Spiritual Concepts

Just Take the Next Step: Staying Grounded in Difficult Moments

I can’t see a way through,” said the boy. “Can you see your next step?”  “Yes.” “Just take that,” said the man.  – Charles Mackesy    When we feel lost, afraid, or unsure of what the future holds, we may find our thoughts getting way out in front of us and spiraling out of control, …

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Discovering Oasis: Why Our Mindfulness-Based Approach to Recovery Makes a Difference

”Mindfulness” has become a buzzword in the past few years, and for good reason. In our fast-paced world with so much stimulation and stress, finding stillness has never been more difficult–or more important.  Although mindfulness practices, such as yoga and meditation, have been used for centuries across the globe, new research data is frequently being …

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Self-Care is not Selfish: The Importance of Self-Care When Getting Clean and Sober

Many argue that addiction is a societal disease, driven by the endless compulsion for more, and by action based on feelings of lack. One perspective is that addiction is worsened by an imbalanced drive to consume, achieve, conquer.  While energies of desired progress are by no means unhealthy in and of themselves, when they replace …

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Seeking New Horizons: The Transformative Power of Adventure Therapy

There is perhaps no venture that combines coping skills, self-learning, and therapeutic insight in as hands-on and vivid a way as adventure therapy. To see in new ways, under new circumstances, with budding understandings, is one of the most effective catalysts for building new neural pathways, and cultivating new aspects of one’s identity- both crucial …

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Relapse Does Not Equal Failure

Let me start with my favorite place to start with almost every subject: Everything in the universe is made up of energy, even thoughts. Thoughts, when speedily moving in autopilot neural networks, build up momentum for a person, which they often lead to actions. In the case of the addict (or alcoholic), the energy of …

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Acceptance is a Key: How to Tame the Desperate Longing for More

Some say addiction is a societal disease- tied to the act of endless consumption; never enough; more, more, more. Emily Fletcher, the founder of Ziva Meditation, talks about it as the “I’ll be happy when..” Syndrome; This notion that if I could just get more I would find Nirvana… or at least a better feeling. …

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