Conscious Contact

Conscious Contact

I recently spent several weeks in a rehab facility (read nursing home) because I broke my knee. I live alone, and the medical professionals did not trust me to be safe at home while I was recovering. I met several people in that facility who were facing alcoholism’s...
Mindfulness in Sobriety

Mindfulness in Sobriety

I work in an office building that has multiple tenants.  One of those tenants regularly does work for the federal government, and some of those projects require special clearance, including the frequently dramatized “top secret” clearance.  Among other precautions,...
Why Meditation Isn’t What You Think

Why Meditation Isn’t What You Think

As someone who was introduced to the Twelve Steps as a means of overcoming some extremely destructive behaviors, I have to admit that many of the concepts captured in those simple Twelve Steps were not – at first – principles and actions that would have naturally...

Finding balance: caring for self while helping others

I’ve heard the saying, “It’s a selfish program.” What does that mean exactly? Well I interpret that statement to mean, you must take care of yourself before you can help anyone else. Actually it’s one of the kindest decisions we can make, to care for...
How Does Mindfulness Help Me Stay Clean & Sober

How Does Mindfulness Help Me Stay Clean & Sober

It was not long into my latest attempt to stay clean and sober that it was pointed out to me that I had a broken mind. At first I was offended because I had relied on my mind to find my way out of scrapes and jack pots and had come to depend only on my own thinking as...