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Don’t Put Off Till Tomorrow . . .

Don’t Put Off Till Tomorrow . . .

Procrastination: one word with such a powerful meaning behind it. We all do it. I will admit I am often guilty of putting things off.

I was in a therapy coaching session of my own a couple years ago sifting through pieces of my recovery story trying to uncover why I seem to procrastinate sometimes on important things – like my writing. Ironically, I’ve procrastinated down to the wire on this very blog post even after being mindful of what I learned in that session with my coach.

Raindrops on Roses, and AA and Science of Mind

Raindrops on Roses, and AA and Science of Mind

Thanks to my friend Peggy who recently articulated such a profoundly simple statement that rang so true for me at the cellular level that I want to embrace it, let it sink into my consciousness, and share it.
She said that AA and Science of Mind are two of her favorite things.
Such a plain and simple truth that I can live by. These two paths go hand in hand and lead to a land of sanity, serenity, and spirituality.
I stumbled in SOM before Alcoholics Anonymous. Probably literally stumbled as I was drinking pretty heavily in those days.

Conscious Contact – Imperfectly

Conscious Contact – Imperfectly

I really struggle with how to best illustrate Step Eleven.

I struggle with it because I have a preconceived notion of what conscious contact with God is supposed to look like.

And it looks all Instagram-y.

You know ….

I wake up refreshed in the morning hungry for the Word of God. The very first thing I do is make a picture-perfect cup of coffee in the Keurig (for extra effect the coffee cup should be emblazoned with the words “Hope” or “Faith” or “Love” and – in finer print – a scriptural reference.) Taking my place on the sofa, I pray for God to expand my understanding during this special time with him as the kitty cats snuggle in next to me.

Procrastination – Sloth in 5 Syllables

Procrastination – Sloth in 5 Syllables

I think I read the title quote in the 12 and 12.  I relate to it.

A sloth I do not relate to, but I do notice that sometimes my goals and objectives are clear-cut and concise. I may even go so far as to carve out time to tackle them. Like today for example, I had carved out 3 hours for specific tasks. Turns out about 2 ½ hours were spent doing other things that also needed doing, but were left over from past carved out time that got relegated to other things during their original window.
So overall I’m ahead of the game but still behind on specific intentions.

Religion as an Addiction [Book Review]

Religion as an Addiction [Book Review]

Elizabeth Esther grew up in a fundamentalist Christian cult. Her upbringing left her not only with deep spiritual wounds but with an unhealthy addiction to the highs of religious experience. In her new book Spiritual Sobriety, which comes out April 19th, she talks through strategies for recovering from spiritual addiction, making us of the wisdom from 12 step programs. It’s a new way of thinking about recovery from fundamentalism that I haven’t encountered before, and I really think she’s onto something.

When We Were Six

When We Were Six

As a New Thought person I strive to keep my mind focused on the positive, on the desired, on new and forward thinking. But as a recovery person I choose to cast a glance back now and then, to see the progress (not perfection) of my journey, and to honor all of it.

Especially helpful when I feel stuck or disempowered, ineffective, and lost in space for a spell. I am learning to remind myself that I have come a long way. And to cut myself some slack.

Success in Recovery

Success in Recovery

For those who are beginning their journey of recovery, that path is filled with uncertainty, doubt and even hesitance. Of all the obstacles that can be faced in recovery, the concept of spirituality is the one that can trip people up the most. Whether it is in drug treatment or around the tables of 12-step meetings, the concept of developing spirituality in recovery is all pervasive–and many will struggle in understanding how spirituality will help them achieve and maintain their recovery.

I Work My Program or My Program Works Me

I Work My Program or My Program Works Me

Before, when I heard people refer to their “program” I had no idea what they were talking about. I had a program, all right, but it was a default program. I didn’t realize it existed, let alone know that it was the main operating system in my life. I was running on the subconscious programming I had picked up, largely by false beliefs and the unskillful behaviors of myself and others.

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