Notes from Mindful Recovery:
“The everyday is sacred.”
“Life with whatever it is we now desire, that we hope will make us happy, is still just life. Only a life that takes joy in the little things of the present moment is a life of peace, happiness, and fulfillment.”
“Mindfulness is not about tuning in to the remarkable and fabulous. Seeking the remarkable and the fabulous is part of what traps us in addiction to begin with. Instead, it is about finding what has been called ‘ordinary magic’.”
“We cannot just change by deciding to change, we must come to view ourselves in a different way.”
“Think of change as a marathon, not a sprint. Give yourself time. This work requires patience with yourself and a gentle persistence, not sudden and muscular bursts of effort.”
“Every moment does not need to be filled with something, with some activity. When you stop trying to fill moments, you become aware of the underlying fullness already there.”
It has been a week since I last drank and 31 days since I began my recovery!
It has also been a week since I went vegan!
I’ve lost some weight, am sleeping well, and have no trace of anxiety which is AMAZING! I have been insanely busy but it’s all been good things – making lots of money, journal stuff, and improving my health and fitness.
So I’ve ‘gotten sober’ for 1-3 months before (never made it past that) and around this time is usually when I start to get comfortable, if not cocky, in my sobriety. I know this from my past relapses, and so I realize I have to stay very aware of myself during these times.
Cravings to drink are finally gone for the most part. I flipped through some old posts on here and it was crazy to relive some of that pain and struggle. I have managed to do some rewiring of my mind and the results have been wonderful, but I still have work to do. I am still very easily distracted and struggling to stay focused on the task at hand. I think right now the hardest think for me is moderating my social media intake. I am such a junkie for that instant gratification of checking my FB and IG. It’s something I really need to work on detatching from.
Also, my obsession with productivity has been tough to overcome. This tends to give me a bad case of the shoulds throughout the day.
On the other hand, my gratitude muscles are getting stronger. It’s amazing how much this helps with keeping a clear and positive mindset. I wake up and try and think about everything I am thankful for. Same before I go to sleep. I should also try and do this during boring moments of the day.
Well, going to go write a local update for the journal. TATA and holla I’m so grateful for my sobriety!