July 5

PATIENCE MONTH: DAY 5: “Patience, patience! Even the camel with its huge nostrils can only take one breath at a time.”― Marty Rubin

Haha! Isn’t that great? I think so. There are SO many ways we can practice this particular spiritual principle. And knowing WE are not the authors of the story of our lives is just one.

We can make up all the story versions we want, but there are so many things over which we have no control. Time is certainly the big one. Life is another. Outcomes are never in our control. And we all must learn to align our energy with that of the Universal Power/Force.

Breathwork is a spectacular way to learn to align. It helps immensely with meditation and mindful movement of the body. If we are moving too fast and breathing from the chest, we will experience loss of breath and dizziness of the mind. That is not good.

If we breath from the chest and don’t move at all, we are not getting oxygen to vital organs, including our brains, thereby shortening our life spans and depleting horribly the nature of the life we have. We cannot be fully present or functional that way. Sedentary life is so limited and constricted.

Rapid movement that is not mindful is just like a dog chasing its tail. Goes nowhere and does nothing. It is the idea of “doing” rather than “being” that creates so much unhappiness. Almost as much as doing nothing.

The balance lies in learning to be meditative in all areas of our lives. Mindfulness can only be achieved through meditation. Usually many years of practice to achieve an offset from our addictive minds and beliefs. There is a whole step designed around that concept. Thoughtless actions, words, and lives are not going to be happy ones. They are lived in default. While we have these steps to achieve certain aspects of life, the two most important come at the end…meditation and service. That is the goal, not the path. To be present enough to perform these two practices is, in my book, the end result of these steps. They enhance the life so that no return to drinking/using behaviors is ever possible or probable. Nothing else does that for us.

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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