PMO forms nuerological pathways, ruts in our mental roads that can take time to smooth out. Think of it like having grooves or furrows in your brain from repeating the same cycle of overstimulation and neurochemical release over and over. These are deep channels that your thoughts will be drawn to like wheels on the wagon of your mental processes. Your urges will also be drawn to these channels because they are physiological as well as mental. That is why PMO is so addictive, and so hard to break completely free from. At first, you might make your daily trek down the road of your routines (work, school, family, friends, recreation, pastimes, eating, sleeping, and other activities) and struggle to find anywhere that does NOT have PMO ruts you need to avoid. But over time, the ruts get filled in with positive habits, emotions, thoughts, and relationships. That's why we reboot, to give our life roads a chance to even out and get some repaving and guardrails. After being PMO-free for a while, you may go days or weeks without stumbling into one of these ruts. But some may remain for years before your brain chemistry and habituation are rewired to make the path smoother, and even then, you won't ever be completely immune to the lures of PMO because we evolved to respond to procreative opportunities a certain way. Your nature makes you susceptible to becoming aroused by sexual stimuli. Pornography overstimulates those responses, Masturbation intensifies the neurochemical reaction to them, and Orgasm provides short term reward feedback to the whole system. The good news is that you are on the path to freedom from PMO ruling over you. It may be discouraging to be told that the road is long to recovery, and you may never forget those images and feelings completely, but you CAN become the master of your mind and decide what thoughts and images you entertain. Uninvited lustful thoughts may pop up on the stage of our mind, and unwelcome PMO urges and arousal may hit you out of nowhere, but breath deeply, acknowledge them as temporary things, and let them all leave as soon as they arrive. Tell them they are not part of the real you, are not welcome in your life, and let them slip past without so much anguish. That's my check in for today.