Expectations control our entire life. The way we behave and feel about ourselves is mostly driven by the hidden expectations that run our lives. In the continuation of the Letting Go series, Amy tells about her experiences with understanding expectations and shares three important principles she has learned about letting go of the expectations that were running her life before recovery.
In this episode, Amy shares some personal news and discusses how our experiences can help to broaden our view and drive us to connect with others. Sometimes, we instead, choose to pull away and isolate from others when things happen. However, allowing our experiences to broaden our view instead of narrow it, is part of living a full life in recovery.
Fall brings changing leaves, cooler temperatures, and everything pumpkin spice. And fall brings many lessons for us to learn. To everything there is a season, and every season brings lessons from nature for all of us to learn. Fall brings the lesson of letting go. Listen as Amy explores the ideas of letting go in recovery.
I never thought as a child that I wanted to grow up to be a sex addict. That wasn't the course I was on. Life knocked me a few degrees here and there along my journey. Without course corrections, we end up a long way from our original destination. A few degrees can make all the difference on where we end up and the course of our recovery.
Continuing from Episode 95, Amy shares more about her spiritual healing process. Recovery is a healing process that requires dedicated effort and time. That healing has to happen physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The second principle of spiritual healing that Amy shares in this episode is prioritization of our spiritual life. If we really are suffering from "an illness only a spiritual experience can conquer" (from the AA Big Book, then our spiritual connection is more important than ever! Listen to Amy share how she changed and prioritized her spiritual recovery.
When my nephew told me, "Adults are not to be trusted", it broke my heart. I hurt for him and his current reality AND I hurt for the feeling of familiarity I felt when he said that. Trust is a difficult thing. Learning to trust ourselves and to keep our word is an essential step in recovery. In this episode, I share some of the ways I've learned to be better at this thing we call honesty.
Healing happens on purpose. In this episode, Amy shares the year she became intentional about her recovery. It is easy to float along in recovery, trying different things, dipping our toes into many options and moving on before we see results. It is also easy to keep doing things out of habit but not really evalutating to see if the action is having the intented impact. Learn how to be more intentional as well as more about our event in Seattle this summer.
So much of living in recovery is living in the in-between times: the time from where we were to where we want to be. Whether it's the space between denial and awareness, the space between addiction and sobriety, the space between feeling lost and feeling direction, these in-between times make up so much of our lives. These spaces are places of extreme, hope and despair, love and loss, forward and backward movement, pull and push. How do we live there? How do we find the courage and patience to stay in recovery during these times? In this episode, Amy talks about the three major lessons she has learned living in the in between and three tools that help you move forward!
So much of recovery is a healing process. Healing of mind, body, and spirit. The SA White Book tells us that healing has to come about in three areas of our lives - emotional healing, physical healing, and spiritual healing. I recently was able to prepare some thoughts for a women's retreat about spiritual healing. As I studied and prepared, so many things went through my head. In the next few episodes, I will take some time to share some of my own process of spiritual healing.