Thursday, January 21, 2010

True recovery is about joy

"Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don't open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.

Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground."

Rumi as translated by Coleman Barks

What recovery is really about is not abstinence, but rather joy.

We no longer need to anesthetize our boredom, our pain, our angst, but we have found ways of celebrating our existence that far outshines artificial intoxicants.

What we are about at GCASA is not deprivation and shame, but awakening to the authentic joy of life. This joy maybe something never known or long forgotten.

As John Bradshaw says, the main challenge of recovery is not having to give things up but rather finding better ways to fill the hole in our soul.

As Rumi says, take down your instrument and let the beauty we love be what we do.

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