The Gordian Knot, Regret & You

End the Stranglehold of Shame. Here’s how… Shame sits hard on an alcoholic. It casts shadows on our sense of worth. It follows us almost of its own volition. But shame is a choice. Overcome the downward spiral of rumination and self-recrimination, and choose compassion and esteem instead. Here’s how: We’ll start with a taleContinue reading “The Gordian Knot, Regret & You”

Eat to Stay Sober

What to Eat & Drink to Succeed in Early Sobriety (+ 6 Over-the-Hump Supplements) When I quit drinking, several years ago, it seemed as though the wineglasses were singing to me from the cupboard. It was agony. The first three days of sobriety are usually the hardest. You feel like crap and the temptation toContinue reading “Eat to Stay Sober”

Good Mood Super Food

When you’re in stress, anxiety, grief, or addiction recovery, moderation isn’t on the top of your list. At a deep subconscious level, you’re more concerned with survival. You find comfort whenever, wherever, and however you can. While you can’t really “eat yourself happy,” you can choose foods that support – instead of sabotage – yourContinue reading “Good Mood Super Food”

Train Your Brain to Pause and Choose Better…Automatically

The best amends and the most important apologies are the ones you don’t have to make. This blogcast explores the power of choice, how to have more of it, and how to use it—especially when you’re about to tip over, speak harshly, or do something regrettable. Recovery tells us to “pause when agitated or doubtful.”Continue reading “Train Your Brain to Pause and Choose Better…Automatically”

My Mind Races When I Meditate. Help!

One of the most certain killers of a meditation practice is this common complaint: “I can’t stop my mind.” Well, yeah. That’s the whole point. No one can completely stop his or her thoughts, not even experienced meditators, let alone those of us new to the practice. Think of meditation as doing pushups for yourContinue reading “My Mind Races When I Meditate. Help!”