Depression, 3 Women’s Stories – WOMEN in RECOVERY

  3 Women's Stories   Women in Recovery, a video presented by the Southwest Regional Mental Health Board. Three women share their personal recovery stories and how they reclaimed their lives and moved forward in their roles as mother, wife, business owner, worker, and friend. Southwest Connecticut - Norwalk, CT Women's mental health: The Facts Depressive disorders account for close to 41.9% of the disability from neuropsychiatric disorders among women compared to 29.3% … [Read more...]

Listening is a Gift of Give & Take – WOMEN in RECOVERY

It's easy to get busy in life trying to do everything at once. You can listen and work at the same time but sometimes multi-tasking isn't the best use of our time. We need to take time to deposit value in their hearts. We need to support one another, and listening is an amazing way of doing just that. As you go about your day, your Higher Power reminds you to give people the gift of listening. It seems like such a little thing, but those little deposits will eventually make a big … [Read more...]

‘Happy are those …’ – WOMEN in RECOVERY

Celebrate Recovery ~~ Give Yourself a Break! Eight Recovery Principles based on the Beatitudes 1.  Realize I’m not God; I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and my life is unmanageable. "Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor."  Matthew 5:3 2.  Earnestly believe that God exists,that I matter to Him, and that He has the power to help me recover. "Happy are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."  Matthew 5:4 3.  Consciously choose to … [Read more...]

WOMEN in RECOVERY – Surrender & Release

Surrender & Release ~~~ Anything & Everything   Anything & Everything, second by second ~~~release to the Universe. Anything & Everything second by second ~~~surrender to anything but Self Will. Anything & Everything, second by second ~~~breathe deeply with eyes closed. Anything & Everything, second by second ~~~release Everything, this One Day. Anything & Everything, second by second ~~~Embrace Your Life, this One Day! Anonymous   THE … [Read more...]

WOMEN in RECOVERY – Spiritual ‘Re-awakening’ in the Stillness

'Spiritual Re-awakening' requires that You spend some time alone in quiet thought. It is important that you allow yourself to decompress find quiet time to reflect, nourish yourself spiritually and emotional. In these quiet moments in life, take the time to BE thoughtless, meaning allow your thoughts to flow freely. The only effort that You should exert during these moments, is the intention to NOT THINK. It is in this, the only justified 'thoughtless' times in Your Life that the Divine will … [Read more...]

Death & Dying, 5 Stage of Grief – WOMEN in RECOVERY

  Elisabeth Kübler-Ross   'Loss, Grief, and Bereavement'   What are the causes and risk factors of prolonged grief? The risk factors for experiencing more serious symptoms of grief for a longer period of time can be related to the survivor's own physical and emotional health before the loss, the relationship between the bereaved and their family member or other loved one, as well as related to the nature of the death. For example, it is not uncommon for … [Read more...]

Confucianism and WOMEN

LEARNING TO BE HUMAN  Tu Wei-ming, “A Confucian Perspective on Learning to be Human”   Confucian Thought: Selfhood as Creative Transformation (Albany: 1985), 51-66 The Confucian commitment to the human community is firm and comprehensive. This commitment means that the whole Confucian enterprise begins with the person living here and now. It also means that the person in ordinary daily existence is the basis for the full realization of humanity. The Confucian insistence that … [Read more...]

Self Love – WOMEN in RECOVERY

Love Affirmations are statements that promote health and abundance in one’s life. I know how valuable it is because I’ve experienced the benefits of giving my self daily doses of love affirmations especially in moments when I become aware of my emotions moving toward an unpleasant path. I will therefore, focus my Love Affirmations for those episodes of self- doubt and bouts of unworthiness. I love myself for who I am I am beautiful inside and out I am special in many unique ways I … [Read more...]

Addiction and Heart Disease – WOMEN in RECOVERY

Addiction ruins lives and destroys bodies. You can stop the progression of both; the addiction and heart disease. What is Heart Disease? Addiction and Heart Disease The term ‘heart disease’ encompasses a wide variety of abnormalities that affect the functioning of the heart. For example, the dysfunction may be in the heart muscle, valves, electric system of the heart or the arteries that supply blood to the heart. Heart muscle problems can develop when a heart has been … [Read more...]

‘I AM’ – WOMEN in RECOVERY

'I AM' I AM is the innocent, the You that you forgot, the moment you were born. What is the I AM? It is your Self, the Spirit of your Spirituality the You that your parents, society, teachers and peer groups have taken so much trouble to make you forget. The I AM power is the healing power of the universe. It's the force from which the universe is made, and it is also the basic substance of which we are made. The I AM power can be experienced as a light or as a profound feeling in … [Read more...]

Courage is not the absence of Fear, WOMEN in RECOVERY

Courage of Conviction 4 KEYS to Developing Your Courage Courage is not the absence of fear. It is the strength to be who and what you are-- despite the fear! Here are steps we can take to develop courage and let go of the fears that stop us from achieving our goals. 1. Recognize the fear. Don’t make excuses and call it something else. You cannot overcome or move through your fear if you don’t recognize it as such. You can blame someone else, you can call it impossible or you … [Read more...]

Forging through Fear – WOMEN in RECOVERY

Forging is a manufacturing process involving the shaping of metal using localized compressive forces. Forging is often classified according to the temperature at which it is performed: "cold", "warm", or "hot" forging. Forged parts can range in weight from less than a kilogram to 580 metric tons. Forged parts usually require further processing to achieve a finished part.   There are many kinds of forging processes; all that can be grouped into three main … [Read more...]

Choose to Be Happy – WOMEN in RECOVERY

  CHUG like the 'Little Engine that Could ...' CHOICE to replace or convert the situation, HARMONY of motives through self-exploration, UNDERSTANDING the situation and creating a road map, GOALS (to lower anxiety, set goals LAPDS -- lower, alternative, process, dynamic, , simple)   OPTIMISM that I can eventually be happy no matter what the outcome, FOCUS on the ball and ultimate concern.   Through strengthening your Higher Self and increased mental … [Read more...]

Rising Above Self in Recovery – Be the Change

Change and Humility "He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 18:2-4 Change The hardest part of recovery is that it requires us to change. We might be intrigued by the idea of recovery. We might be inspired by stories about recovery. We … [Read more...]

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