“Pleasure is in no way the enemy in our search for happiness, it comes and goes. When it’s here, we tend to grasp at it; when it’s gone, we want more. That addiction is the untrained heart-mind’s natural reaction to anything pleasurable. This is clear in the Buddha’s Second Noble Truth: the cause of suffering is craving for pleasure.
Though we speak of ourselves as addicts, drug addicts, sex addicts, alcoholics, food addicts, what we are really addicted to isn’t the substances or the behaviors—drugs or sex or food or alcohol—but our own minds. We are addicted to that part of the *MIND THAT CRAVES,* that says we *MUST* satisfy this desire or that. Even in 12-step recovery programs that view addiction as a disease, it is said that the drugs and alcohol are only a symptom of an internal imbalance. That’s why we say that our relationship to craving is the problem, not the substances or behaviors themselves.
This is the place where the spiritual practice of recovery comes in. The Buddha’s “against the stream” principle tells us that it’s counterinstinctual: it goes against our very human survival instincts to accept pain and not chase pleasure. It is a veritable internal battle, because breaking the addiction to our knee-jerk satisfaction of craving goes against our natural human tendencies. When life is uncomfortable, we naturally want it to change; when life is good, we want things to stay as they are. It goes against our nature to stop trying to satisfy our craving, to allow the craving to be there without reacting to it.”
一Noah Levine | “Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist Path to Recovering from Addiction.”
"Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much." James 5:16
Pray for One Another~
With a Big Dose of Humility~
This Christian walk is any thing but comfortable. We are called not only to confess our sins but to confess them to one another. That takes a lot of humility!
Some modern-day churches are walking in arrogance not humility and are stripping away the most fundamental practices of the Christian faith.
One being the confession of sin to one another. It is more common to hear the "church" say, "we all sin so let's not make anyone uncomfortable. Matter of fact we will just not talk about it." When it is not talked about it is forgotten and sin is looked as ok. Sin is not ok!
That is not what the word of God teaches. James is teaching the brethren, the believer, to confess their sins to one another. Confession is good for the soul and brings healing. Unconfessed sin in a true believer is the exact opposite, it crushes and makes sick the soul and the body.
The goal of confession is healing. There is healing in the heart when we confess and admit to one another a sin area in our life we are struggling with. The call of the church is to carry the burdens of one another, one burden being sin.
It takes humility to confess sin to one another. It also takes humility to listen and pray for your brother or sister in Christ!
Do you have a sin that needs confessing? Take it to your brother or sister today. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.