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If I Had a Voice – Daria Gimon

If I had a voice I’d tell the world about You I’d tell them you opened up my heart like a scarred-over wound that never really healed like an emerging flower poking its way into the ether   If I had a voice I’d tell them the truth about Your spirit that You’re the essence of me in a mirror brightly lit that if I pried me open everyone would be blinded by Your inner Light   If I had a voice I’d speak of the lonely that swallowed me whole of how my naked toes turned inward my head dropped forward and my eyes shut tight against the brutiful reality of life down here   of how my wings were clipped of how the chameleon could transform her colour at the drop of a “hello” or a scrap of “you matter” because you see   I had no voice.… Continue reading

3 Social Benefits of Recovering from Alcoholism – Mary Lamphere

If you’ve ever turned to alcohol with hopes of becoming more outgoing and social, you’re not alone. Many who struggle with alcohol abuse started drinking in the first place due to feeling shy, awkward, or anxious in social settings. But what many don’t realize is that quitting drinking can actually improve your social life, and repair relationships that may have suffered on behalf of alcoholism. Nobody should have to quit drinking on their own without help and support, including you. Recovery is a long and rewarding process with many benefits along the way. Here are three social benefits associated with quitting drinking and overcoming alcohol addiction. 1. Gain Total Control of Your Actions Intoxication can make you say and do things you normally wouldn’t do when sober. In most cases, drinking can lower your inhibitions and influence you to engage in negative, destructive behaviors. For instance, you might say hurtful… Continue reading

Yogic Tools for Recovery: A Guide to Working the 12 Steps – A Review by Erika Duffy

Many of our human brains excel at separating, dissecting, labeling, categorizing and organizing concepts in an attempt to make them more understandable, yet terribly complicated. This author has, in her genius, taken incredibly complex, timeless wisdom and historically successful methodologies for healing and made them simple(not easy), comprehensible and accessible. Over the years I have wrestled, like many people, to regulate my personal fluctuations between my attachments to pleasure and my aversion to pain settling on a “healthier addiction” to collecting books or knowledge. In constant pursuit to quell my endless thirst for the most up to date, accurate resources for my own personal growth and to assist my offerings to students and residents I work with countless books lining multiple shelves, desks, tables and even the floor alongside my bed. For the past twelve years I have been a facilitator of yoga and meditation in schools, camps, studios and… Continue reading

Why Do Christians Need Recovery?

Contrary to what most churches will tell you, Christian brains are just as susceptible to addictions as non-Christian brains. Becoming a Christian does not instantly give you a new brain, anymore than it gives you new legs, arms or any other body part. The brain is part of the physical body, NOT the spiritual soul. Churches advocate going to the dentist for your teeth, the doctor for medical issues, but if your brain is leading you astray, the church says, “all you need is Jesus.” The irony of this is that churches are filled with untreated addicts. From the pastors to the janitors, there is rampant addiction to; religion, food, nicotine, control, codependency, drugs, porn, alcohol, gambling, anger, and the list goes on and on. In fact, according to the Barna Group, “57 percent of pastors and 64 percent of youth pastors in the U.S. have succumbed to pornography either… Continue reading

Resurrecting A Melting Pot – Award winning poetry by Cassandra Smith

Photography by Kenny P Huge egos- blinded by greed leading us nowhere Tweeting, texting, mocking normal conversations     Pure White doves flying around carrying olive branches Shot down- silencing peace stifling truth     Confusion breeding pain & panic guns blasting away- Its children- Fear & Ignorance     Compassion communicating Commonsense listening Lifting lonely survivors-                                not failures-off of sidewalks     Our arms wide open- welcoming Immigrants- our invisible workers Allowing Everyone – a life without fear     Lady liberty holding a flaming torch Head high, no shame Lighting a path for displaced humans People escaping wars & worse     Money no longer dictating everything who comes-who stays Rainbows- not colored red like- Blood spilling over     Marching – arm in arm for equality &justice ignoring acrid hatred hiding behind fake smiles     We must take to the streets- signs held high above… Continue reading