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Overcoming addiction to suffering
Hey guys! It's been a long time since I have been on here but I wanted to seek out some advice and wisdom.
So I've been reading a lot of Buddhist(inspired) literature, mostly books by Thich Nhat Hanh, the Dalai Lama, and articles on the web. I've also been practicing meditation to the best of my ability for a while now. I feel as if I'm starting to understand the teachings in a way that actually effects how I view the world, myself, and other people. I wrote this down a week ago as a summary of my understanding:
"The goal of practice is a calm, undisturbed mind. From this mind free of greed, hatred, and delusion we can act ethically.
Delusion is the root of suffering. Everything is compounded phenomena meaning that it is like an illusion. Nothing can ever provide us eternal happiness though we act as if things can. Through our delusion that things are permanent with inherent properties we cause our minds to become disturbed. We crave things that have exaggerated good qualities and hate things that have exaggerated bad qualities. From this agitated state of mind we act in ways that cause us to suffer."
Then situations occur where I'm faced with a decision. I can either act in a way that doesn't engage my cravings, aversions, and delusions, or I can act in a way that does and suffer as the consequence. I know that engaging in the three poisons results in suffering but I feel as if I'm addicted to acting out my passions. In the moment preceding my decision I see the choices and the consequences and pick suffering regardless.
What would be your advice to overcome this addiction to suffering?