わたしのチイサナココロ is a short documentary following the steps of one woman’s journey along the...
Artist Gao Youjun, who goes by Tango, has created a brilliant set of drawings for your viewing pleasure. If...
This weekend I traveled to Nanaimo, British Columbia to attend the Science & Spirituality Conference. There were hundreds of...
Lord help me from making the same mental mistakes over and over again. The magnetism of self-pity seems to pull me from the steadfastness of gratitude. I don’t rarely recognize the pull, but I sure recognize the pain and burden associated with it. Anxiety grips me once again, transporting... Read more
I feel like King David who wrote most of the Psalms. One day we find ourselves screaming to the skies for relief, and the next you are gleaming with appreciation for all the beauty and joy around you. The last couple of days for me have been rather taxing.... Read more
When I cluelessly entered the rooms of recovery, so encased in my own misery, I rarely took anything from the meetings. What I did seem to pick up on was how many people talking about this “number one offender” that seem erode at serenity in life. My head may... Read more
Fear…This short word somehow touches about every aspect of our lives. It was an evil and corroding thread; the fabric of our existence was shot through with it. It set in motion trains of circumstances which brought us misfortune we felt we didn’t deserve. -Big Book p.67 There are... Read more
If you trace the life path backwards of anyone struggling with addiction you will eventually uncover some degree of emotional trauma. As you will hear in Lamar’s case, he first faced his own trauma at the young age of 12. If an individual is not taught the appropriate coping... Read more
Taking on the responsibility as a guiding force in someone’s life is not to be taking lightly. As a sponsor you act as a bridge that will help connect newcomers to a beautiful new way of life. When done well, you will leave an indelible mark on that individual’s... Read more
It’s rather incredible how often the subject of forgiveness is written about. No matter whether you are reading about forgiveness through holy scripture, or a simple blog post, the message is always the same: Forgive what ever it is that you are holding uneasy feelings towards immediately! For those... Read more
Six long weeks have passed since the last time I planted myself in the nourishing soil of a meeting. Why, you ask? Well it had nothing to do with lack of desire to remain steadfast in my habits of recovery, but I had the great opportunity to travel to... Read more
There is no question that many families find it difficult to discuss substance use and addiction. After all, there is a great deal of misunderstanding around the topic. It is easy to try to deny the dangers of substance use, make jokes about the topic, or simply avoid talking... Read more
At what point in time do suggestions need to turn into musts? This week we have lost two young members of the recovery to overdoses. Were these people of the variety that the Big Book states are “constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves (p.58)” about how sick they... Read more
In recovery from substance abuse, it’s now traditional that people remain anonymous. This tradition can be traced all the way back to the 1930s, when one of the first groups dedicated exclusively to recovering people formed—Alcoholics Anonymous. Now, AA is known worldwide for their twelve-step program of recovery, which... Read more
If there is one thing people learn in the rooms of recovery, it’s how to talk. I’m fully behind the importance of talking through problems to help one another, but only if it brings people to a place of action. Otherwise you are left consistently spinning your wheels, leaving... Read more