14 Day Meditation Challenge

Science now backs the benefits of meditation, but more than that, it just makes everything better! The thing about meditation is that it can be a lot like eating healthy or getting to the gym, which means it can be challenging to stay accountable.

That’s why we created the #meditate14 challenge! Let’s team up to dedicate 10 minutes of our day for at least 14 days to meditate and see if we notice any differences in our lives. We can be partners in our practice by posting on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or here in the comments below. Use the hashtag #meditate14 plus tag us on any of our social media outlets and we’ll enter you into the drawing to attend our online Six Weeks To Evolved Recovery course coming soon!

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Podcast Episode 31: Breaking Down Meditation

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This week we dive deeper into the practice of meditation.  We talk about the benefits of meditation and how it affects our lives in a positive way. Meditation can help with quitting smoking, fat loss, sugar avoidance, and an overall happier, more productive life.

Meditation Challenge details coming soon!!

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You Are Not Who You Once Were

As my 30-year high school reunion quickly approached this summer, I was filled to the brim with ambivalence and negativity about attending. High school really was NOT my favorite thing, I didn’t enjoy it and I don’t have the fond memories some people often have. Many factors play into this sentiment, one of the primary reasons being that I moved around often as a child and high school was, by my count, the 10th school I attended. As the perennial new girl, in order to fit in and feel comfortable in my own skin, I drank and later used my way through my teenage years. Continue reading You Are Not Who You Once Were

Life’s A Beach

The past week was one of the best experiences of my life and I owe it all to recovery. It was a very simple thing really. Nothing in comparison to some of the bragging rights of my past, but far outweighs any of those ego driven experiences. I went on vacation with my family. Nothing new, I’ve done this many times. What was different? Me.

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Podcast Episode 28: There Is No One Fix In Health

Everywhere you turn people are touting the benefits of essential oils, smoothies, juices, juice pills, supplements. Especially thanks to Dr. Oz and those like him. People have been selling “cure alls” for centuries. Take snake oil for instance. This week we discuss the importance of holistic health and how it takes multiple components to achieve optimal health.

Kendall talks about her experiences making smoothies with over 20 vegetables and fruits every morning. Spoiler alert: pink poop is in this conversation.

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Podcast Episode 27: Addiction In The News

This week Susan and Kendall check in and discuss alcohol and recovery themed articles.

We welcome your questions and topics by email at info@evolvedrecovery.com. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher, download the MP3, or use the player featured below.

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Empathy and The Addict

“Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?”

― Henry David Thoreau

I used to watch a show called Charmed about three sisters who were witches with different powers. Alyssa Milano’s character “Phoebe” becomes an empath, meaning she could feel other people’s feelings. Being empathetic is not just a magical power. It’s something most humans are capable of. Well, perhaps sociopaths are incapable of being empathetic. Alcoholics and addicts can have a difficult time feeling empathy. We are generally self-centered during the time when this deadly disease is consuming our lives. A theory I’ve been looking at is that perhaps alcoholics and addicts are highly empathetic. We’re certainly a sensitive lot! I wonder if experiencing other’s feelings is too much for us. Just like pain and joy can be difficult to feel, we medicate all of the feelings, including empathy. In my quest to be more empathetic, I’ve begun a research project to better understand how empathy works. I imagine it could take years, perhaps decades, to complete this work but for now it’s a beginning.

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The Anonymous People Movie Review

I recently had the chance to see the film The Anonymous People while attending the REEL Recovery Festival, a film festival dedicated to showcasing filmmakers who make honest films about addiction, alcoholism, behavioral disorders, treatment and recovery. I was excited since the movie was released in 2013 and I hadn’t yet had the chance to see it and I had received many recommendations from friends about it. It was a fantastic film that really shed light upon four salient points that really hit home for me, so I thought I’d write an article encompassing these great points. Continue reading The Anonymous People Movie Review

Podcast Episode 26: Dr. Emily Deans, Evolutionary Psychiatry

This week we interview Emily Deans, M.D. aka the “Evolutionary Psychiatrist” to get a medical perspective on recovery and detox. Emily is a board certified adult psychiatrist practicing in Massachusetts. The overarching theory she explores is that our bodies and brains do best in conditions for which they are evolved.  She digs up scientific information and presents it in that context. She feels that by studying evolutionary medicine, we come closer to the answers for optimal conditions for health and vitality. You can find Dr. Emily Deans on Psychology Today.

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I Am Not Anonymous

A few months ago our friend and Evolved Recovery Show guest, Allison Hudson (It’s A Lush Life,) shared that the folks from I Am Not Anonymous would be in Charlotte hosting a photo shoot. Seeing as how I never pass up the opportunity for a fancy photo session, I signed right up! Kate and Tom were so wonderful and kind at the shoot. The energy in the room was spectacular. I met people in the recovery community in my city that I hadn’t met before and one woman has become a great friend since. (My story is posted below.)

Kate is an incredibly talented photographer and she has this way of making people who’ve probably spent most of their lives in shame and self-loathing due to addiction, suddenly feel like the most beautiful person on the planet when they see themselves through her lens. The work Kate and Tom are traveling around the country doing is crucial to helping people recovery. The I Am Not Anonymous mission is to bring the SOLUTION into the conversation in hopes of helping the millions of people who remain untreated and help the world understand that addiction is not a moral failing. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be part of this project. If they make it through your town, I highly recommend this experience!

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