I'm new to this site and have been looking for any discussions on compulsive eating or other addictions. I haven't come across any yet so I thought to post this. I've been a Theravadin practitioner for about seven years. My practice has led to some really incredible transformations in my life; all of which came about without my seeking any in particular.
My practice these days has begun to focus on what I think is "raw" craving that arises at times and might point to food now, something else at another time. It arises without any thought consciously preceding it....it's like this craving comes first, and then the mind moves towards something to escape the feeling of craving. If I simply can be aware of this feeling without doing anything to escape or distract, it will go away on it's own (much easier said than done, the feeling is really incredibly unpleasant). I'd really like to hear other's experiences with the "raw" feeling of craving.