Cool Water

Alcoholism, Mindfulness and Ordinary Recovery

William Alexander



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.

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