Autobiography in Five Chapters

  Autobiography in Five Chapters (From the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying) I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk I fall in. I am lost… I am hopeless It isn’t my fault. It … Continue reading

Not knowing in recovery | Substance Abuse Recovery

“I live my life in widening circles That reach out across the world. I may not ever complete the last one, But I give myself to it” Ranier Maria Rilke I walked into the group room one night last year, … Continue reading

Recovery is about practice | The Legend of Bagger Vance

The Legend of Bagger Vance When is a sport not only a sport? When is a movie not only a movie? When they are truly metaphors of life. Mythologist, Joseph Campbell described mythology as a story that never happened, but … Continue reading

Ground Hog Day as it applies to recovery

The message in this ostensibly lighthearted romantic comedy turns out to be one of profound international interest and acclaim. It begins with the character Phil Connors, a curmudgeon weatherman, dissatisfied with life and his place in it, defiantly resisting every … Continue reading

The Cure for the Pain is the Pain

“The cure for the pain is the pain” Rumi In her amazingly progressive book “Radical Acceptance,” author Tara Brach Ph.D. talks about the power of using safe people in safe places to open up to our pain. She is accurate … Continue reading

Yoga Inspiration for Drug and Alcohol Rehab

This section of my blog, entitled “Thoughts For The Day” was inspired by an interview with the poet, William Stafford, who asserted that we should all write a poem everyday as part of our process of growth; to which the interviewer asked … Continue reading

Beginners Mind in Substance Abuse Recovery |Phoenix Arizona

“Choking on Feel-Good” Line from the movie “White Squall” It happened last night, as it often does in program; after an evening of people taking risks, making themselves emotionally vulnerable, exposing their bare-naked souls to each other, it culminated into … Continue reading