Alcoholism, Mindfulness and Ordinary Recovery
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Cool Water is a beautiful book about Ordinary Recovery, a that approaches alcoholism not from the perspective that anyone so addicted needs first to relinquish their struggle to a Higher Power (thought this, too, is a wonderful for many). Rather, in Ordinary Recovery (which is based in Zen Buddhism), the key to ongoing freedom from alcoholism is right before us, in the here and now, in the ordinary and perfect present moment. As Alexander sees it, most addictions are the result of our efforts to escape living in the present in the first place. His unique approach uses mindfulness, story and meditation to help alcoholics and others learn to come back to the moment and to find healing there. I think his approach is a healing art - simple, true, effective.
The Zen of Recovery
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In this compelling blend of East and West, Mel Ash shows how Zen mind and practice connect to the heart of recovery. Courageously drawing from his own experience as an abused child, alcoholic, Zen student, and dharma teacher, Ash presents a practical synthesis of AA's Twelve Steps and Zen's Eightfold Path.
You don't have to be Buddhist to appreciate the healing power of The Zen of Recovery. The book makes Zen available to all seeking to improve the quality of their spiritual and everyday life. It also includes practical instructions on how to meditate and put the book into action. It's message will help readers live more profoundly "one day at a time."
This is a really, really good book on the subject of recovery - one that I can recommend without reservation.
I love this from the notes about the author on the back page:
In spare moments he listens to music, wrestles with demons, points at the moon and sits on his porch drinking lots of black coffee.
The New Cure for Substance Abuse
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Although I have always loved the intent of compassion that Alcoholics Anonymous brings to the life-wrenching issue of substance abuse and other addictive behavior, I have long been disturbed by my perception of a dependency upon AA that seemed to me to only replace one addiction with another less physically devastating addiction. Jack Trimpey was also concerned about this - so concerned that he devoted his full expertise and knowledge toward developing a revolutionary alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous. Boasting a 97% success rate, Rational Recovery offers an aggressive self-recovery program that shows you exactly how to take control of your addictive behavior NOW - and how to recover totally through planned abstinence. Hard to believe? In the face of "one day at a time" dogma, maybe. But in the light of your own true and powerful humanity, this makes perfect sense.
The Black Swan
The Twelve Lessons of Abandonment Recovery - Emotional and spiritual healing for those suffering the loss of a love
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Black Swan is a self-help tool, a supplement for personal growth. Whether you are suffering a recent heartbreak or loss, feeling insecure from the past, or having difficulty finding and keeping a relationship, the book promotes healing. Through the medium of storytelling, you are guided through the twelve steps of recovery - from cleansing your wound, to strengthening your sense of self, to making a new connection. A creative, imaginative approach that is refreshing in it's refusal to discount the human soul!