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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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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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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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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