Beyond all addictions, whether it is sex, drugs, alcohol, TV or video games, the greatest addiction humanity suffers from is thinking. Most of the external addictions that we suffer from are manifestations of our addiction to thinking. In order to not think, we binge on alcohol and TV to alleviate boredom. What is boredom? The thought that we could be doing something else right now. Indeed, it is simply a thought. This is why we grow increasingly bored with things that we do repeatedly. What we are doing now is no longer enough, we begin to think that there must be something better. We believe that it is our current situation that creates the boredom. We do not see that it is our thought that actually causes the boredom. Anxiety, at the mildest form, is boredom. Go further and you have anger, jealousy, guilt, hatred and a whole spectrum of nastiness. All the result of compulsive thinking. When we begin to believe our thoughts and identify with them, we start to spin elaborate stories that victimize ourselves and others. We no longer have control over our mind and instead, our mind controls us. The role of the master and the servant becomes reversed, and therein lies humanity’s downfall.
For most of us, controlling what we think can be a difficult task. Especially since we spent majority of lives thinking. A simple way to counteract this is to acknowledge a thought when we perceive it. Once we have acknowledged its existence, drop it. We do not have to follow our thoughts. Do this enough and the mind’s grip on you will weaken, eventually operating only when you require it to.