“Nothing can come into your experience unless you summon it through persistent thoughts.”
~Rhonda Byrne from The Secret
“On awakening…think about the twenty-four hours ahead…we ask God to direct our thinking…our thought-life will be placed on a much higher plane when our thinking is cleared of wrong motives.”
~Bill Wilson, The Big Book of AA
Run To, Not From
There are two kinds of people in my workplace: those who come and stay for years, and others who appear and escape before the ink dries on their business cards. One from the latter category recently left to avoid a toxic working relationship with someone in our office. This is the same person, I learned, who had recently moved out of her home to get away from her toxic and evil stepmother. I heard through the grapevine she recently asked one of her former co-workers how she can back away and remove herself from her dysfunctional relationship with a new boyfriend. Always running away from something unpleasant.
She is young and unevolved. Not to judge her because I realize I was that way in the past. And my results backed it up. I would focus my attention in the form of thoughts, words, and actions on what I was hating, resenting, and dreading.
Inevitably so many more hateful, resentful and dreadful experiences would show up.
So much later did I begin to be introduced to the law of attraction – that on what we resist persists, that the universe reads our attention as our intention and what we focus on grows. That’s great news once that started to sink in.
That is the entire premise upon which New Thought Sobriety is based: rather than focusing endlessly on the pains of addiction, and the stories that go round and round in the rooms (and those that filled volumes of my pre-recovery journals), along with the excuses for why I did what I did, INSTEAD focus on the feelings of health, clarity, joy, freedom and all the other goodies that come with sobriety. And watch them grow.
What a beautiful irony – that which I thought would be gray and dull and boring and sad turns out to be colorfully bright and vibrant and enlivening and invigorating and energizing –jaw-droppingly so.
It’s a Recovery Consciousness – consciously focusing on the healthy recovery aspect of sobriety now instead of the ick of the past.
Run to sobriety with open arms and see it expand before your very eyes, even as the addiction will shrink and diminish in the rear view mirror of the mind.
Are you aware that sometimes your thoughts are trained on the old stories, the negative drama?
Can you pinpoint examples of times you shifted to the positive perspective, and how seemingly miraculous and more positive things occur?
In gratitude, harmony, and support,