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Jun 23, 2014

(Re)Finding Recovery on the Road

Every now and then I get tired of 12 Step World. It might be depression getting to me, or laziness, or more often I start putting personalities ahead of principles. “I don’t want to go to that meeting, because I’m tired of those people.” A good way to stop going to meetings for a while, […]

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May 28, 2014

Recovery Share: Getting a Better Map

I’ve been reading this book called The Spirituality of Imperfection, and after a long, mildly annoying Part 1, it immediately gave me a great insight at the start of Part 2. (Recovery lesson: don’t quit before the miracle!) The insight came in the form of an analogy, which I will paraphrase and re-state here: A […]

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May 20, 2014

A Step 3 Prayer

Higher Power, … Grant me honesty, courage, humility, and serenity, to face that which keeps me from you and others. — Life With Hope, p. 13 I once spent hours going through this prayer with my sponsor. What strikes me about it is that we don’t ask our Higher Power to keep us sober, or […]

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Feb 26, 2014

Recovery Share: On Obsessive Thoughts and “Spinning Wheels”

Most of us in recovery have heard about The Committee. It’s the constant stream of voices running in our head, giving us advice and shit and maybe, on occasion, encouragement. Most people focus on the negative aspect, like how the Committee tells us we’re fools or we’re ugly or whatever. In fact, a lot of […]

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Feb 02, 2014

Recovery Share: On Deserving Happiness

When I started smoking pot as a teenager, I was looking for fun, adventure, and a sense of belonging. But now, looking back, I realize I was also looking for escape, and to “check out” from the discomfort of living. And why was I so uncomfortable? Well, for one thing I was a teenager! But […]

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Jan 26, 2014

Recovery Share: Facing Fears

I think one of the wisest things a sponsor told me was wen I asked him what my recovery should look like after about 10 years sober and two trips through the Steps. “Just keep facing your fears and moving through them,” is what he said. So simple, so hard, so … helpful. Right now […]

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Dec 04, 2013

Recovery Share: A Few Thoughts on Peace

The topic at my meditation meeting this week was peace, and while sitting, it came to me that my idea of peace has changed over the years. When I was getting high all the time, my idea of “peace” was to obliterate everything going on in my head. I thought — to the extent that […]

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Nov 26, 2013

Recovery Share: On Expectations, Resentments, and Misery

Once a week, I go a meditation meeting, and lately I’ve been the secretary, which means I’m supposed to come up with a topic on recovery to share. Of course, I tell myself I will dig through my books to find a spiritual  nugget so profound that people follow me around after the meeting. And […]

Sep 13, 2013

Recovery Share: Talking Things Over With My Inner Disapproving Elder

I had a conversation the other day with one of my business consultants about an idea I have. Doesn’t matter much what it was, but her response—before I could even get the whole idea out there—was to say “Oh, don’t do that.” It’s not the first time somebody said that to me, of course. And […]

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