Reflections in the Mirror – You and Yourself

Leading from the heart. . .

This is a topic that interests me greatly.  I think we are drawn to those ideas that we know to be worthy even though we can’t always adhere to them in our daily activities.  It’s a simple idea, really, and requires little more than the decision to ask ourselves, “Is […]

Taking charge of how we feel within every experience can transform one’s life. . .

How I saw myself and how I felt were in the hands of others for the better part of the first four decades of my life.  I “danced” around the actions and the opinions of every one, desperately trying to be accepted and not rejected.  What had made me that […]

Peace and gratitude are intertwined.

I can still recall, as though it were yesterday, complaining bitterly to my early sponsor that nothing seemed to be changing in my life.  I was still filled with anxiety.  I was still obsessed with what others might be thinking of me.  I was still doubting that I’d ever feel […]

The presence of peace is an inside job. . .

I was with a group of friends last night and our discussion centered around the attainment of peace.  It’s illusive, for sure.  We can want it desperately and even be living it, but in the blink of an eye the ego can high-jack us into making judgments and all peace […]

How troubling are your character defects?

On Sunday, Jo Campe, the minister at The Recovery Church in St. Paul asked us to think about our character defects. I don’t know about you but I hate to think about my character defects, particularly the one that’s pointed out to me on a regular basis.  However, I know […]

Getting grounded after a trip is crucial to making the trip worthwhile. . .

I just spent six days on the west coast, working and seeing college friends.  I arrived home at midnight on Monday night.  It’s Thursday now and I’m finally feeling “normal.”  As I have aged I realize that any travel is a bit more tiring, particularly when one’s body has to […]

God’s will is loving thought. Isn’t it?

A few evenings ago I was in a wonderful meeting and among other things, we discussed God’s will.  I can still remember with such clarity how troubled I was with this idea when I first heard others discussing it in my early days of recovery.  Like so many people before […]

Practicing mindfulness, (for me) needs near constant commitment. . .

I’m not a great meditator, in the traditional sense.  When I first got sober I took a course in Transcendental Meditation, as did many of my friends.  It had become the rage in the seventies.  I paid $75.00 for the training and a mantra that I was assured was spoken […]

Staying the course even when we want to veer to the right. . .

What does staying the course mean?  I have thought about this a lot because of the recovery path I have remained committed to for the past 35 years.  The way I see it, it means continuing with the daily routine that keeps me spiritually grounded even when I want to […]

Will what I am about to say, be helpful?

I pose that question because I think it’s worthy of consideration in every conversation I  have.  I have tried over the past few years to let those words guide me when sharing my opinions with others.  It’s simply so natural for me to think I have all the answers; that […]