Saturday, May 31st, 2014 Focus: I open my heart and allow forgiveness to melt any long-held resentment.

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Take time today to look at any area of your past that needs a voice. Allow the younger versions of you to tell the truth about anything they need to. Be courageous and face any remaining demons. The truth will set you free.

Tell the truth about your family today, either on index cards or to a trusted friend. Whether it’s someone who has been through something similar, an older relative who has a broader perspective, or therapy, seek out whatever you need to help heal the past.

Open your heart and allow forgiveness to melt any long-held resentment, first by acknowledging the pain, anger, or sadness. Then ask yourself if possibly the person who hurt you was harmed by another at some point. With compassion in your heart, see into the other person’s heart and know they must have been doing the best they could with the tools they had at the time.

Excerpted from the article:
Break On Through: Discovering the Road That Leads to Healing
by Deborah Tyler Blais.

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Letting Your Heart Sing: A Daily Journal for the Soul
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Friday, May 30th, 2014 Focus: I choose to take time to experience the sensual and spiritual side of life.

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More information is hurled at our minds today than at any time in history, and we are reacting negatively to the overload. The human attention span is shrinking in response to the ever-increasing number of demands being placed on it, and our nerves are raw from wear.

In order to draw closer to our soul, we need less in our lives, not more. Instead of hurrying to fill the voids in our schedule with more activity, we need to take time to experience the sensual and spiritual side of life: We need to nourish the relationship with our soul and allow it to grow.

Sensuality is akin to the soul. We need to bring sensuality back into our everyday lives. When was the last time you lay in fresh-cut grass and felt the warmth of the sunshine on your face and the softness of the breeze on your skin? Can you remember the last time you spent the entire day in bed with your lover, or ate spaghetti with your hands?

Excerpted from the article:
Too Busy for Our Own Good
by Alexander J. Berardi.

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The Tao of Contemplation: Re-Sourcing the Inner Life
by Jasmin Lee Cori.

The Tao of Contemplation by Jasmin Lee Cori.An entirely new look at the concept of relaxation and handling stress. It examines the essence of contemplative life silence, solitude, simplicity, surrender, receptivity, and an orientation toward direct encounter with the one reality and combines it with the naturalness and joy of a Taoist approach. Cori provides exercises that teach us how to drop into silence, let go of control, live in the present, and allow our actions to come from a deeper source.

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Thursday, May 29th, 2014 Focus: Only I can decide how to become more, and what I need to do to get there.

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Life is organic. All the pieces fit together with no one part being any more spiritual than any other.

Our inner life feeds the outer, and the outer life nourishes the inner. This symbiotic relationship permeates all of life and, until we tap in to that rhythm, our life remains disjointed.

No one can tell us when to stay quiet and wait for insight, or when to move out into the world with a sense of purpose and discipline. At each moment, only we can decide how to become more, and what we need to do to get there.

Excerpted from the article:
Getting Out of Our Way with Trust and Timing
by Chandra Alexander.

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Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 Focus: How I lead my life is “up to me,” but I must ignore the conditioning that society throws at me.

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How we lead our lives is ultimately up to us. Those three words, “up to us,” can be the key, yet at the same time can also be a contradiction. How we lead our lives is “up to us,” but we must ignore the conditioning that society throws at us.

“Bigger,” “faster,” “better,” “more,” “upgrade,” “richer” — these words and more like them have become the new gods since the latter part of the last century. In the modern age, blinders have been placed over our eyes so that we cannot see the big picture. We see only a narrow view of life. We have lost touch with the fact that the pyramid of life, the soil, the trees, the air we breathe, water, the animals, rain and sunlight and ourselves are all part of one community.

Fortunately, a visible shift in perceptions is occurring today. We are letting go of being told what to believe and what not to believe. Today, we are increasingly empowering ourselves as individuals and within the community. We are also at last moving forward, evolving morally, extending rights and considerations to areas beyond our direct self-interest, in issues involving children, women, non-European races and animals. We are increasingly focusing on developing a healthier mind, body and spirit, and from this empowerment our focus will extend to the health of those around us, the environment — everything around us.

Excerpted from the article:
Animal Wisdom Connection: Renewing the Ancient Ways
by Gareth Patterson.

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Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 Focus: I observe patiently and ready myself for opportunity.


Have you ever noticed how opportunities seem to drift your way at certain times like big waves that suddenly wash ashore? If you were a surfer, you might wait all day to find the right wave to ride — that incredibly big one with all of the power behind it. You would watch the tide and wait for the right timing.

Watching for the right wave and getting onboard on time is the trick to the surfer’s success. Not every moment holds the same opportunities, of course. Picking the right time is crucial. There is an optimum time for just about everything, if you watch patiently and ready yourself for the opportunity.

If you were to stay at the beach long enough with the surfers, you would notice that tides change periodically, and longer waves — while not frequent — do appear now and again with a certain pattern. Once again, the trick to catching them involves careful observation and patience. Being present when the big wave or opportunity appears is only half the trick, however. What you do with the opportunity is the other half of the trick.

Excerpted from the article:
Catching the Wave: Timing is of the Essence in Life
by Von Braschler.

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Perfect Timing: Mastering Time Perception for Personal Excellence
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May 24, 2014Bill White PIONEER VOICES


Much of what is known about the modern evolution of addiction treatment and recovery exists as oral history. The ephemeral nature of that knowledge became clear to me while researching my book on the history of addiction treatment and recovery in the U.S. There were several cases in which a key informant died in the weeks or months following my interview with them. There are richly detailed accounts in Slaying the Dragon that would not be there if those interviews had not occurred when they did. That was when I developed the idea of interviewing the major pioneers of addiction treatment and recovery to capture their ideas and voices for posterity.
When I launched my website in 2010, it seemed a perfect venue to create an archive where these interviews could be made available worldwide at the click of a mouse. Since then, I have posted more than 100 interviews with addiction treatment and recovery advocacy pioneers. I would like to call your attention to several of these recently posted interviews.
Dr. Stephanie Covington explores the evolution of her pioneering work in the development of gender-specific treatment and recovery support services in the United States. Her writings served as a precious guide to me in the years I was evaluating gender-specific addiction treatment programs in Illinois.
Dr. Jean Kilbourne describes the evolution of her landmark work exposing the marketing practices of the alcohol, tobacco and pharmaceutical industries, what such practices mean for people in recovery and how treatment programs can inoculate those they serve from such predatory manipulation. Her films and publications are must reading for anyone working in the addictions field. This interview is the amazing backstory to those resources.
An interview with Dr. Ernie Kurtz on researching A.A. history was filmed at his home and presented as a keynote at the 2014 AA History Conference in Sedona, AZ. This film is now posted (click here) as is an earlier interview with Ernie on the history of A.A. (click here). Both capture Ernie at his best and are highly recommended.
Karen Moyer and Brian Maus discuss the needs of children affected by addiction and the unique program they have developed to enhance the health and development of such children. The story of Camp Mariposa is an inspiring tribute to the power of personal vision and private philanthropy in addressing the far-reaching effects of addiction.
A.J. Senerchia is one of the leaders of a new organization, Young People in Recovery (YPR). Young people are playing an increasingly important role in the new recovery advocacy movement, and the interview with A.J. provides background on YPR and the role of young people in this larger movement. Very inspiring.
Dr. Joseph Westermeyer is a pioneer in cross-cultural addiction psychiatry. His work exerted a significant influence as Don Coyhis and I were doing the research that would become the book, Alcohol Problems in Native America: The Untold Story of Resistance and Recovery. In this wide-ranging interview, Dr. Westermeyer talks about his life and his evolving understandings of addiction, addiction treatment and addiction recovery in widely varying cultural contexts. The interview should be required reading for students of addiction medicine and addiction studies.
Dr. Joan Zweben has made significant contributions to the clinical treatment of addiction. She was an early voice calling for recovery-oriented psychotherapy within addiction treatment, and she has been one of the pioneers in elevating the quality and recovery orientation of medication-assisted treatment in the U.S. In this engaging interview, she describes her life and work.
At the near-end of my career, I have had the pleasure of learning insights gleaned from the lives of these and other pioneers in the addictions field. What I would have given to have had such access when I began this work in the 1960s. For those at all stages of your careers, here is such an opportunity. The 100+ interviews are posted here.

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Monday, May 26th, 2014 Focus: I join with others to seek compassionate solutions to individual, community, and world problems.

nice1As Margaret Mead is famous for noting, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

The Millionth Circle Initiative, founded by Jean Shinoda Bolen, encourages people to gather for any of a multitude of purposes to “encourage connection and cooperation among their members and inspire compassionate solutions to individual, community, and world problems.” The millionth circle refers to the circle whose formation tips the scales, shifting planetary consciousness for the better.

The phrase was inspired by the Hundredth Monkey Effect, a parable that has sustained social activists to continue their efforts when conventional wisdom has said that nothing (certainly not ordinary people) could deter negative forces such as the nuclear arms race between the superpowers or war efforts in other countries. In this phenomenon, once a critical number is reached, a particular learned behavior spreads instantaneously from one group of animals to all related animals in the region or the world.

Excerpted from the article:
Connection and Cooperation: The Hundredth Monkey Resonance Field
by Patricia Broersma.

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Riding into Your Mythic Life: Transformational Adventures with the Horse
by Patricia Broersma.

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