The Care and Feeding of Pet Peeves

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Make no mistake. It takes a good deal of our mental energy to maintain the little irritant places in our minds we like to call our pet peeves.

We can feel very indignant about having earned them and can justify them in a flash because we are so well rehearsed. But just like a pet of any variety they require nurturing and care on a regular basis. Then there is that factor of people actually looking like their pets. We can ...

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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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The Source of Pain, Fear and Suffering

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In this process of facing our problems or “walking through our fire” as I have discussed here it becomes necessary to start to break down the language and ask ourselves what we mean when we say certain things that we assume are true. What is the source of my pain, fear and suffering?

First of all, what is pain? In order to answer that for myself, I had to ask, what is the opposite of pain? What is it for you? ...

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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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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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Bringing It To Life

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The discussion here this month of a higher power and finding that connection within ourselves has led me to another thought. I’m thinking about how finding that for ourselves is absolutely essential to our own establishment and growth of self and Self. Growth of our self in our day to day lives of “being better people” and behaving in interactive constructive ways. Not the destructive methods of addictive, unhealthy behaviors. This being fostered by the growth of Self. The capital ...

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Getting Specific About Meditation

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So in this second month and looking at what we’ve covered thus far in second step thinking, I’d like to get more specific about what it means to have a “daily practice that develops my body, mind, heart, and soul”. This consists not only of new ways of conducting our outer lives but also, as we have begun to examine in Time for a Higher Power  and then Continue Reading →

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