Embody The Fullness of Womanhood – By Kyczy Hawk

I have been on this planet for a while – and in my recovery just about half as long. I have seen society go through a number of shifts regarding women, and I have seen women go through a number of shifts regarding themselves. The rooms of recovery have changed in response to both of these. From the early days when recovering women were seen as potential threats to their newly sober husbands, to the need to be warned against thirteen stepping for reasons of safety as well as sanity; the role of women in recovery has changed. From the back row to leadership roles women are embodying their strength and voice. Yoga, once the exclusive practice of men has nearly reversed – where men are fewer in number in many studios. (Author’s note: Look, however, to leadership and status- the gender of those in that forum is out of… Continue reading

Spiritual Awakening – By Mark Goodson

  See more of Marks work at markgoodson.com     Spiritual Awakening I had an estranged discovery re-surge in me; it brimmed out from a distant border, like some cosmic debris, not born in or made for this world. Suddenly, each step became a dance; songs were sung in single words. My thoughts, thrown askance, forced me to look again at every certainty. I saw light descend through cloudy tiers, and tall grasses shimmer like the sea. The breezes blew an old secret, sweet and cool. Ashamed that I grew content with grounded feet, I flew a mile if I marched a foot. I felt once more imagination afloat. Continue reading

Stop Overthinking & Color – It’s Like Yoga On A Page

Are you like everyone else, needing to de-stress? Do you struggle with negative self-talk, or the need to be perfect, or maybe you’re looking for a new way to fill time and space in your life—preferably a creative one? For some time, therapists, some say even Carl Jung, have been prescribing coloring as one of their healing tools. And with every book, big box, and arts-and-crafts store offering endless bins of coloring books, a new release or simple joy is at your beck and call. Even better, there’s a new one designed especially for people in recovery that not only features beautiful images but soothing words and affirmations inspired by the Twelve Steps. Inkspirations for Recovery (HCI Books) has arrived. Recovery icon Rokelle Lerner, best known for Daily Affirmations for Adult Children of Alcoholics, the author on the book said, “The effect of coloring on the brain is amazing for… Continue reading

Just A Little Nervous From The Fall – By Tommy Rosen

Kintsukuroi is the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery through the use of a lacquer resin sprinkled with gold powder to mend the broken pieces back together.  At some point in the 15th Century, the Japanese started to employ this technique.  Collectors everywhere started to clamor after these repaired pieces because they were seen to be much more beautiful than the originals. Kintsukuroi artists became known not so much for their ability to make things as good as new, but instead to render them better than new.  The piece is considered more beautiful for having been broken.  Looking at a potted bowl, for example, as having life force, many would say that the bowl’s “energy” was finished the moment it was dropped or broken. From the Kintsukuroi perspective the true life of the bowl actually began the moment it was dropped. Such is the case for people on the path… Continue reading

Loving Self and Others – By Kyczy Hawk

What does Valentine’s Day have to do with yoga and recovery? Love, admiration, and relationships that are discovered within ourselves and with one another at meetings and other sharing. But occasionally we draw in advertising, movies, and other social media and experience sadness, loneliness, and, maybe, self pity. Sometimes we crave and contemplate what we are sure others have when we see the ads and the promotions for gifts and greeting cards. It can be painful. This celebration of chocolate and all things sweet can be a challenge when you are dealing with food issues. The illusion that “everyone else is in love” can bring up relationship issues. You may find yourself having to navigate the field of wants within yourself. How can you observe your life in a healthy way and enjoy the friendships you have? And you do have friends. We, in recovery, can find friendship. Partnership, a… Continue reading