Recovery One Breath at a Time

I have just finished listening to “Recovery One Breath at a Time” by Kevin Griffin. This is a program I have purchased from Sounds True. I really enjoyed listening and studying this program. I’ve taken many notes. Kevin Griffin has a very gentle approach, which I like very much. I thought I would share some of the information that has struck a chord with me. Even though this program is geared towards recovery from addiction, I find that the information shared by Kevin Griffin Could be of value to anyone. And as someone wrote lately, aren’t we mostly all addicts to some extent?

Kevin shares a lot about mindfulness as a way to recovery. I really like his take on the practice of mindfulness: “The mindfulness practice is about discovering what life really is rather than what we think it is.” He furthers goes to say that “Mindfulness shows us that our existence is actually made up of just a few things: seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, smelling and thinking. If we don’t engage these six sense experiences, we are missing out on life.” For most of my life, I lived in my head mostly unconscious. I now understand the value of engaging my senses in my life experiences, day in and day out. This also apply to my thinking. Although I spent a lot of time in my head, most of the time, I was not truly conscious of my thought processes. This is something I’m definitely working on at the moment.

Kevin goes on to say that “Fundamentally, all we are looking for is happiness.” and he then stresses the importance of being clear about what we want and to take full responsibility for achieving whatever it is we do want. So first of all, what is happiness? In Kevin’s words: “Happiness is about feeling fully connected, fully alive.” This is happiness! With this in mind, we must ask ourselves what is it that makes us happy. What will bring more happiness into our life? This is a very important first step. I’ve been a people pleaser most of my life and as such, I’m not entirely sure what truly makes me happy. Oh, I know how to make others happy! This is where I get lost. So one of my challenges, at this time, is to find out what makes me happy and commit to this for myself. Because in the end, true happiness comes from within and I’m the only one that can nurture this happiness.

Kevin talks about the importance of meditation and that meditation is a practice in mindfulness. That is an important tool in changing our relationship to our thoughts and in turn, this allows us to let go and trust in the process. He recommends starting with 20 minutes a day, or to have shorter meditation sessions throughout the day. Simply breathing in and out, being conscious of our breaths, is all that is needed. Thoughts will distract us but we just need to bring ourselves back to our breathing without judgements. Over time, this practice will become more effortless. It does take practice. I’ve been doing about 15 minutes every morning for about 10 days now. My thoughts are all over the place. I keep bringing my attention back to my breath, mentally saying ‘in’ as I breathe in and ‘out’ as I breathe out. The thoughts return and again I bring myself back to my breathing. It is far from effortless for me right now. In the past, a couple of meditation sessions would found me quitting. However I have realized that I need to keep this practice going.  I will get better and better over time. This is what practice does.

Kevin also says that “We are not bad people trying to get good. We are people who got stuck in negative patterns that need to be changed. Recovery and addiction are both about action and intention.” We are not bad people! We are not bad people! I’m not a bad person! This is so important to remember. We are not bad people. We never were! This shifts things for me. It shifts me from victimhood to empowerment. Through this shift in thinking, I can stop victimizing myself. If I’m a good person, why would I treat myself so poorly? Why would I allow negative patterns to lead my life? I’m a good person and I’m deserving of goodness. We all are.

One last thing I would like to share. Kevin talks about the importance of working with difficult emotions. One emotion he gives example of is worry. If we are charged up to worry about something, even though we stopped thinking about what worries us or we might have figured things out, this worrying energy takes longer to dissipate in the body. So it is important to work through the emotion in our body so as to release that energy completely. If we don’t do this, that energy will cause us to worry about something else and on and on it goes leaving us in a constant state of worry. The same applies to anger, sadness, anxiety, depression, etc. The way to work through the emotion in our body is to bring our attention to our solar plexus area, our guts, and feel what is going on there.  Not think about it but feel it. To really feel it and breath through it. This will release the energy which will allows us to truly move on from that emotion at that particular time. I’ve put this into practice last week and that really helped me in releasing some anxiety I had about something. It allowed my mind to clear and solutions that I had not thought of popped into my mind. It was quite powerful!

This program has so many gold nuggets throughout. I’ve only shared a few of these here. I most definitely recommend “Recovery One Breath at a Time” by Kevin Griffin from Sounds True to anyone. I’m not being remunerated in any way for writing this. I just enjoy sharing good stuff with you all.


10 Replies to “Recovery One Breath at a Time”

  1. Sounds True and Hay House are two of my favorite audio program companies.
    I agree that programs aimed at “addiction” audiences have great value for everyone.
    I read a Recovery book coauthored by Paul Williams and found very useful exercises included.

  2. Laura, thanks for dropping by and commenting! I have checked Hay House recently. I need to do that. I’ll also check on Paul Williams. I’m intrigued 🙂

  3. Simply breathing in and out, being conscious of our breaths, is all that is needed….
    This is something I use for myself as well…it is difficult for me but definitley works wonders for me.

    • Tina, I’m glad that you have experienced the benefits of sitting with yourself and your breath. That is home. It’s good to come back home once in a while 🙂

  4. What a wonderful post! How interesting! I’ve often tried to meditate but I need guidance because my thoughts, like yours, tend to wander all over, lol. I find some of the YouTube guided meditations are helpful. Thanks for sharing! I will look into Kevin Griffin 🙂

    • You are very welcome, Sal! I think finding what works for ourselves is very important. What might work for me might not necessary work for someone else and vice-versa. As the saying goes, there are many paths that lead to Rome. Also the thing about thoughts is that they wander. That’s what thoughts do. There’s no getting away from that. In meditation, we can think of them as clouds in the sky. They are there. They are floating by. We see them. Then we return to the breath. On and on, it goes. Apparently, it does get better over time. I don’t know personally. I’m not there yet 🙂

  5. What a lovely way you have of sharing and your words were so empowering to me this morning. The message that spoke to me is “We are Not bad people trying to get good. We are people that got stuck in negative patterns and are trying to change.” Sounds so obvious after someone else says it! Smile. I am off to meditate on this…

    • Lynne, I’m glad that you have enjoyed this post and have found it empowering. These words are very powerful for sure. Kevin Griffin said it so well! Something to remember 🙂

  6. This post I have read a couple times…speaks to me for the same reason the other post above by Lynne. “stuck in negative patterns” I was listening to an audible book on my way to work this morning, and it reiterated the same statement from your journal…I love it when that happens…

    Thank you again for journaling!

    • Thanks for sharing this, Tina! Yes, it’s awesome when we get the same message from different places. To me, it tells me that it is a message that needs my attention. Good job on paying attention, Tina!

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