Monthly Archive: June 2012

Jun 30

Thoughts on Truth

Truth is underrated.  Most of us would like to think that we are basically honest and that we value a clear view of reality.  In fact many of us spend a fair amount of time in search of clarity, trying to grasp what is real and true.  And yet we often find ourselves facing a …

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Jun 25

Amends List

Now we sit down to take a hard look at the inventory we made in the Fourth Step.  We “redouble our efforts” and make one more list.  In the Eighth Step we prepare to set things right.  We make our list and become willing to make amends to all those we have harmed in the …

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Jun 22

Sun Salutations

The Sun Salutation is the most common of all the sequences in the physical practice of yoga.  It is short and powerful.  For both the novice and the veteran this moving meditation connects the body, mind and spirit as it flows with the rhythm of your own breathing. “Meditation is not a means to an …

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Jun 20

Thoughts on Religion and Spirituality

Religion has always been part of my life and I have always considered myself to be spiritual but as I get older I find that spirituality and religion are not synonymous.  The God of my religion used to feel pretty far away to me and I thought probably fairly hard to please.  This is in stark …

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Jun 18

Ready and Humble

Steps Six and Seven are often lumped together in recovery literature for good reason but it’s important to remember that they are still two very distinctly separate steps.  We must find the readiness of the Sixth Step to truly humble ourselves in the Seventh. “Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of …

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Jun 15

Affirmations

Negative self talk is one of great challenges to be overcome in recovery.  Learning to “rewrite” the scripts we most commonly recite in our heads is a necessity for creating change that lasts.  Positive affirmations are an incredibly powerful tool for changing the way you think if you know how to use them. “What you …

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Jun 11

Confession

Confession really is good for the soul.  It marks the end of living in denial and underscores our commitment to living in truth.  In the Fifth Step we confess the results of our thorough moral inventory.  We now examine what we have written and find the courage to admit the exact nature of our wrongs. …

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Jun 09

Meridian Tapping

The ability to change your state of mind when negativity creeps in is extremely valuable.   Prayer and meditation would be at the top of that list but sometimes it helps to take physical action.  Meridian Tapping is a simple method for changing your state that provides immediate relief in most cases.  It’s something you can …

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Jun 07

Pain or Suffering

Most people don’t find themselves in recovery without going through some kind of pain.  It’s actually pretty common to feel like we’ve already had more than our share.  Whether self inflicted or from outside sources our particular burden has grown to the point where it occupies the majority of our thoughts.  At some point, if …

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Jun 02

Taking Inventory

The Fourth Step is the immediate action that needs to be taken upon completion of first three steps.  It takes courage and rigorous honesty for it to be of any use to us but the information we gain in this step will serve us well as we move forward. “Made a searching and fearless moral …

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