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My mother was recently diagnosed with lung cancer. Increase A few months back, I wrote how I was worried about her health. I knew she suffered from COPD and extra weight and I sensed there was more going on then my eyes could see.  My intuitive has developed as a result of working the 12 steps over thirteen years and sometimes, it causes me pain to be so aware.

My sponsor once said, "You will never experience great joy until you learn to experience great pain."  I didn't understand what she meant at the time, but today I do.  To connect with the energy of any moment, be it a celebration or shock, you need to stay in that moment.  You need to learn how to let go of the past and the future.  This is certainly no easy task.

The 12 steps enables me to do this, a day at a time.  When I forget to do this, my friends and sponsor remind me.  Other times, my fatigue, sadness or agitation remind me that I am off track.  Today, all of my emotions help signal me whether I am on the beam or off the beam.  And, I've learned that even in the worst of moments when I hear dreaded news like my mom is ill, I can feel good because I am certain the 12 steps will enable me to be the best daughter possible.

The 12 steps have taught me that the world does not revolve around me.  When my mom is sick, she is the one who is sick and I am the one who needs to help her. It's not a time to try and get personal attention. It is the time to suit up and show up. 

I offer to take her to the doctors' appointments without her ever needing to ask me.  I send her positive, uplifting messages to help her create a vision of tomorrow, instead of being negative.  I call her and tell her I love her and let all of my feeling for her be known.  I buy her a juicer and make her juices and use my Power to create more peace and wellbeing.

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When I get still long enough, I hear the message intended for me.  In response to a recent prayer to feel more centered and fulfilled in my life, I was guided to take a hot yoga class. Increase I tried hot yoga years ago when I wasn't getting proper nutrition and wasn't able to continue with the classes.

Thirteen years later and free from all of my addictions, I felt comfortable I was healthy enough to try again. I came to the class with the intention of expanding, stretching and opening myself on a physical, mental and spiritual level.  I wanted to let go of my restrictive, contracted way of thinking and acting and tap into a greater, Higher Resource that could center me and transport me to the next phase of my life.

After only three sessions, I felt the power of yoga. Yoga softened my stance, opened my blocked channels and allowed spirit to flow through me to create a deep sense of peace, purpose and enthusiasm.  I know I will always have imbalances and that is okay.  Yoga teaches me to surrender my uncertainty to the moment, rely on my breath to find my strength, and trust I will come to know all I am capable of doing and feeling.

Namaste,

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Honesty opens doors for us. Plain and simple.

In my experience during my active addiction, I was a queen story teller and had a talent for decorating my stories. Fear robbed me with the ability to tell the truth to others and to myself. I was very strong in my ability to run a marathon of denial, BS, and blame.  At least I thought I was strong. However the joke was on me. The thing I feared the most - honesty - would be the one life saving quaility I would need to run the quickest to.

Honesty has been the ticket out of many a dark days in my soul. Over 28 years ago, I broke down and waved the white surrender flag and asked for help. That was the first step for me. Sometimes quickly and sometimes slowly, honesty has become part of the frim foundation that I now base my life on.

I am so not perfect though. Somedays, I just don't want to tell the truth. It depends on how much fear is attached to it. Fear of what others may think, fear or what may possibley change, fear of wanting something better, fear of living life with more grace and abundance. Fear of staying the same.

I wanted to go deeper in my recovery. Years ago I had  another spiritual awakening and realized that I had more work to do on myself and the defects in my character. So I founds ways to go deeper in my soul. There was more work to do and honesty with myself, was the first step.

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Sex addiction or sexual compulsive behaviors can be treated.  In fact, sex addicts who can’t stop fantasizing can come to reality and live in an intimate, committed relationship.  But when you do know that your marriage/relationship is over?

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Masturbation is normal
Masturbation is defined as self-stimulation of the genitals. Touching or rubbing your own genitals to feel good is part of normal human sexual development and can help relieve stress, teach you about your body, provide personal comfort and be pleasurable. Although many cultures still actively discourage masturbation and place moral constraints on sexual behavior, masturbation is a part of normal human experience. Masturbating does not mean that you are promiscuous, oversexed or deviant.
When masturbation becomes a problem
Many people are uncomfortable talking about masturbation at all. The truth is that Whether you masturbate at all, and how often you do, is completely up to you. However, if masturbation is practiced excessively or under inappropriate circumstances, you might have a problem. Furthermore, masturbation may cause guilt and psychological pain from the disapproval of others. These feelings can result in considerable distress and can even affect sexual performance. But when is masturbation unhealthy? Masturbation and the urge to masturbate become unhealthy when masturbation:

 

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