Have you ever heard of “The Return of the Repressed”? This is a Freudian theory that states that when we repress our emotions they do not simply go away. Instead they remain in the unconscious, gaining strength. Later they manifest in a variety of dark and unpleasant ways like anger, hostility, depression, possibly even violence.
This theory is everywhere, from Edgar Allan Poe to Dracula to most of the horror movies you’ve ever seen. Why? Because it is deep, scary, and something you should seriously consider in your own life.
Addiction is almost always an attempt to repress, to push our emotions into the subconscious because we do not want to face them. In contrast, meditation brings everything into the light of truth. It helps us see what is going on beneath the surface and heal our pain. It is the antidote to addiction!
Many recent studies have found a strong connection between meditation and addiction recovery. Alcohol, drugs, smoking, and gambling are the big ones. But it can also help with the smaller, every day addictions that many of us have: sugar, television, or work. These addictions can cause surprising amounts of damage, particularly when we are not aware of them.
So, how about you? What are you addicted to? What do you depend on to make you feel all right? And can you be honest enough to admit it and bring it into the light of the conscious mind?
If you want to seriously consider these questions, download the worksheets below. They contain a series of questions to answer and some practices to help you overcome addiction.
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Are you ready for change? Ready to face up to those inner demons and begin to release the emotional pain which underlies your addiction? These worksheets have 3 questions to answer and 4 practices to help you overcome.
Here are the top 10 ways in which meditation helps you overcome addiction.