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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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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Who Is This “We” in “Me”? Question Everything.

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It seems that growth happens faster and faster as the attention leans more and more on easing up and is loosened from the grip of old ways of thinking. This easing up keeps coming as long as I follow some of the best advice I ever got from a bumper sticker. I love that advice…Question Everything. Especially what I might believe is already “figured out”.

I’m sure some of the people that have that bumper sticker are coming from a place ...

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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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Going a Little Deeper

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I think it is important to say again that what I put forward here is what makes sense to me and I am in no way saying this is the way it is or being ‘preachy’ in any way. I offer my view point in the hope it resonates with someone and they develop their own “way” because that’s all we have that’s real and lasting.

I’m ready to go a little deeper into this topic of Higher Power that was ...

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Moving Toward Clarity

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Our Starting Line is all about clarity. The clarity gained in recovery and all the new meanings that word has for us. The new meanings it has for us now and will have as we gain more of it.

There is clarity of thought of course. Not being dope sick, hung over or in full on regret and guilt mode over an unhealthy behavior is an obvious leap forward in clarity. Removing this weight frees the mind to use its energy ...

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