The Problem of Smoking and Other Bad Habits in The Modern World
In this book you will learn how false desires are formed in our perception, what are the main aspects of self-deception of any bad habit, and what we can do to destroy any false desire through our own efforts. More
Any unnatural desire is based on a sense of hope. We just always hope to get some joy or a little happiness from the actions which we expect in the near future. Therefore, in order to be free from any false desire, first and foremost, it is necessary to learn how to truly live in the present. Unfortunately, we are always forced to live either in thought about the past or about the future, since our attention automatically follows every spontaneous impulse in our mind. Therefore, it is impossible with the help only of our desire to start living in the present, since spontaneous impulses in the mind will not allow us this. In order to really live here and now it is necessary to prevent our attention to follow these impulses. In a sense, motion of our attention with the spontaneous impulses in the mind is only a wrong habit; which is usually formed when a person becomes an adult. If we learn to notice that our attention is captured by these spontaneous impulses, then we can make sure that all unnatural desires seem real only in this spontaneous stream of thinking. If you do not allow your attention to immerse in this illusory mental reality, then inhaling smoke, drinking alcohol and other unnatural desires may seem as they really are – disgusting unnecessary action. Roughly speaking, separating one's attention from the stream of spontaneous thinking a person may return to a real feeling “here and now” – to that mental state in which he was in childhood. Young children, being in the true perception of reality do not need any unnatural ways of self-satisfaction, since their attention has not yet been glued together with a stream of thoughts. It is not surprising that in the modern world there are many ways of self-satisfaction – everything that you could think of. And all of these desires seem real only because the attention of an adult person is automatically immersed in the thought of what he just saw, heard or felt. Roughly speaking, a person instantly supplements his perception of something in the mind with the anticipation (expectation) of some pleasure or satisfaction. Of course, in this illusory mental process any absurd desire can begin to seem real, since the imagination of a modern person has no limit.