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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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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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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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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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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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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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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