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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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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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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Working Together With Ourselves

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When someone crosses the threshold of change, or even contemplates it, there is a sense of conflict. A battle between the two parts that seem to make up “us”. One part wants to be sober and one part keeps driving to drink. One part wants to stay out of the casino and another craves it. One part that wants healthy behavior and another that is caught in a behavior pattern that is unhealthy.

 

These two parts seem to be in in ...

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It Is So Much More

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I like words. I like to delve deeper into the meaning of words. The root of words in old language is always interesting and gives new perspective on their meaning. Not just for us but for society, who just takes the word for granted, and doesn’t have time to get wrapped up in the significance of what is really being said.
A simple example is the word DISEASE. it is a “DIS” ...
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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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