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From one of our favorite daily meditation books by Mark Nepo:
All That We Are Not [June 28]
Discernment is a process of letting go of what we are not. - Father Thomas Keating
I can easily over-identify with my emotions and roles, becoming what I feel: I am angry....I am divorced....I am depressed....I am a failure....I am nothing but my confusion and my sadness....
No matter how we feel in any one moment, we are not just our feelings, our roles, our traumas, our prescription of values, or our obligations or ambitions. It is so easy to define ourselves by the moment of struggle we are wrestling with. It is a very human way, to be consumed by what moves through us.
In contrast, I often think of how Michelangelo sculpted, how he aw the sculpture waiting, already complete, in the uncut stone. He would often say that his job was to carve away the excess, freeing the thing of beauty just waiting to be released.
It helps me to think of spiritual discernment in this way. Facing ourselves, uncovering the meaning in our hard experiences, the entire work of consciousness speaks to a process by which we sculpt away the excess, all that we are not; finding and releasing the gesture of soul that is already waiting, complete, within us. Self-actualization is this process applied to our life on Earth. The many ways we suffer, both inwardly and outwardly, are the chisels of God freeing the thing of beauty that we have carried within since birth.
*Sit quietly, and as you breath, feel all that troubles you rise through your body.
*As you breathe, allow these troubles to move away from you.
*Breathe deeply and accept the stillness that comes. It is the skin of your soul, waiting in its completeness for you to carve away the excess of your very human moods.

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Another staff favorite: a little taste of Gretchen Rubin's blog and podcasts on happiness and good habits. Enjoy!


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A great article from Fulfillment Daily: Science-Backed News for a Happier Life on the secret power of breath.

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"Connection and meaning is what gives meaning to our lives. It's why we're here."

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Summertime can be tricky in Recovery. Check out this helpful article about how to have fun in the sun and enjoy summertime without substances!

Inner Belief Daily Meditation [June 20, 2017]

I believe in this world; it is the place that I have been born into. I love the breeze and the grass, the sky and the water. I have an intimate exchange with nature – like a lover. I feel held and nourished by it. I believe in people; they are the species to which I belong. I recognize that, underneath our superficial differences, we all want and need the same things. I believe that truth and goodness will prevail. I have experienced and seen more healing than I thought would ever happen. I feel good with small gains. I see deep meaning in quiet things, and I am moved by a power that I cannot explain but that I sense inside and out. Today, I feel good.

I believe in life.

– Tian Dayton PhD

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Chel Hamilton's connects the physiology of confidence with our state of mind in one of her Meditation Minis Podcasts, mind-shifting meditations to help you feel better fast.


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Three sweet interviews about what it means to be a dad.
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