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Soft Addictions Template
What soft addiction do I turn to?
(Examples: Surfing the internet, Shopping, Constantly trying to please people)
What was happening right before I indulged in my soft addiction?
What event or circumstance triggered your soft addiction?
What primary emotions was I feeling prior to engaging in my soft addiction?
(Examples: Anger, Hurt, Sadness, Fear, Joy, Love)
What negative thoughts (stinking thinking) were going through my head during or after this event or situation?
(Examples: Magical Thinking: I am sure it will all work out somehow, Helpless/Hopeless: No matter what I do it won't make a dfference, Emotional Reasoning: I feel bad, I must be bad, Should statements: I should have done that earlier)
What mistaken beliefs may have triggered my stinking thinking and soft addiction?
(Examples: I am not beloved, worthy or precious, My emotions are not important, There is no support for me, The world is an uncaring place)
What positive thoughts or attitudes could you think instead?
Positive thought are thoughts reflecting the reality of the situation, or thoughts that are humorous, compassionate or forgiving.
(Examples: My contributions count in the big picture, I need to apply myself to make sure this works out, I can do it)
What spiritual hungers were you really longing for?
(Examples: To be heard, To feel connected, To do what I came here on earth to do, To learn)
What positive alternatives could you do instead of my soft addictions to meet your deeper hungers?
Call a friend and go to a play
To feel connected
Go to a museum or a lecture on a subject that intrigues you
Surfing the Internet
To learn and grow
"Shop" for friends, ideas, possibilities instead of stuff
To feel abundant
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