ish gin and tonics one evening last summer).
Of course, none of that applies to addictions to non-destructive things. Can it still be called an addiction if the thing I'm addicted to is non-destructive? I think it can. I think the word addiction defines my relationship to the object I am addicted to, not the outcome of that relationship. For example, I am addicted to surfing the internet. I am addicted to