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Embracing a New Way

Embracing a New Way

Today I want to talk about the first step.

They say in meetings that it is the only one that needs to be done perfectly. And yet it seems to be the most difficult one. And not just for New Thought folks but for everyone. If you are a New Thought person, then you know what the objection is. That one word: powerless. We are taught in New Thought that we are most definitely not powerless. Others object because they simply don’t want to stop the old way of living, and still others object because they are too afraid of the unknown to let go of the known.

Anger: A Tool, Not a Lifestyle

Anger: A Tool, Not a Lifestyle

Fear, rage, and shame. These were the dominant emotions in my home growing up.
I also recall a lot of shushing. People were “sleeping” [aka passed out], so shhhh. Loud emotions were squelched.

Healthy modeling of how to express anger I do not recall. Anger was at times downplayed or denied; other times fire-breathing and frightening.

So I am still fine tuning my anger-expressing skills. Actually even identifying and feeling anger. For me the learning experience is (a) how not to repress it– and (b) then what?

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.