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Spiral of addiction

Posted by Tony Mellor on Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Hello everyone

Well 2010 is well and truly underway. The event on the 28th January got me thinking about the services offered, the journey of recovery and myself.

I believe that for many people this is the time to make a choice and decided which path they want to go down; the journey of recovery or the spiral of addiction?

I was watching The Matrix on the TV the other day and at one point Morpheus has to decide between taking a red pill or a blue pill, so in a way he was having to make a choice about which ‘path’ he was going to go down

“You take the blue pill. The story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill. You stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”

–Morpheus, The Matrix

In The Matrix, the blue pill symbolizes ignorance; clinging to security, instead of searching for truth. Blue pills are all over the personal development map. Personal development is supposed to be about self growth, being more productive, improving your health, building your confidence, and tackling challenges so that they are used to enhance your wisdom, response ability to life, compassion, and gratitude. All of which translate to emotional resilience through mindfulness.

But most of the time, personal development is about losing weight, going on more dates, making better pay, avoiding pain, meditating for the wrong reasons, becoming more complacent, shoving your Ego aside, being happier for the sake of appearances, striving for superficial passion, and faking optimism. These are all blue pills, distractions from what’s really important.

They keep you asleep. Unaware of your real goals, beliefs, values, dreams, and aspirations. And they keep you from embracing your emotional self, especially all the hurts and the dark and scary places.

Have a look at this following link as it can help us all with our own journey of recovery. Blue pill or red pill, what will you chose?

Over and out

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