One thing people think about is habits. Supposedly there are good ones and bad ones. This would definitely involve cause and effect.
One reason I got involved in meditation and the dharma was addiction. I was in college, and drinking and generally having “too much fun.” This kind of fun actually is really miserable. Maybe you understand. Some kinds of fun are really miserable.
Encountering the dharma, I found something that addressed the turmoil I was feeling. At the time, I was trying to get clean. As it goes, this can take some time. I don’t think that’s unusual. I have been clean for about five years now (aside from coffee and the occasional drink).
When I started practicing and studying, I had this thought: “you replace some addictions with other ones.” You start out with five minutes of meditation in the morning, and within a few years, you’re doing half an hour, taking a class here or there, or listening to CDs. It can spread to all areas of your life.
So, for people who are addicted to something, which could be a lot of people, the teachings provide a positive addiction. Whether addiction itself is problematic is the next question, I think.
me: “I keep trying to find the breath, in my nose, my throat, out there, in here, I can’t really find it. I can’t find it. It’s like this obsessive process of-”
teacher: “Obsessive, huh?”