Distractions & Addictions
When on the path of healing it can be very hard to actually get anywhere. In order to actually make progress we have to eliminate our addictions and distractions, the reason for this is that a lot of the time addictions and distractions act as band-aids and cover ups for the trauma we must face. Once we do begin healing, tough things come up that we must work through and deal with. This is not always comfortable and can be very anxiety inducing and painful. It can even feel like we are making things worse. We must trust the process and stay strong, these pains and anxieties are coming up because they have been repressed for years and are finally feeling safe enough to emerge and be transmuted. You must stay strong and not get lost in these feelings. Take a person who uses alcohol or food to cover up there pain and take them away from reality. Once they begin to cut those things out to allow the body to bring up whatever it was the alcohol and food was distracting him from, it is going to suck. This person is really going to feel tempted to grab a drink or eat a burger. However, as much as this sucks, it is great news, once this pain is faced, accepted and dealt with, it dissolves from the body. Not to say it will never come back again but it will loose its strength and grip over that person and become weaker and weaker each time it is transmuted. This is healing, it is a process and it takes time and suffering. To heal you must cut out all distractions and addictions in your life, think outside the box, what do you use to distract yourself from your demons? Some examples are; Internet, Social Media, Reading Books, Porn, Sex, Drinking, Partying, Socializing, TV, Netflix, Food, Coffee, Podcasts, etc . Basically, what is keeping you from being completely with yourself for a few hours a day?
Healing on Steroids
This next activities pertains to the point just made about cutting out the things that distract you from dealing with your “stuff”. If you want to take the path of patience it will work just as well and you can ease into the new changes, however, if you feel you can take on a lot of suffering and push through, here are some ways to increase your rate of healing in a much faster way.
Dopamine Fast; This is a pretty intense cutting out of all things that may distract you, many things you love for a weekend. The list includes, Music, Sex, TV, Internet, Electronics and even Food for the hard-core healers. Here is an awesome video explaining a Dopamine Fast; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vl-44jDYDJQ
Meditation Retreat; Vipassana meditations include 10 days of silence in which you meditate and introspect for 10 hours a day. There is no way you can walk out of one of these retreats without profound healing. You can check availability on this official site; https://www.dhamma.org/en-US/index
Psychedelics; Psychedelics can be used to reach profound levels of inner healing. However, they must be used safely. Ayahuasca, MDMA, LSD, and Mushrooms have all proven to significantly change peoples’ lives for the better. Refer to my post here, point #7; https://blessedlion.com/2019/04/03/7-ways-to-rewire-your-brain-for-happiness/
Workshops; Do some research on Workshops specific to your healing. If it is anxiety look up support groups in your area, if it past trauma, look up support groups and classes. Meetup.com usually has some pretty specific communities.
Travel; Taking time off to just travel alone can be amazingly healing. Spending time in new communities can open you to how other people live and