6 Keys to Recovery, Healing, and Growth

The next six posts will focus on 6 Keys to Recovery and Healing:

Powerlessness teaches us to let go, to accept that we cannot change the past, control the future, or control other people. We learn to conquer regrets, fears, and anxieties. We learn to accept imperfection.

Impermanence teaches us to go with the flow, tolerate discomfort, and regulate pleasure, accepting that much of life is impermanent. We learn that like our breathe, much of life rises, crests, and falls: thoughts, emotions, cravings, pains, pleasures, consciousness, etc. We learn that our own lives are impermanent and to cherish each moment.

Presence teaches us to savor every moment of our life and deeply listen to ourselves, family, friends, and all the universe. We learn the wisdom of the ancient Buddhist saying “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” We learn that in stillness, we find our true self. We learn to nurture, nourish, and grow through understanding. We learn to have gratitude for all that we are and all that we have. We learn to see beyond our automated survival instincts and imagine the people we can all become. We learn to develop our perception and intelligence. We learn that the whole world is experienced within us, and that we do and should determine that experience. We learn that 99 out of 100 fears we have never happen, we learn to create beautiful stories in our minds. We learn that our true selves are unconscious beauty, not our achievements and identities, which are impermanent. We learn to take charge of our inner life.

Interconnectedness teaches us that our choices have consequence. What we put in our bodies, what we ruminate on, how we treat others. We learn to consider what is good for us, what is good for others, what is good for the whole world.

Playfulness teaches us not to take life too seriously and to have fun. Play is not something we do, playful is something we are. We learn to put our activities and achievements into perspective.

Communion teaches us to be ONE with the entire universe. We learn to stop thinking about love as something that happens to us, but as something we are: compassionate, kind, patient, forgiving, attentive, affectionate, and appreciative. We learn to be ourselves, love ourselves as we are, and attract the love we are looking for in our lives. We learn that we are all redeemed by love, the greatest and most important force in the universe. Perhaps the universe itself is nothing but love, and when we stop opposing that idea, we see life through a different prism, a beautiful prism, a prism that creates the soil in which our unconscious beauty flowers in our hearts, the burgundy rose within all of us. What we create in our minds we create in the world. We learn to create beauty.