"We inventory ourselves, we meditate, and we help others. We acknowledge our own behavior. We ask God, as we understand God, to continue providing us with willingness to love ourselves."
Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families
Chapter 8, p 308-309
I strive to be honest, to be open and to be willing to be guided each day. People who have trouble loving themselves have trouble even talking about the idea of loving themselves. It's too emotional, feels too vulnerable. I have felt that way. Now I tell myself regularly that I love and respect myself. It is an essential part of how I face the days and nights. I still have some addictive patterns that try to sabotage my self love, but I am learning to identify those patterns and counter them with establishing healthy patterns. This requires willingness.
A Recovery Blog
This blog is about my continuing recovery from severe mental illness. I celebrate this recovery by continuing to write, by sharing my music and artwork and by exploring Buddhist ideas and concepts. I claim that the yin/yang symbol is representative of all of us because I have found that even in the midst of acute psychosis there is still sense, method and even a kind of balance. We are more resilient than we think. We can cross beyond the edge of the sane world and return to tell the tale. A deeper kind of balance takes hold when we get honest, when we reach out for help, when we tell our stories.