Compassion

Compassion for others has been something I have learned over time. As I continue my journey towards mental wellness and transforming addiction to true connection a stark reality starts to seep in.  The healthier my mind becomes and the more true connections I form based on love and friendship the more I  expose myself to […]

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Emotional Intoxication

Emotional intoxication is one of the greatest, if not the greatest threat to my sanity and sobriety.  It does not matter if it is anger, sadness, jealousy, contempt, shame or even all the positive emotions such as joy, interest, hope, pride, amusement, inspiration, awe or love. Obviously, these are not substances but rather intangible ideas that […]

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Accepting the faults of others

Accepting the faults of others can be a difficult but much-needed goal, if only for our own inner peace. I recently had an instance where someone in recovery led me to anger and resentment by not understanding my choice. After making a suggesting which I vocalized my opinion about they proceeded to attempt to force […]

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Different not better than

I am better or worse than no one, I am different than.  When I was active in active addiction I fluctuated between extreme self-loathing and overbearing arrogance.  In both states, I perceived that some others were inferior when in reality it was my own thoughts of inferiority finding faults in others to build myself up. […]

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Self-Restraint

Self-restraint had always been a foreign concept to me until recently.  Previously I felt entitled to my reactions and thought those that crossed me were deserving of the fallout.  Today, I do my best not to respond with all the emotion, anger, etc. that I used to release.  Not only does it hurt those around […]

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Non-Resistance

Non-resistance may seem the path of a fool but I now disagree.  For a long time, I wrongfully assumed that I needed to be rigid and unmoving during the hurricanes of life.  I imagined myself as a lone samurai or monk standing before a storm. I  maintained my foot-hold and was resilient, rooted and resistant […]

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