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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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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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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Individuality is the Key

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Individuality is the key AND the lock it seems.

Be Yourself! That sounds like a cat poster but it gets overused for a reason. It is the major key to understanding and gaining ground in personal growth.

There are so many general guidelines to finding the best path. The teachings of a religious belief, The Twelve Steps, in both the original form and newer Integral Twelve Steps, and the bulging “Self Help” section of the bookstore (aka Amazon). All of these resources ...

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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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A Time for Change

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If everything in your life is perfect and as you want it, you can skip this post entirely…
Change is a topic that a lot of people touch on about now in the form of the New Year’s Resolution. A vow to stop smoking, lose weight, get fit, or somehow make some kind of a dent in their “should” list. It’s indeed interesting to look at how change really happens for people.

Everyone in recovery has a point when there came ...

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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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There is a starting line for the rest of your life.

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I’m calling this A Starting Line because of what I have experienced in recovery. It represents a starting line for everybody because everyone is in recovery from something. Substance or alcohol abuse, a traumatic experience as a child or an adult… I even have friends that joke about being recovering Catholics. They all have common elements.

Whether an isolated traumatic incident or a longer period of time that we have lived with certain behaviors, they all have some common elements. Shame, ...

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