Mindfulness probably has some individual nuances for all of us, but an enjoyable read.
"How to Love", by renowned Vietnamese monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, is a short, about 128 pages, but powerful articulation of how to love. A must read for anyone who aspires to have loving relationships with others. The key themes are:To love others, you must first love yourself.To love others, you must understand them.To understand others, … Continue reading Book Review: “How To Love” – Thich Nhat Hanh
Many of us are in recovery because we abandoned ourselves. We thought the feelings and wants of others were more important that our own. This destroyed our sense or worth, and made us needy, unable to function as adults, constantly looking for others to adult us, and/or indulging in unhealthy behaviors. After the initial crisis … Continue reading The Path to Recovery: Deep Listening
In the famous poem "Guest House" (below), by Jellaludin Rumi, we are reminded to welcome all the guests in our house, whether they might be thought of as "bad" or "good". I apply this philosophy to uncomfortable images as well as uncomfortable feelings. If there is a person that I believe is thinking badly of … Continue reading Welcoming All Our Guests
Recovery Poem The mission of recovery is to reconnect, with the unconscious beauty in all of us, represented by the deep burgundy rose, which in recovery, is the rose of acceptance, forgiveness, compassion, kindness, patience and love; The rose of rewired mindlessness; The rose of rewired coping skills; The rose of mindfulness. Recovery makes our … Continue reading Recovery Poem