Episode 90 Craving To Quit With Judson Brewer

“In their quest for happiness, people mistaken excitement of the mind for real happiness.”

-Sayadaw U Pandita. 

Discussing Judson Brewers book “The Craving Mind: from cigarettes to smartphones to love, why we get hooked and how we can break bad habits” this interview explores addiction in a new way.  From cigarettes, to love, he helps people get to the root of their addiction using mindfulness techniques. 

Topics Covered In This Episode:

  • What inspired you to write this book?
  • What is addiction?
  • What is trigger-behaviour-reward habit?
  • How can this shape behaviour?
  • How do we become addicted?
  • How do we recognize addiction?
  • How does dopamine play a roll?
  • What are craving triggers?
  • What is addiction to technology?
  • Is it possible to become addicted to ourselves?
  • What’s an addiction to distraction?
  • What does it mean to be addicted to thinking?
  • How does this relate to depression?
  • How can we relate to our thoughts differently?
  • What does it mean to be addicted to love?
  • What is the difference between love and being addicted to love?
  • How do we get in our own way?
  • how can we start to be mindful of our own addictions?
  • How can we learn to just be with our cravings?
  • What’s the difference between suffering and happiness?
  • What is empathy?
  • What is empathy fatigue?
  • What is flow?
  • How can meditation help us?
  • How can someone get ahold of you/book/website?