Animal-Assisted Recovery

Animal-Assisted Recovery

There is a lot of emotional dysregulation … with substance abuse disorders. Animals serve as role models for mindfulness … while someone in recovery is relearning how to navigate the world of an emotional being … To conquer the anger, shame and guilt of a relentless feeling disease, requires an honest inventory. With pride set aside, the recall of our memory is best in a non-judgmental setting, [with] unconditionally-loving pets, whether it is pet therapy or animal assisted therapy.

3 Wise Lessons from a Young Sober Woman

3 Wise Lessons from a Young Sober Woman

I didn’t wake up one day sober and filled with a sense of peace. I’ve been wandering around this planet for 20 years, and I’ve spent the vast majority of them sabotaging myself compared to the few years I’ve put towards recovery. In the last year though, I’ve found that by actively trying to connect to some power in the Universe that is not me, I’ve come much closer to finding myself than I ever could have dreamed. I’m still learning, and there’s so much to spirituality and recovery that I haven’t even begun to tap into, but that’s why I focus on taking things one day at a time. Healing doesn’t happen overnight, but as long you continue to pursue it the sky’s the limit, recovery is infinite, and anything is truly possible.

12-Step Walking Meditation

12-Step Walking Meditation

An article in the August 2018 issue of Science of Mind Magazine, written by regular contributors Mark Waldman and Andrew Newberg, showcases the benefits of slowing way down when walking––even creating a meditation out of it. A list of suggested affirmations is provided to say with each step to help slow and center our mind and brain, a departure from the mindless way we typically approach this experience. The authors list ten, and they suggest “for extra credit” that we make up two more of our own to create our personal 12-Step Walking Meditation.

The Urge to Be Controlling

The Urge to Be Controlling

Every control freak moment is actually just my mind going into self-pity mode or self-righteous mode. I notice, ask myself the question, and call the story out. Sometimes the stories will pop back up, but I see through them. They have lost their power. Stressful situations are not about being right or being mistreated—they’re about my choices. No one makes me do anything. So, I don’t have to control anyone. When the stories try to destabilize me, I used to overcompensate by seeking control…

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