Posted by Michael Pollard (184.108.40.206) on September 23, 2000 at 05:02:26:
In Reply to: renunciation posted by kasandra on September 22, 2000 at 19:02:44:
My personal renunciation experiences are of small things. I used to be a Coca-Cola fiend. Heck, I could drink 4 liters a day no sweat. Today I still drink it, not in liters and not as my solitary drink. I drink some at lunch, and maybe some at home. I also drink a lot of juice, water, or nothing at all. Not haveing coke is ok, I still enjoy it but without it I'm just as good; I'm not driven by coke, that's the point. Other things are like companionship. I've always been a loner, but at school I had to have friends around or I felt bad and lonly. Right now (lunch) I don't feel that way, and haven't even ate lunch with anybody all year, it doesn't bother me. These are two things which used to drive me nuts, but which no longer bother me. Other attachments which are gradually being reduced involve food in general. My method of renunciation is to question myself about just how important these things are, honestly and without sugar coating. Before to long I see why these things aren't that important, and this is
the time I usually drop that activity for a while (a day, or so). I droped Coke for a week and I feel healthier both, mentally and physically, because if it. This is whar I do, it works for me but maybe not everyone. Also, these are pretty soft attachments. Things like spicy foods or food in general (for over eaters) can prove difficult and be cultivated gradually. Anyway, Metta.
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