Without guidance, I started seeking spiritual enlightenment at a very early age. As a first grader, each Sunday, I made my dad drop me off at the neighborhood church. There was no talk of religion in my house, so I don’t know where the desire to go to church came from. The only thing I can guess is I had friends who told me there were donuts there. Donuts are very spiritual to a six-year old. I loved everything about church. We sang and we ate the donuts (that’s probably where my sugar addiction started!) I liked the community, and I really liked vacation bible school because we ate “biblical food” like cheese and figs. It always comes back to food for me. I also liked making ashtrays for my dad.
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For many years I lived in a mindset that the more stress I was under, the more powerful I was. By telling people how busy I was, I felt important. With a stress addicted life comes many negative behaviors. Being overly stressed meant I self-medicated more. For a long time that self-medication was alcohol. The only positive thing that came out of being a stress addict for me was eventual sobriety and finally learning mindfulness. Once the pain was no longer worth the power I thought I was getting out of being “busy,” I found solutions to living a more peaceful, balanced life.
We made a video for you!! In this episode, we discuss one of the most important relationships you will ever have…your relationship with food. As addicts and alcoholics, we tend to use food to self-medicate and over complicate things. Learn strategies to prevent this and improve your relationship with food.
“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” ― Bruce Lee
The old me was nothing like water. I fought everything I came into contact with whether I was in active addiction or just a dry drunk. The drug I loved most -sober or not- was control. Self will run riot to the extreme. My anger and control wreaked so much havoc in my life that I ended up laying in a hospital bed dying in 2010. That was one of the many bottoms that would lead me to a way of life with tools to become more like water. Continue reading Be Like Water…