We talk about a lot of things when we speak about becoming healthier, more balanced. Eating a nutritious varied diet, daily meditation, regular exercise, and getting enough sleep are among the most obvious points that come up in my discussions with patients. However, while many of us are pursuing a healthier lifestyle, we often forget to make time for fun and relaxation. While I personally think of exercise as fun, I realize that not everyone feels that way.
Rituals provide a way to connect with the emergent truths contained in powerful narratives. Historically, mythical stories founded - and simultaneously reflected - the crux of community belief systems. The communities then employed rituals to connect with those stories (and the power contained within) through reenactment of important narrative events.
Recovery capital is a relatively new concept in the field of recovery.
Let’s define this concept.
Our recovery capital is determined by the number of external and internal assets that we have which support recovery. External assets are things like having a home group that we attend regularly, or a good connection with our sponsor, or the support of our family, etc. Legal problems can also be an external asset because they provide a certain level of motivation to change. A few examples of internal assets are our level of commitment to recovery, the degree to which we have accepted our devastating weakness, our attitude towards our problems and our attitude towards ourselves and others.
There’s something very special about gratitude. It can change
everything in life. Why is that? Is it magic? You could say that it’s magic
because of the way it can transform us – the way we think, the way we behave,
and ultimately the way we feel. A regular practice of gratitude is so simple and
yet it has amazing positive outcomes. So if you ask me, it’s the closest thing
to magic. Small acts of gratitude can help us to develop a more expansive and
positive view of our lives.
The cursory interpretations of the words
empowerment and vulnerability imply
opposite connotations. It is easy to associate vulnerability with being
fragile, weak, or susceptible to emotional pain – which indeed it is. Nevertheless,
taking the risk to expose one’s vulnerability opens the door to personal
growth. Embracing one’s authentic self to include our weaknesses creates a
sense of acceptance, while at the same time opens truthful communications with
others. People are attracted to the combination of authenticity and humor. Once
someone recognizes these traits in another individual, they usually respond by
displaying the same level of vulnerability.