A way out of addiction to pornography and cybersex

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Earlier this year a spirituality.com chat featured two practitioners and teachers of Christian Science: Ginny Luedeman from Salem, Oregon; and Mark Swinney, who teaches in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They responded to questions about how to gain freedom from addiction to pornography and cybersex. This excerpt has been edited for readability. To read or hear the whole chat, click here.

Unhealthy sexual fantasies or browsing Internet porn, seem occasional and separate from my main living of my life—and not much of a problem. Yet, I know in my heart I want to stop. How can I break the cycle?

Ginny: Grandma taught me how to knit when I was a little girl. She was good, and every once in a while I would drop a stitch when I was learning. What I learned was that if I didn't pick up the dropped stitch, the whole thing could come unraveled. Every stitch is vital in the fabric, and I think of our moments as stitches in the fabric of our lives. To think that one moment isn't important is, to me, kind of like learning how to knit. Every moment is a stitch and every one is vital, so I cherish the moments because they really do make up the big picture.

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November 29, 2010

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