Flexing and Building our Awareness

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It feels good to be sitting down and writing again!

Entering into the winter in a genuine way today with a good dump of snow was a good reminder that it was time to step back into getting some thoughts down “on paper” since it is a big part of what keeps me moving forward in my own growth and building awareness. As I established in a post almost a year ago, First Things First , these monthly (or ...

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Completing Ourselves

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While we are never complete we are always engaged in the process of completing ourselves. I like the seemingly paradoxical words, the journey is the destination. By settling down into the feeling of just being on the journey though, we find the destination.

Continuing this particular journey of discussing the Traditional 12 Steps of AA and the Integral 12 Steps here slowed down a bit for a while. Now it seems that the other pathways that my energies are flowing down ...

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Is Freedom a Choice?

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I attended the Integral Twelve Step Meeting at Alaska Wisdom Recovery this week and the topic was freedom. The thoughts went down so many great branches! So many that today, while those branches spread, I am going back to the roots.

This Summer Solstice weekend also marks Fathers Day and my three-year anniversary of sobriety. I have talked about transparency here quite a bit and am going to offer up some more. It is what keeps me sober and with ...

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The Healing Work… Ready?

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This sixth month is bringing on… guess what… sixth step discussion! This is an exciting episode in our unfolding adventure! When we last saw our heroes they had completed an inventory in their fourth step and shared it in their fifth. Having their cards on the table they were ready to drop the front, become more transparent and allow real transformation to begin for themselves and in their lives.

As our heroes continue on their trek of destiny they spot two ...

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Let’s Get Real – A Personal Inventory

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Hooray! Fourth month, fourth step talk. As always my approach is a Personal Recovery Plan that includes counseling, group meetings/support and 12 step involvement. That mix is as individual as each person’s recovery and I always like to offer a balanced look at personally interpreting the 12 Steps for one’s own growth. Again I present the Wisdom Traditions Integral Twelve Steps along with the traditional as an inclusive approach more than comparative. Find the message for yourself that clicks for ...

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Allowing Our Success

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Ok… The third month and two-thirds of it gone. Talk about going with the flow!

The demands of the new position I accepted as Program Coordinator at Alaska Wisdom Recovery has proven to be very demanding of my time and attention. It is also proving to be rewarding beyond my imagination of what it would be like.

Again, life is showing that allowing things to simply flow into place, along ones held intention, proves to present possibilities that exceed what ...

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Going With the Flow

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Going with the flow. That’s something we’ve heard a lot when struggling against…whatever.

Why is that so hard for us to do? Because we have been trained that we need to do and control to survive and get ahead. Not just trained by life experience but by the very structure of our brain and its resulting operation. Millions of years of ancestry that learned how to survive and passed this knowledge along through our very DNA and thereby the structure that ...

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Time for a Higher Power

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In following the suggestion that the most effective recovery programs include both 12 step program involvement and personal/group counseling. I want to present a look at the second step here. I commented on the first Step in the post First Things First.

As I stated there, these 12 Step Principles are especially effective when they are stated in an integral way. That is, non-specific to any one area of addictive or unhealthy behaviors that create a ...

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First Things First

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I‘ve mentioned before the effectiveness and importance of 12 step programs. There is a strong reason that so many organizations have seen success with the 12 steps. They are more than a means of personal recovery, they are an effective road map for life. I feel it is important to emphasize that map metaphor. The map is not the journey. The interpretation of the 12 steps and other resources needs to be made for each person to develop their Continue Reading →

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The Shortest Day or the Longest Night

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Here we are at the turning point of Winter Solstice. Whether you see the glass half empty or half full pretty much calls it on how you view this tipping point of daylight. Of course, both are true but they each feel a little different.

I’m experiencing a wonderful Holiday Season of ups and downs. I get to watch and appreciate them now instead of being on the roller coaster and getting nauseous.

I’ve written before about how in early recovery I ...

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