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My Sunny Side: 8 Months Sobriety

I love nature! I grew up in New Hampshire, a mostly rural state with plenty of majestic woods, ponds, lakes, and the White Mountains.

Today I celebrate 8 months of sobriety!  It has been an interesting ride so far.  I became sober on May 12, the day I was put in jail.

Some would say that I am not undergoing the real “test” until I resume my “normal” life.  I would say that, although that may be somewhat true, I still choose everyday not to pick up.soberiety on justruminating men's blog

I have had certain events occur this week that have sorely challenged my sobriety.  And yet, I choose not to pick up.  As a matter of fact, I have hardly given these situations the energy that I might have normally when I was drinking; that’s tremendous progress!

Although there will always be forces in life testing my resolve, I am coming to understand the true nature of life and my mantras are acceptance and gratitude.  When I accept what life is dishing out, when I accept that I have to deal with life on life’s terms, I maintain control of my emotions.

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Similarly, when I go through my day mindful of all that I have to be grateful for, life’s problems shrink and become so much more manageable.  There will always be people, places, and things that will challenge me.  I used to think that life owed me happiness.  I used to think life owed me inordinate measures of peace and tranquility.

Alas, not so any more.  I now realize–yes, it’s taken me nearly 53 years–that the times of peace and tranquility are but fleeting and should be relished.  The rest of the time life is going to be life, people will be people.  I can’t change people.  I can’t change situations.  I can’t change life.

What I can change, however, is how I respond to them.  I can change how I think about them.  I can choose to relinquish my power or I can choose to not let them tap my inner resources.  I choose acceptance and gratitude.

Today, I am grateful for 8 months of recovery!  And nothing, and NOBODY, will ever take that away from me.  It’s not available.  It’s not an option.

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My Sunny Side: Meditation

I’ve decided to try a new feature in my blog: Sunny Side Up (I actually like over medium eggs lol) me trying to be my funny, sarcastic, positive, uplifting, grateful, off the wall self! I am going to show my positive side. My life is not all doom and gloom, And WovenEclipse helped me see that. So, thank you Rebecca!

If you have been with me for a time you will know my feelings on meditation.  I have included lots of stuff about how to meditate, the benefits of meditation, even actual mediations.  If you navigate around my site I have all kinds of things related to meditation.

Going from Classic Rock to American Indian Chants is quite a shift for me.  Going from the chaos of alcoholism, to sitting at peace with myself in the middle of a meditation, is becoming life changing.

This post isn’t about selling you on, or going into the myriad benefits of, meditation.  No, Sunny Side Up is about having my newfound positivity and gratitude in and for life come through.  And today, I am grateful for meditation and music that soothes my tired, troubled mind when it needs it.


Today was an awesome example of meditation and its healing effects.  Every Sunday we have a 9:30 Group for meditating.  Usually it’s a reading, and then 5-10 minutes of meditation.  Well, somewhere along the lines, someone forgot to tell me group was over because I came out of the meditation 40 minutes later!

I was in a state I had never felt before.  Usually when I meditate, I have to put a blinder on–you know, one of those sleep masks–put on headphones and pick just the right meditation.  This time, there was none of that and I was able to disappear into my mind for over 40 minutes!

The longest I ever meditated before was 25 minutes.  I cam out of it in a trance.  A profound happiness.  I walked outside and was actually laughing out loud over the experience.

If I were on my deathbed, and you asked me what the secret to happiness, wholeness, serenity was?  I would tell you MEDITATION MEDITATION MEDITATION!  Don’t be intimidated.  Read about it.  Start off with a few minutes.  But, DO IT!  TODAY.  Namaste!

Great 6 Minute How To Meditate Video

New Age: Kundalini part III of III Video

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Kundalini, in the Dharma religions, is a primal energy, or shakti, located at the base of the spine. Different spiritual traditions teach methods of “awakening” kundalini for the purpose of reaching spiritual enlightenment. Kundalini is described as lying “coiled” at the base of the spine, represented as either a goddess or sleeping serpent waiting to be awakened. In modern commentaries, Kundalini has been called an unconscious, instinctive or libidinal force, or “mother energy or intelligence of complete maturation”.

Kundalini awakening is said to result in deep meditation, enlightenment and bliss. This awakening involves the Kundalini physically moving up the central channel to reach within the Sahasrara Chakra at the top of the head. Many systems of yoga focus on the awakening of Kundalini through meditation, pranayama breathing, the practice of asana and chanting of mantras. In physical terms, one commonly reports the Kundalini experience to be a feeling of electric current running along the spine.

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