Being Mindful is the Cure to Alcoholism
The cure to over-drinking. Mindfulness.
1. the state or quality of being mindful or aware of something.
- a technique in which one focuses one's full attention only on the present, experiencing thoughts, feelings, and sensations but not judging them:
The practice of mindfulness can reduce stress and physical pain.
- the mental state maintained by the use of this technique.
You don't have a choice. We don't have a choice. As a person who gets overwhelmed from the moment she wakes up in the morning, I didn't realize what a part that the overwhelmingness played in my over-drinking. Drinking was my safe haven, my moment to myself, my way to take my overwhelmed feeling and squash it. Alcohol works to squash the stressors. But, it squashes everything. Happiness, sadness, life. It takes away your ability to feel. Your life becomes an activity of complacency. It becomes a lifeless life where you are existing within a feelingless nothing.
You guys know that I do not think of alcoholism as a disease. But, it truly doesn't matter what I think. If alcoholism is treated like a disease, people are more likely to recover. It is not cancer. There is a cure. The cure is to be mindful. Being mindful is just learning to feel. If you notice that you are feeling sad, feel sad. Note the reason why, feel it, and then let your mind move on to the next feeling. Notice how you notice. Notice how you exist. Are you constantly looking for the negative situations? Stop. Look for the present happiness. The beauty. The people. The positive.
I used to get very stressed because people would ask me what time it is over and over at work. I would always think, "why can't they just figure out the time change themselves?" "Why don't people wear watches?" "Why on earth do so many people need to know the time right now over the Atlantic Ocean?" That was me not dealing with my feelings and probably being hungover and depressed.
But, now, when the 10th person asks what time it is, I think to myself. "Isn't it interesting that people are getting to escape their cell phones right now?" "Isn't it beautiful that people are talking to each other where if they had access to a connected cell phone, they'd just let it do the time change for them?" "Isn't it annoying?" Yep.
Life will always be one step ahead of you, learn to notice your feelings in the moment. Feel them without judgment. What time is it?