Friday, August 29th, 2014 Focus: I trust that Spirit has a timing that supersedes my own idea of how and when things should happen.

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Sometimes the opportunity we have been waiting for is trying to crawl into our lap. If, however, we have a preconceived notion about how it should be, or if our attention is elsewhere, or if we are in fear, we may not recognize it.

Sometimes our good is rushing to us from all angles, and we do not know it. Our purpose is not to go out and hustle up our good, but to accept the blessings being showered upon us now.

Often we may pray or work toward a dream without apparent results. The key word here is apparent. Sometimes it takes a while for our dreams to be delivered, often with good reason. We must trust that Spirit has a timing that supersedes our own idea of how and when things should happen.

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Dumb and Dumber? or Numb And Number?
by Alan Cohen.

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Why Your Life Sucks — and what you can do about it
by Alan Cohen.

With great humor, great examples, and exhilarating directness, Why Your Life Sucks doesn’t just spell out the ways in which you undermine your power, purpose, and creativity-it shows you how to reverse the damage.

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Thursday, August 28th, 2014 Focus: I harness the power of my mind and have it work for me.

Our greatest challenge may be to learn to listen… to listen to our “inner chatterer” so that we can “set him/her straight” using positive feedback, supportive self-talk, affirmations, etc. Any feelings of guilt need to be addressed as they will close the door to our good. Any feelings of unworthiness, hatred, thoughts of revenge, etc. also have to be dealt with.

Any of this “negative energy” or these negative thoughts serve as a wall blocking us from our good. So while you may think you’ve been asking for a raise, a good relationship, prosperity, (or whatever) you may really have been saying (inside yourself) that you are not deserving of these things…

We are powerful beings. The power of our mind is awesome. We can learn to harness that power and have it work for us rather than against us. All it takes is our taking the time to pay attention to what we REALLY think and and focus on changing those thoughts to supportive ones.

Excerpted from the article:
Why Aren’t You Getting What You Want?
by Marie T. Russell.

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Supercharge Your Dreams Into Being: By Trusting Your Soul’s Inner Guidance
by Cissi Williams.

Would you like to wake up in the morning filled with happiness, enthusiasm and an abundance of life-energy? Would you like to know how you can focus this inner energy in such a way that your dreams can make the journey from being just an idea to becoming actual manifestation in your present life? Would you like to learn how to tune into, and trust, your Soul’s guidance? If you answer yes to any of these questions, then this book is for you.

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Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 Focus: I imagine a healing light permeating every cell of my body.

Visualizations For Health: Picture yourself on your mental screen, seeing yourself at your healthy best. Imagine yourself strong, vital and healthy as you make your health affirmations.

If there are any areas in your body that need attention, imagine each area specifically, seeing it whole, complete and healed of whatever ailment it once had. Make an affirmation that the ailment is now healed. You might imagine a healing light permeating every cell of the affected area. Then, see yourself joyfully experiencing freedom from this ailment. Move the body part freely, breathe deeply, whatever, to show that the body part is no longer affected.

End the visualization by giving thanks for your perfect health. You can also do these visualizations for others, imaging them on your mental screen.

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Creating The Life You Want
by Rita Milios.

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Tools for Transformation
by Rita Milios.

Tools for Transformation gives you the “rules and tools” you need to change your life for good. * Learn the rules of the subconscious realm. * Explore mind tools, such as affirmations. visualizations, meditation, intuition and dreams. * Learn, step-by-step how to use these tools to help you transform your life.

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Monday, August 25th, 2014 Focus: The so-called little things in life (a warm shower, a clean bed, etc.) are huge when one gives them loving notice.

Life is overflowing with joyful gifts, even in the most arid places and in the most difficult and tormented times. I learned this paradox during my long convalescence from a back injury.

Through savage months of chronic pain, I came to rejoice in the most ordinary mercies: a warm shower, a clean bed, being able to sit up in a chair long enough to eat a small meal. These previously overlooked blessings broke my heart with their goodness.

In the midst of my suffering, they were joyful gifts of the moment, reminding me that life is more than misery, and that the so-called little things are huge when one gives them loving notice.

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Gifts of the Moment: The Small Blessings of Life
by El Collie.

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Present Moment Wonderful Moment: Mindfulness Verses for Daily Living
by Thich Nhat Hanh.

Developed during a summer retreat at Plum Village, Thich Nhat Hanh’s meditation center, these charming short verses were collected to help children and adults practice mindfulness throughout the day. Reciting these poetic yet practical verses helps readers slow down and savor every moment. They are designed to make everyday activities — such as washing the dishes, driving the car, or turning on the television — opportunities to return to a state of mindfulness. Thich Nhat Hanh’s warm, thoughtful commentary provides insight and inspiration.

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Sunday, August 24th, 2014 Focus: I am here to evolve the family, and in doing so, I evolve the family of humanity.

As it comes into the world a child seeks harmony. It is then the natural tendency of the child to alleviate some of the parent’s pain by voluntarily carrying the emotional burden within its own body. It does so out of love for the parent.

Emotion is healed at the point when you can honor your parents for what they have delivered to you, for they truly have been in service to you, as you have been in service to them. All that they are became a part of you, and it has been your part in the family karma to evolve those aspects.

You are dominated by them only if you believe that you are — for you are here to evolve the family. In doing so, you evolve the family of humanity, for as one person releases all that is restrictive, the planet is changed forever.

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Biological Family Lessons: Evolving the Family of Humanity
by John Payne.

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The Healing of Individuals, Families & Nations: Transgenerational Healing & Family Constellations
by John L. Payne.

This book’s perspective on healing will expand the reader’s vision, beyond the scope of healing as a purely individual and personal matter, to one that spans generations in its scope, crosses racial and cultural barriers and sheds new light on the relationships between victims and perpetrators, be they from governments and regimes, wars, sexual abuse or crime.

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August 22, 2014Bill White POWER OF PEER SUPPORT

The concept of “wounded healer”–the idea that people who have survived illness or trauma may have special abilities to help others facing similar challenges–has deep roots within the history of addiction treatment and recovery. During the 1980s and 1990s, the perceived value of the wounded healer was eclipsed by the growth and professionalization of the addiction treatment workforce in the United States. Between 1965 and 2010, the percentage of addiction professionals with lived personal/family experience of addiction recovery plummeted from more than 70% of the workforce to approximately 30% as educational credentials became valued more than experiential knowledge. Today, there is growing recognition of the value of peer-based recovery support services provided to individuals and families outside the framework of recovery mutual aid societies. A new generation of peer helpers is working in volunteer and paid roles within new grassroots recovery community organizations, within addiction treatment programs, and within such allied fields as primary healthcare, child welfare, and criminal justice. This trend reflects not a rejection of scientific knowledge and professional treatment, but an effort to integrate addiction science, cumulative clinical experience, and knowledge drawn from the lived personal/family experience of addiction recovery.
Working under such titles as recovery coach, recovery support specialist, peer helper, and recovery guide, peers are filling support roles across the stages of addiction recovery. Their growing presence represents a historical milestone in the evolution of addiction treatment and recovery support in the U.S.–functions that falls outside the boundaries of the recovery mutual aid sponsor and the addiction counselor. Given the increasing number of requests I am receiving for information on peer recovery support services, here is an abbreviated chronology of what I and my co-authors have written about such recovery support roles.
2004: The history and future of peer-based addiction recovery support services
2006: Sponsor, Recovery Coach, Addiction Counselor: The Importance of Role Clarity and Role Integrity
2007: Ethical Guidelines for the Delivery of Peer-based Recovery Support Services
2009: Peer Recovery Support Services: History, Theory, Practice and Scientific Evaluation (Monograph)
2012: Historical Perspectives on Recovery Support
2012: New Addiction Recovery Support Institutions: Mobilizing Support beyond Professional Addiction Treatment and Recovery Mutual Aid
2013: Betty Ford Institute Consensus Statement on the Status and Future of Addiction Recovery Support Services in the United States
2014: The Integration of Peer Recovery Supports within Philadelphia’s Crisis Response Centers: An In-progress Report from the Field
2014: Outreach Services and Recovery Management: The New Pathways Approach
2014: Recovery Agenda: The Shared Role of Peers and Professionals.
To explore how peer recovery support services are being implementing in diverse cultural contexts, readers may also wish to explore my interviews with:
Cathy Nugent on Recovery Community Mobilization and Recovery Support
Tom Hill on Recovery Advocacy and the State of Recovery Support Services
Don Coyhis and Eva Petoskey on Recovery Support in Indian tribal communities
Phillip Valentine on Recovery Support Services in Connecticut
Walter Ginter on Medication Assisted Recovery Support Services in New York City
There is a zone of energy, authenticity and effectiveness that characterizes the earliest stages of successful social and therapeutic movements. These qualities can be diluted or lost as movements become institutionalized (e.g., professionalized, commercialized or colonized by larger forces within the culture). The documentation of the earliest contributions of these movements thus takes on both historical and practical importance.
In recent decades, the addiction treatment field has been marked by a loss of recovery volunteers within the addiction treatment milieu, reduced recovery representation among addiction counselors, addiction counselor training that denies the legitimacy of experiential knowledge, and weakened connections between what are now defined as addiction treatment businesses and indigenous communities of recovery. It is in this context that new peer recovery support service roles promise several unique contributions: living proof of the reality and transformative power of long-term addiction recovery, recovery attraction via mutual identification, a service relationship lacking any hint of contempt or moral superiority, knowledge of and assertive linkage to local communities of recovery, and experience-grounded guidance through the stages of recovery.
The advent of peer recovery support services is an important milestone within the history of addiction treatment and recovery. Such services stand as potentially important resources to speed recovery initiation, enhance service retention in addiction treatment and facilitate the transitions to recovery maintenance, enhance the quality of personal/family life in long-term recovery and to support efforts to break intergenerational cycles of addiction and related problems. Cumulative experience and scientific research will tell whether the promises of peer recovery support services are fulfilled and sustained. If such service relationships achieve their promise but are then lost, their presence in this era will stand as a valuable artifact to be rediscovered in the future, just as this power is now being rediscovered.

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‘Recovery in an Age of Cynicism’ by Bill White AUGUST 21, 2014 BY DAVID CLARK

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There’s something happening here
But what it is ain’t exactly clear
There’s battle lines being drawn
Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong”
For What It’s Worth, Buffalo Springfield (1966)
Lyrics by Stephen Stills
Recovery in an age of cynicism requires seeking the less traveled path.
We live in a strange era. Pessimism seems to be seeping into every aspect of global culture – fed by leaders who divide rather than unite, who pander rather than educate and elevate, and who ply the politics of destruction to mask their own impotence to create.
Poisoned by such cynicism, we as a people act too often without thinking, speak too often without listening, and engage too often to confront and condemn rather than to communicate, until in our own loss of hope, we lapse into disillusioned detachment and silence – shrinking our world to a small circle we vow to protect.
Under such circumstances, the search for hope from any source intensifies, leaving us vulnerable to exploitative demigods who dice the world into boxes of superiority and inferiority and warn us of alien threats rather than reminding us of our common humanity.
False hopes and manipulation abound in such a climate, leaving one questioning where authentic hope and community can be discovered. There are many such pockets, but one can be found in a most unexpected of places – among people recovering from life-threatening and life-deforming addictions.
There is nothing inherently ennobling about recovery from addiction, but there is the potential for profound change within the recovery experience and the potential for a profound experience of community as people support each other through this process.
Addiction recovery can be a democratizing process – welding together men, women, and near-children; people of all ages, racial and ethnic groups, sexual orientations, and social classes; people of all faiths and no faith; people spanning all varieties of education and occupation; and a range of political views that under no other circumstances coexist in the same room.
Two things bind people in recovery together: the belief that change – even transformative change – is possible, and the recognition that we are all broken and yet can rise above such brokenness to heal ourselves and each other.
The living proof of those twin propositions is affirmed daily within these communities of recovery.
There is also a degree of growing consensus across religious, spiritual, and secular pathways of recovery about the core values that make such personal and collective redemption possible. Such values include personal responsibility, humility, tolerance, mutual respect, compassion, honesty, forgiveness, gratitude, humor, simplicity, and service.
Recovery in an Age of Cynicism 2If people who have courted death and experienced the darkest corners of human despair and desperation can discover hope, meaning and purpose, common ground and community across a rainbow of differences, then why can’t we do that as a country and as a world?
Perhaps in years to come we will witness a Recovery Effect – recovery communities, through their expanding size and maturity, exerting a collective healing influence on our larger communal life.’
Powerful writing from Bill White and this follows on nicely from my last two blogs which focus in part on community recovery. and this follows on nicely from my last two blogs, which focus in part on community recovery.