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.
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, Meditative Movements™ is one way 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.
At the age of 23, I was bombarded with hateful self-talk. Nothing was good enough, myself included. My life reflected this discord. As a divorced mother with three small children, my body was unhealthy, my mind was chaotic and I was weighed down with fear, unworthiness and self-pity. The You Can Heal Your Life book by Louise Hay introduced me to affirmations. As you can see, my copy is well used. Affirmations are a way to retrain negative thought patterns. Remember that you are the only person who thinks in your mind. Learning how to direct your thinking so you can experience more joy and happiness makes sense.
We all want our lives to be easier and happier, but we don't often want to be the one that has to change. When I accepted that I was the one that needed to change and started saying affirmations, I felt good. Really good! I was no longer giving my personal power away.
One powerful method Louise Hay recommends is mirror work. When you look yourself straight in the eye and make a positive statement about yourself, you can get quick results. What do you say about yourself when you look in the mirror? Is it nurturing or harmful?
I invite you to try it. Go look in the mirror and say to yourself, "I am willing to change." Notice how you feel in your body. Repeat the statement several times and acknowledge your gut reaction. She states that where you DO NOT WANT TO CHANGE is exactly the area where you NEED to change the most.
Youth, adults, and the elderly enjoy practicing Meditative Movements™ because they strengthen their bodies, calm their minds and energize their spirit. The movements are adaptable to anyone's physical ability. We have two upcoming teacher trainings that will give you the Meditative Movements™ and background you need to teach others. You can share the movements one-on-one and in group settings. Help us bring alternative therapies to those in need.
Here are two upcoming 2018 Teacher Training opportunities.
Thursday, Oct 18 in Minneapolis, MN
Wednesday, Nov 7 in LaPlata, Maryland
Are you looking for easy ways to be healthier and happier? Would you be excited to learn that conscious breathing may be your answer? It is free, always available, and you can do it anywhere.
According to Mayo Clinic, "During stressful moments, conscious breathing allows you to shift and release negative energy instead of storing it in your body. This is important, because stored-up energy often manifests as muscle tension and other physical ailments."
Did you know that?
Thank goodness our bodies automatically breath for us. Although if you want to enhance your well-being, you can implement this easy, mindful breathing practice into your day.
Do you feel more connected, confident and centered? I recommend doing this practice at least once a day for 21 days. Remember to keep it simple.