Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Don't even own a mobile (and don't plan to) so for me the problem is simply that I enjoy coffee too much, and have hard time with limits sometimes. Personally I don't think I will ever solve addictive behavior simply by aversion. It's been my experience that running away from things as fast as I can like that just brings me in a complete circle right back to them full throttle. Currently i've cut my coffee in half and that seems to be helping.
Meh, I wouldn't stress it.
Just take a couple days off every week, you'll be fine.
Maybe detox for a week or two if you feel yourself getting overly dependent.
I'm in the same boat as Lhug-Pa, tea makes me much more jittery than coffee.
Black coffee really just keeps me from getting drowsy at work.
I agree with you that swearing things off in a fit of aversion often leads right back to those behaviors.
I don't think it's any worse than smoking cannabis
However, in the same sense, it also gives rise to clinging and is a mind-altering substance.
"Mind-altering substance" usually, in relation to the 5 precepts, implies intoxication leading to heedlessness, which leads to breaking other precepts.
Cannabis does not make you a better driver, for example, whereas coffee doesn't affect performance in a negative way.
I think you'd be hard pressed to say that coffee was on the same level of health risk as smoking cannabis.
Smoking anything has significant cancer risk.
Smoking cannabis + smoking cigarettes has a much higher risk than smoking either alone.
At the risk of angering the greg, I will answer this now off topic post about cannabis:
I'd like to see studies that show cannabis use causes a higher rater of accidents. http://norml.org/library/item/marijuana ... c-evidence
I'd also like to see the correlation between smoking cannabis and cancer. http://norml.org/component/zoo/category ... g-the-risk
Honestly, I think coffee can be much more dangerous than cannabis. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_effects_of_coffee
It seems like there's as many detrimental effects as positive. Plus there's the physical addiction.
If you're suffering from drowsiness, perhaps you should change the way to sit to a more erect posture or you could be sleep deprived.
As far as breaking the habit goes; Getting away from the coffee and the friends who drink it may give you a clear head. Up at the sangha I'm currently living at, there's no smoking allowed, so it has been great to clear my head and let me see my cannabis habit from a different perspective. Unfortunately, everyone here drinks tea, so for me it's just like replacing one habit with another. But it's also FRICKEN COLD up here with all the wind, so a warm drink always seems particularly appealing.
But if you put yourself in a situation where you physically can't have what you're addicted to, I think the cravings will subside a lot easier than when there's a can of coffee in the cabinet and your coffee machine sitting on the counter. Those are a constant tug at you to just give in. Of course, with such widespread acceptance, a coffee shop on every corner and coffee in nearly every store, you pretty much have to be a hermit to avoid it completely.
Perhaps vowing to uphold the fifth precept for a week or even a day or two a week for a month will help you ween yourself away from it and towards the Dharma. You have a precious human life, what a shame it would be to waste it the throws of caffeine addiction.