The inner feeling of release from the bondage of compulsion

Our journey out of compulsion into freedom is a fascinating one. 

Because initially, whatever it is that we’re addicted to, eating, drinking, working, fucking, it’s done from a place of obsession. As a coping mechanism to avoid intimacy with our feelings. We have convinced ourselves that the behavior is about stopping the pain. 

But in reality, it only creates more. And over time, that compulsion soon spins in a circle and takes our energy without giving any back. 

Unless we make the decision to turn to a more nurturing and healthy menu of activities. To redistribute our time in ways that would be more satisfying. 

That’s where the freedom piece comes into play. Because once we retrain ourselves to do things from a place of meaning, with a posture of joy and towards a purpose of fulfillment, everything changes. 

We can work without being a workaholic, meaning we know how to set boundaries and clock out at the end of the week. 

We can love without being a love addict, meaning we can see reality on reality’s terms without the aid of unrealistic romantic fantasies. 

And so, the art and practice of making meaning and living our life purpose choices may include working and loving, but those things are no longer the sole arbiters of our identity. 

Indeed, the inner feeling of release from the bondage of compulsion is a glorious one. 


Are you learning to define freedom in different ways? * * * *

Scott Ginsberg

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