As I prepare to embark upon a month-long journey across Canada, I’m reminded
to take my own Medicine with regards to one of my favorite topics: Pilgrimage.

What exactly is a Pilgrimage?

How is it different than regular travel?

To answer the first question…

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You Know Those Dreams that are More Real than Reality?
Those dreams can be powerful, disturbing and deliver quite a jolt but what
exactly are they all about?

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It can’t be good.

From a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) standpoint, this medication is a form of Fire. It causes the mind to burn faster and with an increased intensity, which produces the desired results of enhanced mental focus.

But at what cost?

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One factor that greatly determines whether or not you’re successful in recovery is the kind of relationship you have with your partner. To begin our exploration of this material, we’ll identify which of the three different types of partners you have and from there, how you should go about taking care of your part in the Dance of the Relationship.

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“You’re not surrendering and you’re trying to remain in control of an uncontrollable situation. Classic denial!”

That is what the hosts of a 12-Step podcast were telling a listener. They were attacking the listener’s choice for using a holistic approach in the treatment of his addiction. The hosts explained that the listener was using the holistic approach as a way to avoid Step 1’s admission of being powerless, and therefore, he was in denial.

The hosts made a great case and were asking important questions. Concepts such as powerlessness, surrender, control and denial all must be addressed in early recovery. And when this listener was confronted with these questions, he offered his own reasons, put forth a great argument and proved why he was happy with his holistic choices.

So, who’s right? Who’s wrong? Who won the argument?

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I have a statement that often confuses my clients: “Forgiveness is one of the most selfish things you can do.”


Because we have the connotation that selfish is bad and forgiveness is good, there’s usually a disconnect as to how these two go together.

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