Awakening

Awakening

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

Regaining Self Esteem and the Power of Positive Thinking Through the process of recovery and working all twelve steps we receive many  blessings.   One of the major changes we go through from this process is re-gaining our self-esteem, or self-worth.  A person’s self-worth is simply his or her perception of oneself, and self-esteem is defined as a realistic respect for or  favorable impression of oneself; self-respect.   Self-esteem refers to what we feel are values, abilities and assets are. Many of us have years of wreckage to repair when we get sober, so this process of rebuilding does not usually happen  overnight.  Years of damage through negative thinking…
Human nature is a funny thing - As human beings we have a variety of experiences, which lead to the development of our ideas, concepts, beliefs, values and principles that we ultimately incorporate into our lives and live by. Some of these (although we embrace them) can change over time, such as: Example I : My husband, children and myself always celebrated Thanksgiving with my parents & my sister. It was always important to me to do this. But one day my husband and I moved 800 miles away, causing my circumstances to change. Because of this, the idea, principle…
  STEP 3: “Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.” People talk about the third step and say, “I took my third step and turned my will and my life over to God.” Or explain it to someone saying, “When you take your third step you turn your will and your life over to God.” This simple switch in words changes the entire meaning of this step.  This is proven by the amount of people who linger on step 3 for weeks and months at a time.…
Return to Sanity and Soundness of Mind Addiction has the power to take control of an individual to the point where their whole life is centered around the substance of their choice.  This world of insanity leads the addict to a place where they have a hard time differentiating true from false.  Their perception is skewed and they lose interest in anything and everything that was ever important to them.  Dr. William Silkworth introduced the idea that alcoholism involves a physical allergy and an obsession of the mind (Alcoholics Anonymous, p. xxiv).  This means that when you want to stop using entirely you cannot, and…
Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics.  It works when other activities fail.  This is our Twelfth Suggestion:  Carry this message to other alcoholics.” (Alcoholics Anonymous p. 89) Giving back what was so freely given to you is an absolute necessity in the program of recovery.  Working with other alcoholics and addicts is the solution to permanent sobriety.  We cannot keep what we have without giving it away. The alcoholic or addict is full of self.  Our problem was not the drugs and alcohol.  Our troubles stem from a…
Practicing the Principles in all Our Affairs “What does it mean to practice?”  “What is a principle?” A couple of definitions are:  1. An important underlying law or assumption required in a system of thought. 2. A way of working – the basic way in which something works. “What are the principles in recovery that we are to practice?” In essence, the principles in recovery are outlined through the 12-steps and reflected through the entirety of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. In the chapter “There Is A Solution”, (on pg.28 – second paragraph), it says: We in our turn, sought escape…
Why Is It  That When Things Are Going Good, Something Bad Always Happens? I know that I  am not the only person who has ever reached that point of utter  frustration or disgusting state of self-pity, who has cried out and  said, “Why does this always happen to me!” Who has ever said, “It seems like every time things start  to go my way, something always has to happen!” I’d like to say that this only  happened in my “early” sobriety, because it always sounds good (It sort  of sounds like it’s no longer a problem for “me”). But that …
I remember when I first walked through the doors of recovery and began meeting folks with years of sobriety. I thought to myself, “They are SO together”! I wanted to be JUST like them! I would sit and imagine how totally AWSOME it was going to be when I to, was “fixed”, just driften’ in my boat down that sweet river called Serene! Yep, it was going to be FABULOUS! Because after all, life in addiction had been really difficult, it was only logical that life sober would be nothin’ but smooth sailing….right? Sure enough I got sober and sure…
Can you feel it? Temperatures dropping as the fall winds usher in our winter season. The faint aroma of chimney smoke as it escapes into the night air. Sweaters retrieved from summer hibernation, soft with encompassing warmth. Snuggling up to the one you love with popcorn and a soft blanket for a night of movies. The wafting smell of hot cocoa as it rests between your hands, causing your senses to anticipate that warm chocolate heaven rolling across your pallet. Enjoying the feeling of being completely enveloped under a billowy down comforter; the warmth of which escorts you into a…
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