Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Armor


By 
Chris Newcomb, M.Div. 

"We tend to wear suits of armor one over the other...We hope we will not have to completely undress" - Chogyam Trungpa

In the middle ages, soldiers wore suits of armor to protect themselves from swords, spears, and axes wielded by their enemies.  These suits were heavy and awkward to wear.  They often were too hot and made evasive maneuvers very difficult to execute.  

Today, wearing a suit of armor to battle is a ridiculous notion.  However, most of us wear a suit of armor on a day-to-day basis.  It might be a psychological suit.  It might be a social suit.  It could even be a fashion suit, pardon the pun. 

Most of us are not quite comfortable in our skin being exactly who we are.  Enter: the suit.  The suit is our way of hoping to be accepted, liked, and  even be popular to our peers.  It is usually a hopeless, unending task that never seems to satisfy.

This is exactly how many people get pulled into addiction.  Trying to be accepted, they put on the 'party suit' and try to fit in.  Then, when brain chemistry dictates that they are an addict, they are trapped in this clunky, awkward, heavy suit that holds them as a prisoner.  

Here's a thought:  take off the suit.  Take it off piece by piece.  Remove your helmet that hides your true thoughts.  Think for yourself.   Remove the chest plate that keeps your heart hidden and locked up.  Open your heart to feelings and to love for self and others.  Remove the shoes that keep your feet unable to tread on their own.  Take action and move in a different direction.  

I'll let you in on a little secret:  it's ok that you're messed up!  We all are.  Acknowledging it and accepting it are two great steps to minimize it's influence in your world.  Lose the armor.  You will feel much lighter!

At The Coleman Institute, we specialize in helping people get clean clean and stay clean from alcohol and drugs.  We love to see the smile on our patients faces when they are clean and sober!  If you or someone you love is in need of detox from opiatesalcohol, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitant to call Jennifer Pius at 1-877-77-DETOX (33869).

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