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A short video from a scene in The Mindful Addict; meditation is about starting over again and again. Distractions will bombard the mind, we just keep returning to the breath, that’s our practice.

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All month we have been looking at how writing can improve both our mood and our health. Many of my clients tell me that they would journal more if only they had the time. Today, I will give you three life-transforming exercises that can be done in as little as five minutes a day. Wow! All of us can do that. 

1. Record a Happy Memory. Dr. Fred B. Bryant from Loyola University in Chicago discovered that people who savor their happy memories feel better right now. Write for five minutes about a happy memory or a happy moment from the present. Use as much sensory detail as possible. For example, instead of simply writing about what was on the Thanksgiving table—turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and so forth—describe how it smelled or tasted.

 

2. Practice Gratitude. Plenty of research suggests that practicing gratitude relieves stress and makes us feel happier. Write about between one and three people or experiences you are grateful for. You can also do this exercise with a family member or significant other. Take turns writing three things you are thankful for about the other person. My husband and I have been doing this for about ten years. Our gratitude journal has become a treasured keepsake.

 

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The longer I stay on the path of sobriety (working steps, attending meetings, helping other alcoholics, praying and meditating), the more conscious I becomes of every feeling, every dishonesty, every challange and every opportunity to be more fully alive. The road narrows Increaseand I no longer depend on old, dysfunctional behaviors to feel satisfied.

Once I let go of all of the addictions that once preoccupied my every waking moment (including food, cigarettes, alcohol, drugs and unhealthy relationships), I found myself experiencing a vast amount of free energy that went into making my amends, building my recovery program, doing my job, attending to my young son and writing my memoir. 

In my near twelfth year of sobriety, I find myself at a crossroads.  Either I can go deeper into the steps, prayer and meditation for my answers or I can continue doing what I am presently doing and die a little bit inside every day. I am a firm believer that the heart whispers a purpose into the ear of every person and it is our birthright to hear it, follow it and become it. The only thing that holds me back from my fulfillment is fear of change and the only thing that pushes me beyond that fear is pain.

For today, I pray that God removes my fear and places my attention on something Good.  I will go to a meeting, help someone else, do my inventory and try to inject some fun/passion into the day. "Today is the day that God has made, rejoice and be glad in it!"  I didn't get sober to go stale. Periods of pain, dryness and discomfort are simply indicators that I am off the mark and I need to let God steer me in a better direction. I need to close my eyes and imagine the changes I want to see and let go of the negativity that blocks my progress.

Best!

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Rochelle Melander teaches professionals how to get published, establish credibility, and navigate the new world of social media. In 2006, Rochelle founded Dream Keepers Writing Group, a program that teaches writing to at-risk tweens and teens. Visit her online at www.writenowcoach.com. She will be blogging about NaNoWriMo all month at http://www.writenowcoach.com/blog/.

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Alida Schuyler MS, PCC, is a leading expert, trainer, speaker and consultant for Recovery Coaching worldwide. She is co-founder of Recovery Coaches International and Director of Crossroads Recovery Coaching Inc.

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