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Excess & Addiction: how to help our children & ourselves

19 June 2011 No Comment

I discuss with Ernestine Hendricks on WTWG 1050 AM how to teach our children through our own lives how to combat excesses and addictions by not giving in to our compulsions–eating, drinking, drugs, sex, gambling, smoking among others. We are the models our children imitate and emulate. We need to develop and maintain well functioning boundaries with ourselves and with others. The famous French philosopher Pascal said that most of man’s problems come from the inability to sit quietly in a room alone. Sitting quietly leads to meditation and introspection. We are compulsively busy to avoid the silence that brings us home to ourselves. The Delphic oracle told Socrates his task: Know Thyself. I have a good friend who says there are three things in life that are very hard: steel, diamonds, and to know thyself. When we know ourselves and can own our problems we change. When we embrace our demons they no longer control us. To find true peace take charge of your own life and be responsible for everything you think, say, and do.

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