IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE "In It's A Wonderful Life, George Bailey doesn't get a new life, he gets new lenses to see the one he already has. May we be reminded of the beauty and goodness of our own story, as difficult and painful as it can be. " - From 'Hope and Other Superpowers' … Continue reading IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
It took years of therapy, spiritual recovery, and various other means of healing and striving to become stable to fully embrace, in my heart, that "self-care is a radical act of self-love." I put myself through the wringer for decades -beating up on myself mercilessly and pursuing self-indulgence and my will with reckless disregard for … Continue reading Self-Care is a Radical Act of Self-Love
WHICH WOLF ARE GOING TO FEED? Early in my matriculation through AA's "rugged school of life," I heard an old timer share what he described as a Cherokee parable about the Two Wolves. Here is one rendition from 'Virtues for Life' [An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on … Continue reading WHICH WOLF ARE GOING TO FEED?
INDOCTRINATED SHAME IS A BOGEYMAN 52 years of hard living and hard lessons have less than gently convinced me that shame is one of the most excruciating and paralyzing states of being we can experience. Shame plagued me for decades. It gripped me with the tenacity of a toddler sensing their about to be ripped … Continue reading INDOCTRINATED SHAME IS A BOGEYMAN
OF HUMAN BONDAGE Yoga Bhajan articulated Nirvana for this recovering Alcoholic and addict who has Bipolar Disorder (and is still recovering from serious insecure attachment issues) when he stated: "If you are willing to look at another person’s behavior toward you as a reflection of the state of their relationship with themselves rather than a … Continue reading OF HUMAN BONDAGE
If living with your mental illness, and sometimes barely surviving it, has you so exhausted that silence becomes your language, I am fluent. "Converse" with me.
HERE IS MY THANKS TO THE MONSTERS Absurd as it sounds, I "throw roses into the abyss" and say thanks to "the monsters who didn't succeed in swallowing me alive" every day. How could I not? Grappling with those monsters shaped me into the person I am today: informing my spiritual worldview, forging my character, … Continue reading HERE IS MY THANKS TO THE MONSTERS
PURGING THE POISONS FROM YOUR HEART Harsh, painful experience has taught me that forgiveness is essential to my spiritual and mental well-being. As the AA Big Book so aptly states, "Resentment is the number one offender." Holding onto a grudge against someone else is spiritually corrosive. It's like waking up every morning and dousing my … Continue reading PURGING THE POISONS FROM YOUR HEART
It's OK to have a mental illness and addiction. I have Bipolar Disorder, Alcoholism, and an Addiction. It just means that I have triple the amount of experience, strength, and hope to share; a trifecta of fellow sufferers to help, and from whom I can receive help; and three times the motivation to work my … Continue reading HITTING THE TRIFECTA
The Barbarism of Bedlam "San Luis Obispo County, CA — Terrifying video of an in-custody death has recently been released confirming police officers tortured a man for days in a restraint chair and then laughed as he spent his final moments alive suffering in agony in his jail cell." I didn't post the video because … Continue reading The Barbarism of Bedlam