Archive for February, 2009

Direction

February 26th, 2009

February 26, 2009

This morning I’ll be attending the Board of Directors meeting of Recovery Coaches International (RCI), and this hits me on several levels.  First of all, it sounds so grown-up to be part of such a group.  In simplest terms, I suppose that a director simply helps find direction, and as a community of Recovery Coaches, we continue to find our organizational direction as well as our individual direction.  For this I feel very grateful to be a part of this collective voice finding direction together. 

Secondly, there’s something very comforting that it’s not up to us as individuals because I know that I’m not always good at asking for direction.  Yet, recovery often requires a combination of taking direction and following one’s own compass.  And with this information comes movement and eventually more momentum.

Now that RCI is in its 4th year of existence with a brand-new team of officers as well as a full Board, I continue to stay open to the limitless possibilities that will unfold as we move forward putting one foot in front of the other.

 

Inner Vitality

February 13th, 2009

Vitality, passion, aliveness.  All signs of recovery, but how do you invite these life-affirming experiences into your life?  Addiction is often about seeking the high or the adrenaline rush to feel more alive.  The seeking is actually an attempt to break free from the flatness which is sometimes referred to as spiritual deadness.  In recovery it’s often new territory to experience one’s aliveness both from the inside and the outside.

This is how it works for some of us:

  1. Surrounding yourself with people, places and things that enrich your life builds vitality.  Compassionate, loving and like-minded folks nurture the parts of us that need to have contact with others and healthy connections bring more vitality.
  2. Being in safe places whether that be your own home or other venues provides a warm atmosphere for vitality to grow.
  3. Choosing healthier things to bring into your life (e.g. self-help books, nourishing food, etc) prepares you for more vitality physically, emotionally and spiritually.

It’s only human to seek aliveness and to choose life as part of recovery.  All of us who choose a path of recovery are re-committing to life one day at a time.  It’s how we seek the aliveness that counts and I welcome you to notice when you’re experiencing your vitality the most and how to cultivate that sense of aliveness and passion in your daily life.