Joe Paprocki’s fifth question in 7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness is:
What scratches your itch?
…On a spiritual level, we all have an itch. It’s that chronic, gnawing sense of discomfort that begs for a scratch. Most of the time we don’t identify the source of the itch. We just scratch. And scratch. And scratch. We find ways to bring about temporary relief. But it’s only temporary. We often scratch to excess, breaking the “skin” of our soul and causing harm to ourselves without eliminating the source of said itch.
Joe lists some of the ways we bring about temporary relief: shopping, eating, drinking alcohol, using drugs, gambling, smoking, exercising, having sex, playing video games, blogging [!], tweeting, surfing the internet, watching TV and working.
Of course, most of these things, if engaged in with conscious moderation, are not at all harmful, but once we want and need any of them to feel “good,” then we’re on the wrong path.