Finding out what makes you happy is a search many recovering individuals embark upon. Think about something you loved prior to engaging in your addiction… Something you have always wanted to do… Or a combination of things you enjoy that can make it even more fun… Sometimes teaching others to do something you love can bring even more fulfillment and purpose to your new sober life…
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The shamans, healers, sages, and wisdom keepers of all times, all continents, and all peoples, in their ageless wisdom, say that human spirituality is composed of three aspects: relationships, values, and life purpose. These three components are so tightly integrated that it may be hard to separate them from each other. But if this were possible, take a moment to reflect on each aspect of human spirituality to determine the status of your spiritual well-being. This will be a monthly, three part series, beginning with relationships.
In simple terms, there are two categories of relationships: internal (your domestic policy)—how you deal with yourself, how you nurture the relationship with yourself and your higher self—and external (your foreign policy)—how you relate, support, and interact with those people (and all living entities) in your environment.
How would you evaluate your internal relationship and what steps could you take to cultivate it?
Moving from the aspect of domestic policy to foreign policy, how would you evaluate your external relationships?
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Often in my work with AToN residents we happen across the difficult issue of what perspective to take on one’s personal history. This can either be issues related to their family of origin or mistakes that they have made during their addiction.
Many people want to take on a “get over it” kind of attitude where they want to bury the past and just move on believing that they can muscle through their past mistakes and just not do them again.
I’ve often advocated for taking a more direct approach to one’s personal history. The goal is not to dwell upon the past, but to learn from it. You don’t want to “get over it,” you want to “get through it.” If you take the time for personal reflection then you can learn from your experiences and prior mistakes. It is a more difficult process to face down the past but in doing so you will become more connected and complete.
Chad K. Cox PsyD
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