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What’s Your Hobby?

The workbook section of Addict America: The Lost Connection, suggests getting a hobby as a means to practice being “in the moment” and also to give you the satisfaction of creating something. This creation can be shared with others, leading to a solid Connection with all who view or hold it. It can also be shared spiritually, as when you are feeling the satisfaction of creation and completion and put that energy into the Universe. Hobbies need to be something created with your hands.

There is something healing in working with your hands and then having something solid to hold. I experienced this when I first held my book. I walked around the house just holding it, looking at it, feeling the weight and texture of it. I have the satisfaction of creation and completion and now sharing it with the world. I work on other hobbies, such as gardening, painting, and jigsaw puzzles. I try to bring that sense of “being in the moment” into all of my tasks and at those times I experience the sense of contentment and quiet happiness that is what we are all seeking when we are striving for money or finding a partner or just restlessly seeking something to satisfy us. We have it, right here, right now. This is it. A few years ago, I bought a set of chairs from a store that sells unfinished furniture. I began sanding the first chair and was overwhelmed by task ahead of me. Four chairs, sanding, staining, varnishing, another sanding, another coat of varnish – why had I gotten myself into this? Then I felt a shift in my attitude. I was outside, the sun was shining, the air was fresh, and I just relaxed into the moment. Instead of working to finish the job, I just enjoyed what I was doing. I felt the texture of the wood as I sanded and I attended to the details of each curve and angle as I stained and varnished. I now have four chairs that were done right and I feel proud of myself. I can look back and say “That was a good day.” Had I rushed the job just to get it done, I could not say that. I’d like to ask everyone to offer suggestions for a hobby. What do enjoy creating? What would you like to create? Let’s Connect with our ideas! You are subscribed to email updates from Addict America To stop receiving these emails, you may unsubscribe now. Email delivery powered by Google Google Inc., 20 West Kinzie, Chicago IL USA 60610