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The Detox Period

October 3, 2012

Book CoverWhen you refrain from habitual thoughts and behavior, the uncomfortable feelings will still be there. They don’t magically disappear. Over the years, I’ve come to call resting with the discomfort “the detox period,” because when you don’t act on your habitual patterns, it’s like giving up an addiction. You’re left with the feelings you were trying to escape. The practice is to make a wholehearted relationship with that.

From Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change, page 36.





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1 Response to The Detox Period

  • jeff zimmerman says:

    You’re left with the feelings you were trying to escape. the feelings will always be there. You must learn to except them but not always react. They are a form of personal baggage that will always remain.
    It's not a bad thing..

    Posted on October 4, 2012 at 4:11 pm

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