Awakening

Awakening

Inspirational writings to help awaken the mind, body, and spirit as we trduge the road to happy destiny together.

December 19th, 2012 is a very special date for me—I checked myself into The Watershed. I was nervous, scared, excited, happy, sad, and about a thousand more emotions and feelings kicked in right before checking in. I knew that this time it felt different—I can’t pin-point what it is but I just knew that I’m done using. People ask me how you know if you’re done; I tell them you just know. In the first few days of treatment I chased the solution to my problem like I chased my drugs. On the 4th day of detox, I put on…
There are different ways you can learn to meditate that will benefit you by further flourishing your mentality while enthralling you in ways you may not even fathom are considered to be probable. When people hear the word meditation, however, they may grow concerned, due to a common misunderstanding of the word. So how do you learn to meditate and what is the true meaning anyway? Why You Should Learn to Meditate Whether you are suffering from the disease of addiction and are in the process of recovery or are just trying to function with the daily business of living,…
Learning to let go of control is not any easy matter. It’s not as though anyone wants to turn it over because control gives a person a sense of power and safety. Who would ever want to abandon such comfort? The honest truth is that holding onto this coping mechanism of controlling behaviors is only going to keep you sick and learning to let go of this will enacts a new freedom that makes so much more possible than you would have ever thought. Learning to Let Go of Control for Freedom and Peace When you can begin to pause…
I don’t know about you, but this word, prior to recovery, never held a positive connotation for me! I mean think about it – If an individual or a group says, “I, (we) surrender!”, did that mean they won or lost? In the old movies when folks were in a battle and the white flag went up, what did it mean? It meant “I surrender” AND it meant “you win…I loose”. Well… this is not something I ever wanted to do!  So coming in to recovery, what’s the first thing I start hearing? You got it…surrender! Well, “I” did not…
“Oh, the places you’ll go.” -Dr. Suess When you’re in the midst of drug dependence, your thoughts may not be centered on getting clean and beginning a new life in recovery, but it’s probable that the idea of stopping has at least once transpired through your mind. You may have wondered about what recovery looks like and where it has the potential to bring you. The honest truth is that once you make the decision to move forward with your recovery process, you are actually reaching out your hand to open a new door where a completely new and unlimited…
To elaborate on self-discovery, Marcel Proust once said, “The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” Having new eyes – that is exactly what an addict develops throughout the process of recovery. Not only does recovery show you as an addict/alcoholic a new way to live your life, but it also provides you the opportunity to get to know yourself all over again as you redefine the person you are. Self-Discovery in Recovery Upon entering recovery, self-reflection becomes almost second nature. By going over your beliefs, resentments, fears, ideals, and defects…
It is more than likely that in the midst of your addiction you have harmed people in some way, shape, or form. In the process of your recovery, you may find an important aspect is making amends to rectify the pain you have caused. Many addicts and alcoholics will refer to this as making amends. In a 12-Step Fellowship, there are two major steps centered on the amend-making procedure. Step 8 focuses on making a list of all persons harmed and becoming willing to make amends to them all, while Step 9 involves making the direct amends to people wherever…
From the earliest memory I can recall to now, many life experiences have carried an impacting message for me. I notice some major things I’ve learned when I particularly look back to when I was active in my addiction to drugs. 10 Things Addiction Taught Me I Didn't Know What A Friendship Was Even when I was spending a majority of my time with someone that I believed I was inseparable from, I realized not too long after that my trust was foolishly misplaced.  When I was with some “friends,” my own money went mysteriously missing while they conveniently had…
Am I still, or was I ever, willing to change, progress, and recover from anything? Webster's dictionary defines willing as: inclined or favorably disposed in mind, ready; prompt to act or respond; done, borne, or accepted by choice or without reluctance; of or relating to the will or power of choosing, volitional, voluntary. Hmmm… Well, I don’t know about you, but I do not usually choose to change unless there is some kind of uncomfortability. But more often than not, a certain amount of pain! Why is this? You would think by now I would have learned that every time…
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