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DREAM INTERPRETATION: Continue to tend to your current mental attitudes [symbols: mother, light]

Your dream is simple and yet very profound. It's my belief that this is a visitation dream. An actual visit of your mother’s soul within your dream. The emanating light and Continue reading at The Mindful Word journal of engaged living [http://www...
by The Mindful Word on Aug 25, 2016

Late Night Loneliness

I’ve hit a stage in my grief/life process that I truly do not know how to handle — my almost total aloneness. I have close friends, even one who introduces me to people as her adopted sister, but no one of my own, no one who connects me to li...
by Bertram's Blog on Nov 14, 2015

Accelerate Your Collisions

It takes me 16 steps to get from my workplace to our little office pantry, which serves as the unofficial hub where most interactions between departments take place. On a … Continue reading →...
by Ideas That Work on Jun 25, 2015

How Stories Transform Lives

When I first came to AA, I wondered how the hell sitting around in a circle listening to one person talking, and the next person talking and …. could have anything to do with my stopping drinking? It didn’t seem very medical or scientific...

Helping Others Helps Us.

In AA they say people who engage in service, i.e. helping out at meetings, sharing, making the tea and coffee, sponsoring others, helping on A A telephone helplines, inter group etc  have a much greater chance of staying sober and in recovery  long...

Trust

In order to  fully  recover from alcoholism, addiction and addictive behaviours, we find we have to trust at least one other human being. This might be easy for some, to trust, but for me it was very difficult. Considering my upbringing, this was a...

A New Sense of Belonging!

Like many others in recovery from alcoholism and addictive behaviours I grew up with this really uneasy feeling of “not being part of”, “never belonging anywhere”. I felt like I did not belong or did not fit in. In fact it was only when I got...

The Benefits of Helping Others

Part 2 The helper therapy principle (HTP) observes the helper’s health benefits derived from helping another with a shared malady. The HTP is embodied by the program of Alcoholics Anonymous as a method to diminish egocentrism as a root cause of a...
by Inside The Alcoholic Brain on Jun 2, 2015

Carrying this Message to the Wider World?

Part 1 “Helping others in the program of AA has forged a therapy based on the kinship of common suffering…” Here we cite and use excerpts to show how helping others helps us in recovery and how the wider world can and has benefited...
by Inside The Alcoholic Brain on Jun 1, 2015

Cultivate Family

As regular readers know, I have been watching the new advertisement efforts of housing.com  with some interest. And yesterday, I saw two huge billboards with their ads outside the Siddhivinayak Mandir with the togetherness and help theme which pro...
by Wealthymatters on Mar 14, 2015

The More Beautiful World Our Heart Knows Is Possible

To one degree or another, all of us fail to understand just how much we are a product of our culture. Perhaps our most widely shared powerful characteristic is a radical individualism: our educational system, our economic system, our entertainment, a...

Why We Mourn The Death Of Celebrities

As we all know by now, actor Robin Williams died by suicide earlier this week. Sadly, his passing comes on the heels of other departures by famous people like Maya Angelou, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Shirley Temple and Paul Walker to … Continue re...
by SMART Living 365 on Aug 15, 2014

If You Really Knew a Person

One of my recent posts was called "If You Really Saw a Tree."  I stand by everything I wrote there, but I must admit I had a broader motive in mind.  Everything I said about trees can be adapted to any living thing--bears, birds, bats, bugs...

If You Really Saw a Tree

When we look at a tree and pass by without a thought, we have not really seen the tree. When we look at a tree, and say to ourselves "What a beautiful tree!" and keep going, we have had a glimpse, but still have not really seen the tree. When we lo...

Spiritual Practice: Connectedness

When we plant a tree we are planting ourselves John Halifax I heard once that the definition of spirituality is the simple art of making connections. Connections with one another, to Mother... A contemporary Medicine Woman walking a shamanic p...
by Shaman Medicine Woman on Jun 12, 2013

When Was the Last Time?

When was the last time you blew the seeds off a dandelion? When was the last time you walked barefoot on the lawn, or on a beach? When was the last time you watched a robin pause, cock its head, then plunge its head down into the grass and come up w...

The Lonely Place

"In the morning, long before dawn, he got up and left the house, and went off to a lonely place and prayed there."  (Mark 1:35) Henri Nouwen once wrote that the secret of Jesus' ministry is to be found in the lonely place--not just one particul...

Riveting Expat Reads: Turning International

Last month I mentioned that I was catching up on reading in the broad genre of expat life stories. At the time I was hopping between four distinctly different books: a memoir sharing insights and experience for those considering a mid-life move a...
by Adventures in Expat Land on Sep 15, 2012

Lessons from a "Disturbed" Child

New leaves, old berries--March 20, 2012 My daughter Jenny wrote a beautiful post on her music blog today that also fits perfectly with the New Wood blog, and so I want to highlight it.  While working on her music education degree she is also w...

We Are Not Cut Off

(For more sizes, click here) We are not cut off.  We have come to act as though we are cut off, but we are not.  And keeping up the act is painful.  We declare our freedom from ancient religions, and unthinkingly sever unseen spiritu...


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