Peaceful – Even For A Moment

May 27, 2012

ImageI want to be peaceful, if only for a moment;
to turn off the pain for a little while;
to stop the ever-present chattering of my mind.

These are the things that most addicts want. The only thing they know that will give it to them is their drug if choice. At first it works well, right whenever the addict uses it.  Then, like a fickle friend, the drug of choice plays the ultimate trick.

The addict needs to use more and more to find that moment of peace! It takes less and less to release the monster of intoxication. All too soon the drug of choice stops working and starts destroying. It becomes a problem instead of a problem solver. It causes pain instead of taking it away. It creates inner turmoil and destroys any chance of finding the peaceful state that it originally promised. The big lie of alcohol and drugs becomes clear – they will not permanently peacefulness to the troubled mind. They will not take away my pain or solve my problems.

My drug of choice no longer gives me what I want, but the pain and emptiness of stopping seems unbearable. I am addicted. Trapped by that which once set me free. This is the reality of addiction. It is a game for losers who want to believe in the quick fix and the easy way out. It’s easy to start and difficult to stop. Admission is free but addiction makes you pay a big price to get out.



The Mind Is A Powerful Thing

May 13, 2012

The mind is a powerful thing. It grows and changes in response to our experiences and willful choices. The concept is known as brain plasiticity. The brain grows and changes in response to our experiences throughout the entire human life cycle.

As a result of brain plasticity, the mind – within a set of limits not yet known – can heal the body . We push those limits by focusing our conscious thoughts upon setting goals, developing plans, and working hard to actualize those goals. We do it by thinking, imaging, and creating a vivid and compelling vision of what we want to become. By this imaging or vivid re-imaging process, we expand the capacity of our mind-brain and actually rewrite our programing and our potential. This is how we actualize our dreams. To actualize means to make real through action. 

The brain is the physical foundation of the mind. The mind is the non-physical aspect of human consciousness that makes us self-aware or self-conscious. This self-awareness makes us capable of not only knowing who and what we are, but knowing that we know. Self-awareness gives us the capacity to grow beyond the limitations of genetic programing.

This capacity for self-awareness is called the higher self, or the observing self, or the silent witness. This capacity to detach, observe ourselves, and make decisions to change gives us the capacity to grow beyond our previous programing and our previous limitations. It does not happen on its own. We must make the choice and take the steps to make it happen.

The way we anticipate what tomorrow may bring, sets the power of our mind-brain to work. Tomorrow always comes, bringing with it both new promise and new challenges. The way we practice anticipating tomorrow trains the brain to respond as if it were so. In this way, we condition the brain to create, again within limits unknown, the tomorrow we anticipate and mentally prepare for, rather than the tomorrow we desire.

There is always something to be grateful for. gratitude focuses the mind on the positive experiences of the past, and by doing so, trains the mind in the present, to reproduce the object of gratitude in the future.

A Gratitude List, therefore,  Is a powerful tool for focusing the mind on what really counts. As we focus our mind, the brain will slowly follow. As the brain follows, the body heals. Like a boat well made, the mind and body are self-righting mechanisms designed to stay afloat during storms, and even if turn over, to right themselves. The ability rebalance is built into the design. This is why I believe that the mind is a powerful thing! 

Read: Straight Talk About Addiction
by Terence T. (Terry) Gorski
http://www.relapse.org – www.cenaps.com


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