August 23, 2017

Episode 103: A Few Degrees

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.  

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We just finished our event in Seattle Washington and I wanted to share with you the three impact moments for me.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

Learn more about Aaron Glade here.

Learn more about Heidi Kinsella here.

Learn more about Staci Sprout here.

Register for Intentional Recovery in Washington here!

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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!

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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. 

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Everything in our physical world around us cycles. Weather, plants, and animals are just a few of the things that cycle. It makes sense then, that our own physical bodies would cycle as well. I'm not just talking about that time of the month, though I am including that. In this episode I share a bit about my own physical cycles and learning the importance of listening to our bodies.


Action Items:

  1. Begin tracking your monthly cycle and listening to the clues your body is giving you.
  2. Think bigger or smaller -- what other cycles do you go through physically and how are they effecting your life?
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Music has been such a big part of my life. In our world we are surrounded by music. Are you using music intentionally in your recovery? In this episode I share the power music has had in my recovery and share several of the songs that have helped me stay sober. I'm excited to hear from you about how music has helped you and how you connect music to emotion.


Action Items:

  1. Eliminate some music from your library. In order for us to use music intentionally, we need to be careful about the music we consume. Find some music that needs to be eliminated from your library and do it today!
  2. Connect music to emotion. What is your primary emotion today? Find a song to connect to that emotion and help you express that emotion in your life.
  3. SHARE your emotion and song! Do it in the comments below or on Facebook or the Podbean app or iTunes - wherever you're listening to this - share with us your song!
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After listening (really watching) two friends have a heated argument on Facebook, I started to really pay attention to my usage of the word "but".  I soon became aware of the problems this word was causing in my life.  As I've worked to elliminate the word "but" from my vocabulary I've learned the power of a new word.  The power of the word AND.  I'm excited to share that power with you!!

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