Unwanted emotions. How do you deal with emotions? As emotional beings of this earth, we all are inevitably going to feel a wide range of emotions. It is arguably, one of the characteristic traits of the human condition and being a sentient being on this planet. We know and understand on a core level, that we … Continue reading Dealing with Emotions
Finding the courage to create change, instead of resisting it.
Today is International Harm Reduction Day. It is a day that intends to honor the practice of harm reduction in our communities, and the people who champion for that cause. Downtown today, the Harm Reduction Action Center was busy, dispensing kits and patrolling Colfax for possible overdoses. Online, the conversation continues to get heated and … Continue reading Harm Reduction
Forgive and forget, as the old saying goes. The alliteral advice, doesn't sit well with most folks. For some reason the idea of completely letting go is unsettling to most people. Why? Why are we resisting forgiveness so much in our lives? This resistance to forgive, to me, illustrates a buried resentment. To not forgive, … Continue reading Forgiveness
Recovery Whether you like it, or not, you’re in it. The term recovery, is one with an admittedly harsh stigma. When you share that label, that modifier, that statement, “I’m in recovery” a cornucopia of strange emotions arise. Whether it be judgment, pity, scorn, resentment or envy- it is a statement that almost always … Continue reading What does it mean to be in recovery?
Gratitude was one of the earliest influencers in my journey of healing. After hitting a point of pure desperation, being grateful for even the smallest of things became easy. When I was finally awarded a bed, a decent meal, safety and dignity- I was genuinely overwhelmed with appreciation. If not for the lack, I would … Continue reading Gratitude
Support in recovery, is something that is oftentimes dismissed; and at the cost of person in recovery. What do we need to accomplish as a society, in order to create a different recovery culture? Samantha*, is a woman in her mid 20's. After years of partying off and on, Samantha never suspected her substance … Continue reading Support in Recovery
I first noticed the butterflies a few weeks ago, while walking my son through the neighborhood. Pushing his stroller along the sidewalk, houses and pavement- our typical scenery, I was struck. In our concrete jungle of a community- butterflies. Painted lady butterflies everywhere. Landing on my shoulder, resting on my bumping stroller and flying overhead. … Continue reading Butterflies
The word healing...