Author: Recoverywise

Attitude of Gratitude

wp-1484928101125.jpgToday I will embrace an attitude of gratitude.  I will be thankful for the food on my plate.  I will be grateful for you who enter my life today.

I think too often we let life carry us on the breeze, and we often don’t “stop to smell the roses.”  Well, at least that happens to me at times.  Today, I will be grateful for the day, grateful for another day of sobriety.

I will be open to what others have to say.  I will be a better listener than I was yesterday.  I find that when I pause the urge to talk, my interactions are so much more rich.  I have to stop “waiting for my turn to talk.”  That’s a symptom of my disease.  There is room for more opinions than just my own today.

I will breath in the October air and relish the Fall of Earth.  It’s sights, sounds, scents.  I will live in the moment and just be today.  I will direct my attention towards gratitude, for the day, not just the moment…

Sooo…What Brings Your Dosha Here?

dosha on justruminating men's blog

Considered the oldest medical science in the world, Ayurveda is a form of holistic healing that has been practiced in India for more than 4,000 years. Derived from the Sanskrit roots of “Ayus,” meaning life, and “vid,” meaning knowledge, Ayurveda literally translates to the “knowledge of life.”

According to Ayurvedic principles, every aspect of life-the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual-contributes to your overall health. By balancing these elements and addressing the body as a whole, Ayurveda restores equilibrium when you’re ill and keeps your body’s natural defense system strong when you’re healthy.

Prevention vs. cure

Western medicine traditionally treats the symptoms of an illness or disease with medication and/or surgery to “cure” the patient. Ayurvedic medicine takes a holistic approach to prevent the onset of an illness or disease by monitoring a patient’s lifestyle including diet, emotional state, level of activity, sex life, work conditions and spirituality.

Ayurvedic practitioners emphasize natural foods and herbal remedies, and usually recommend yoga and meditation for all the doshas. But by taking your unique physical, mental and spiritual factors into consideration, an Ayurvedic practitioner can advise you based on your individual constitution — and help you take action to help you manage stress and prevent illness, lose weight, detoxify your body and maintain optimal health.

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My Recovery: Under Construction

wp-1484928101125.jpgToday is my 8th day at the VA Alcohol Rehab Program.  I’ve just showered after running/walking for 4 miles.  I can tell you I nearly broke down in tears out there because I was finally free (as in, out of jail last Monday free) to engage in it.

This is my first Treatment Program for treating my alcoholism, and I am about to turn 53, so this is all new to me.  As is this Blog I started last Wednesday, for MY wellness.  Side note:  many of my spiritual posts, New Age stuff, etc.  I saved from a previous New Age site from many years ago.  But one thing I can tell you for sure, I am under some heavy construction!

I didn’t realize just how much I have let go until I booked all the doctor’s appointments!  Alcoholism takes more than your mind, it takes your body and soul (soul is an entire other universe for today).

I can’t tell you how happy I was seeing the Optometrist and a Podiatrist in the same day.  I’m happy to report that my vision has only gone down slightly in two years, and my two big toenails were well attended to-bastards.  Oh, and I made a Dermatology appointment to see about reversing the affects of aging on my precious skin, hahaha.  No, seriously, I’m just now starting to wrinkle, not good!

I actually spent a lot of time walking while I was in Jail.  So, unlike many of the guys here, weight-wise I lost 25lbs.  I would like to get from the 225 moderate muscle tone, to 200 and good muscle tone now.

To sum up:  my body is well under construction, as is my mind.  My spirit has been under construction with the Bible since jail 5 months ago.  Nothing major really, you don’t have to lock up any children for gosh sakes.  Today was another day sober, many steps forward, and my on ramps are shaping up nicely!

Oh, I forgot to add, I quit smoking and am taking a med to help with that, but off all other medications; the hell with it, might as well give up all the whole stinking mess!  Right?  Stay tuned…Namaste!

Guided Meditation: Summer Meadow

These are the ultimate precious gifts of meditation, yet people are initially drawn to meditation for many different reasons. Some begin meditating because of a doctor’s recommendation, seeking the health benefits of lowered blood pressure, stress reduction, and restful sleep. Others come to meditation seeking relief from the fearful, angry, or painful thoughts that constantly flood their mind. Still others come to meditation to find greater self-understanding, to increase their intuitive powers, or to improve their ability to concentrate.

It is accurate to say that the purpose of meditation depends on the meditator – but it is also true that anyone who meditates regularly receives profound benefits on all of these levels – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.

Summer Meadow