September is Recovery Month. Minnesota Recovery Connection (MRC) states, "Recovery is a life-long journey." Can you join MRC vision of a world where recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs is understood, promoted, embraced, and enjoyed and where all who seek it have access to the support, care, and resources they need to achieve long-term recovery?
Let's all say yes. Whatever role you are playing relative to the world of afflicted addiction: the addicted one, parent, sibling, co-worker, friend, child of the addict, you can bring healing to everyone impacted.
May you dedicate this month to expanding your awareness of recovery. Remember, healing starts with yourself. As you explore, ah, ha moments show up so be ready to take more responsibility for your own health and well-being. This healing requires education, practice and patience. As you grow, you can learn how to let go of blame, resentments, anger and fears which are the obstacles to your own happiness and wholeness.
The Twelve Step Programs are an awesome resource to help people recover from alcohol and other addictions. Personally, I was introduced to Al-Anon after my first husband entered a treatment program. As a co-dependent, I learned how to implement the 12 Steps and they were the bedrock for my own recovery.
Since that time I have discovered other healing resources. The book, You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay, made a big impact on my life. It helped me understand that while hurtful things occurred in my childhood, I could move past them. This was my first introduction to affirmations which I used to help me quit smoking but then started gaining weight. Instead of using food or returning to smoking to avoid my own pain, I combined core value affirmations with physical movements as a way to heal and align my body and mind with my spiritual being.
Meditative Movements is the result. Research shows that any past trauma that is not dealt with still resides within a person's mind and body. Because our unfelt past steals today's happiness, the movements give you the opportunity to release difficult emotions like anxiety and unworthiness. More importantly, you need to learn how you want to be in the world. For example, once you release the anxiety within you, what do you want to experience? Worthiness, safety, and love. By exercising your own personal power in nurturing ways, you can live in harmony instead of struggling and fighting with life.
The "I Am Good Enough Meditative Movement" is one of my favorites. By practicing the movement consistently, I remember the defining moment when my own unworthiness weight was released. Tears flowed freely as my entire body, mind and heart felt connected and aligned to this truth.
In honor of September Recovery Month, we are providing you with three complimentary Meditative Movements that coincide with the first three steps of the 12 Step Program.
Step 1: "We admitted we were powerless over alcohol that our lives had become unmanageable. "
"I Admit Meditative Movement "
For me this step requires utmost honesty. Not only am I powerless over alcohol, I am powerless over people, world events, and just about everything else.
When I admit this, somewhere within me I feel hopeful.
Finishing this step with the acknowledgement that I am here to experience life, I open myself up to the other steps.
Step 2: "Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity."
"I Believe Meditative Movement "
Sanity. I wonder did I ever have it?
Since I know that I can't make the sun come up, the flowers grow, the rain fall, I know there is a power greater than myself.
Because I was seeing others recover and hearing their stories, I became hopeful that my life could be happy and peaceful too.
Step 3: "Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him."
"I Decide Meditative Movement"
The God of my upbringing was petty, angry and eager to find fault with me. He didn't have the qualities that made me feel whole and loved, yet I didn't know where to turn.
My first task was to decide that my God was good and did not have a gender. With that I changed the word God to Being. The Being that makes the beautiful flowers grow, the insects, the water, was the life giving source that I entrusted with my life.
As you experience freedom from your addiction, we hope you find Meditative Movements a resource that supports your health and well-being.