Alcohol-Free May!

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May is a great month for change and renewal. It’s named after the ancient goddess Maia, who is associated with flourishing spring, fertility, and playfulness. In that creative spirit, throw off the habits of winter and wake up to spring!

If you’ve been struggling to go alcohol-free for some period of time, why not choose May? I’ve been AF for a couple of years, but I have some major habits I need to vacate in May, and I will use this time for my own mental spring-cleaning.

So … for every day in the month of May, I’m going to post one motivating blog that deals with self-love, self-empowerment, and the creative mind. The posts will also deal with how we perceive ourselves and our place in the world.

This will be a spiritual blog, but not in the religious sense. I follow A Course in Miracles, which is exactly what it says … it’s a course and not a religion, although it deals with spiritual themes and the nature of perception. And though I use the words God or Spirit, you can just as easily substitute Higher Power, Buddha, Yahweh, Allah, All That Is, The Universe, or any other term you’d like.

What I’ve found in my long search for sobriety is that the power to choose begins in the mind, and that it’s possible to use your thoughts to change not only your behavior, but your entire outlook on life. This power is available to every one of us, and in it lies the power to change the world.

Stay tuned!

Next Blog: Where I get my inspiration.

 

20 thoughts on “Alcohol-Free May!

  1. Since, I will be hitting 90-days in May, I’m simply going to work through today.
    I think it’s great for some people to choose the time frame they want to quit, because it should be a goal for some people. And I am glad I reads this post, simply for the inspiration behind it. Thank you, my friend! 🙂

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  2. “What I’ve found in my long search for sobriety is that the power to choose begins in the mind, and that it’s possible to use your thoughts to change not only your behavior, but your entire outlook on life.” What I’ve always enjoyed in your writing, is this abiding positivity. I know it’s a personal thing and if you’re struggling, reading about how well someone else is doing, may not be what you need, but for many more…it will be. I lost a dear friend to cancer almost 2 years ago. She knew she was going to die, but she raised thousands (almost 2 years ago) by doing a Marathon in May. She didn’t run all the way, but she did run some. Mostly she walked, despite being in the late stages of her cancer. I know this is not exactly the same thing, but you reminded me, and thought I’d share it with you. X

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    1. It is exactly the same thing! It’s such a coincidence that you would mention your friend. My aunt Mary Lynne was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was relatively young. I didn’t know her really well because she lived in Canada, but I would always hear from my mom about her walking and raising money, even after it was clear that she wasn’t going to recover. She was only 53 when she died, and I went to her funeral. That event changed me, and it also launched a kind of spiritual contact that I would never have hoped was possible. I was writing about her this week because it’s so hard to explain what happened. I was at such a low point at the funeral, and I got to see that an ordinary life is so important. After the service (which she planned), when we were all sitting around talking, I realized that in the end, her life was distilled of the pain and conflict, and all that was left was love.
      I decided then that if she mattered so much to her friends and family, then maybe I did too.

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  3. A Course in Miracles keeps coming up, over and over, in different places. I think that this may be little message from the universe that I, too, should check it out. So glad you posted! xoxo

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      1. Yes, I would. The first time I glanced through a Course in Miracles, it didn’t resonate with me, but Marianne Williamson’s book “A Return to Love” made all the difference. Oprah called that book the one that most changed her life, and I would have to say the same. ; )

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