Spirituality – A Means to and End or a Remembering of Who we are?

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Spirituality – A Means to and End or a Remembering of Who we are?

0 Comments 15 January 2015

Originally written for www.spiritualityireland.com Spirituality –  A means to an end or a remembering of who we really are? The world, it seems, is in the midst of revolution. The numbers of people waking up and seeking truth and breaking the shackles of repression, both on a personal and societal level, are rising daily. Never [...]

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Life on Lifes Terms

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Life on Lifes Terms

2 Comments 12 January 2015

Guest Blog written by Amelia Atkins. So here I am not quite 34 years old, a mother of 2, wife, musician, Reiki Master and Alcoholic/Addict. Labels and more Labels. I have recently been diagnosed with Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) so I now also carry the label “disabled.” I came into the program of AA when [...]

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I’m New Year Resolution Free Again For 2015!

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I’m New Year Resolution Free Again For 2015!

1 Comment 30 December 2014

How many times l have wished I had a crystal ball so I could have even a small glimpse into what the future has in store for me. Never is there a time that we have more hope, more dreams and more expectations than the beginning of a new year. As we frantically make lists [...]

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I used to be a drunk bah humbug Christmas hater!

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I used to be a drunk bah humbug Christmas hater!

0 Comments 22 December 2014

I don’t know about anyone else but the sparkly tones of jingly Christmas music manages to summon up a medley of feelings and emotion inside me – some welcome and some not so welcome. There are moments when I’ll feel all festive and my attempts at singing along to “Oh I wish it could be [...]

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A vision of beauty! Why has it turned ugly?

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A vision of beauty! Why has it turned ugly?

4 Comments 09 December 2014

Like most girls and indeed guys, I like to look my best. I guess for me looking my best coincides or in fact begins with feeling my best. Pre recovery I’d try to make myself feel good by obsessing over my appearance. Endless buying of clothes, sweating at the gym and purchasing of miracle creams [...]

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The Real Issues Behind The Irish Peoples Water Protests!

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The Real Issues Behind The Irish Peoples Water Protests!

5 Comments 26 November 2014

This topic may seem a very different area than the topics I usually write about which is mental health and addiction. However, the catastrophic social issues that Ireland is facing at the moment has lead and will continue to lead to an increase in poor mental health and increased substance abuse. This essay was originally [...]

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Gender Inequality Is Alive And Well In Recovery!

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Gender Inequality Is Alive And Well In Recovery!

2 Comments 24 November 2014

Sitting in a meeting recently, I listened to a young woman in floods of tears, speak about how really difficult it is sometimes for her to not drown out reality with chemicals. She sobbed uncontrollably about how it was so difficult to work for shit pay, be a single parent to two children and stay [...]

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Are addicted people really “wired differently?”

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Are addicted people really “wired differently?”

0 Comments 04 November 2014

There was a time, up until quite recently if I’m being honest, that I gained a quiet comfort from the notion that because I was once unable to function without alcohol, I am “wired differently”. After all, in addiction recovery circles we hear that on a consistent basis and for some of us it has [...]

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Can Live Online 12 Step Meetings Heal The World?

0 Comments 16 October 2014

There was a time when my recovery was confined to 12 step meetings in my own home group in my own little town, in my own corner of the world. That corner of the world would be Ireland, for those of you who have no idea who I am. Initially I didn’t really notice that [...]

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Have YOU got the Courage to change?

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Have YOU got the Courage to change?

7 Comments 08 October 2014

  Am I brave enough to live my own reality? Do I have the strength to step outside the social norm and give two fingers to a stifling societal expectancy that doesn’t honor me, and allow myself to become who I really am?  These questions have become the bedrock on which I make decisions these [...]

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