How Meditation Helps You Quit Porn

 

 

When we hear the term “meditation”, we tend to imagine ourselves(or someone else) sitting cross-legged in silence or chanting some mantra. Well, there’s a lot more to meditation than meets the eye and if you’re trying to quit porn, meditation is one of the most powerful tools you can use to reach your goal.

In order to understand how meditation works as a tool to quit porn, you’ll have to keep an open mind. Although this is a short article, it may get deep at certain points. Most therapies for porn addiction employ some methods and techniques from meditation inadvertently, but very few advocate or are even aware of using meditation as a stand alone treatment for porn addiction.

Initially, you may start using porn for a number of reasons, but eventually, porn use becomes a reaction to the uncomfortable body sensations which result from the constant interconnection between mind and body , and the thoughts which accompany these reactions. You don’t get addicted to any kind of inherent quality in porn itself; although it can sometimes seem that way, such as “I’m addicted to watching transvestite porn”. You get addicted to the sensations in your body. By watching porn, a certain kind of biochemical process starts in the body and you experience a sensation which you develop a liking for. You first develop a craving for it, then a habit and finally get addicted to the sensation. Addiction is therefore a continuum: you want to enjoy the sensation again and again.

Ok, brace yourself for some deep stuff. In physics, it has been recognized that the objective and subjective cannot be separated. Recent scientific studies support this important point; that any experience that arises in or consciousness is a subjective experience, not part of an independent external world. Although we experience the outside world as a series of sensory objects, what actually comes to our senses is energy in the form of vibrations of different frequencies.

The unconscious mind, which is still beyond the understanding of modern science, is in constant contact with these energy schemes, often simply described in modern physics as heaps of statistical probabilities. These vibrations carry no subjective information, they just carry objective value. They trigger neural codes, which are transformed by the brain and its judgements into a model of an external world.

This model is given a subjective value and projected outwards to form the subjective world. Unfortunately, we call this mixture of subjective and objective components the objective world. From the fact that many of us see a similar external world, we can only deduce that we have similar models. The similarity of models does not necessarily imply the uniformity of the world that gives rise to those models.

Porn addiction means addiction to a certain type of vibration that has been created by the drug use and the subsequent chemical processes in the body. The addiction has gone to the deepest level of the mind, and there is every likelihood of it becoming rooted in the deep unconscious. As meditation reaches the unconscious level of the mind by working with the sensations, it can remove the roots of addiction.

The deepest level of the mind is constantly in contact with bodily sensations. As we develop awareness of the sensations and observe them with equanimity, the porn addiction at the subconscious level is automatically removed.

This interrelation of mind and matter is the key to meditation and it was a crucial significance in the teachings of the Buddha. “Whatever arises in the mind is accompanied by sensation.”. Therefore, observation of sensations offers a means to examine the totality of one’s being, physical as well as mental.

When you, as a porn addict understand that observing yourself at the level of sensation is the key to coming out of addiction, and begin to work on sensations with meditation, you will begin to recover. Be aware that mediation is not some kind of magical cure or miracle. Progress requires a strong will to come out of addiction, and also a strong will to work towards this goal by observing yourself at the level of sensations.

 

 

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