Keepin’ it Real – Core Values

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I have written about transparency here a good deal. Open honesty about feelings, beliefs and just the way things seem to be. All the things I used to bury. It seemed simpler that way. Other people’s opinions about me are none of my business…as they say. By living that way I get a certain weightlessness of spirit and things that could have collected up on me and become a “problem” rather just flutter away in the breeze, the flow of ...

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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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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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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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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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Flipping the Switch

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In discussing the change that comes into a life in recovery we can find many common elements. People comment all the time that they went to a meeting and heard “their story”. They thought they were alone and unique but then find others stories and realizations about their lives to all too familiar. the characters may be different but the story is the same.

There are the common stories of ‘hitting bottom”. The bottom… when we come to a place that ...

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Caring for Your Self

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Thinking about our own self care and Self care is essential to our recovery.

I went looking at images and searched by “attention to self”. Interestingly this brought up almost all negative imagery of self hurt and psychological disorders. So apparently Google follows a rather popular social construct that attention to self is self-ish.

We were taught, “it is better to give than to receive” and self sacrifice is a virtue. While these are both true, it is also true that you ...

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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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