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Why Be Led Astray?

“the most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. it is the source of all true art and science. he to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead —his eyes are closed.” – Einstein


embrace the mysterious


Being led astray means stepping out of your comfort zone/the mind (from what is "normal" and "safe") and into the unknown: the wilderness of your unexplored potential; the land of the heart.


Why?  Because you deserve to be the best version of you.


Most of us crave adventure, new horizons, uninhibited self expression. Yet even the most brave and adventurous of us get stuck in our cozy little comfort zones, where it feels safe and familiar.

Now don't get me wrong, if you feel ecstatic in your comfort zone, stay there.

But the problem is that we cling to them even when we feel miserable.


The Nature of Addiction

According to renowned speaker and author Dr. Gabor Mate: "addiction is nothing more than an attempt to self-medicate emotional pain. It isn't the substance we are addicted to, it's the neuropeptides that our body produces when we take the drug or engage that that behaviour we are addicted to. We become addicted to neuropeptides that are associated with certain emotions, and this is why we can even become addicted to unpleasant emotions. For example a person with a victim mentality is addicted to the neuropeptides that are associated with that tone of feeling. The emotional tone becomes their comfort zone and they don't know what else to do about it. They don't know what else to feel because of no comparison to relate it to something else that they never fully experienced. The unknown is so scary that they prefer to stay addicted to the unpleasant emotions."


In a way, we live in a culture of addicts. Just about everyone has some kind of minor or major addiction, whether it be your phone, television, work, shopping, food, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, the gym, a particular person, money, gambling or sex, the list goes on. I have even heard of one lady who was addicted to eating washing powder.

Or perhap's its our ideas about addiction that are a little flawed.

Research has shown that no substance is addictive in itself. Not everyone goes shopping and becomes a shopaholic. Not everyone who drinks becomes an alcoholic. And when patients are given morphine in hospitals, it doesn't turn them into heroin addicts.

In the relatively recent experiment "Rat Park Heroin Experiment', rats were given a second choice of water, one that was laced with heroin, the results were very interesting. All the rats began drinking only the heroin laced water to the point that they all died. The rats were then given an amazing new environment to live in, one that had way more stimulation and interaction with other mice and guess what happened? They all preferred drinking the normal water and were no longer interested in killing themselves with the heroin laced water because life was better than the heroin highs! 

Interesting huh?

So if you sometimes feel bored, lost, stuck or powerless (kind of like the caged rats), if you routinely engage in addictive behaviour that medicates or distracts you from reality of the now, then perhaps what you really need is to be led astray a little...