Monday, September 13, 2010

Portals to Peace

There are so many portals to peace.

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A deeply practiced spiritual life, immersion in a 12 step program, consistent practice of yoga, meditation, regularly placing oneself in nature…

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And there are so many ways to block entrance to one’s core of peace: over-indulgence in food, chemicals, TV, video games, gambling, working…another endless list.

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The commonality of the portals to peace is wordlessness; creating and inviting space.

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How can you ever really know what gifts you have to bring to the world and what amazing gifts await you if you are constantly filling up every possible moment with mind numbing garbage?

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When you listen to music, be aware that the space between the notes is as important in creating a beautiful melody as the notes. In calligraphy, the white spaces on which the ink is laid allow exquisite expression of the written word.

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Working with people who abuse substances, I recognize there is quite a lot of fear about not using mind -altering substances. It’s fascinating to hear that people think they can’t get along without their pot or their alcohol—even when they are coming in for an Accelerated Opiate or Benzo Detox. I think some are afraid that there would be no one or nothing left to them if they didn’t have the crutch of a drug. For others it is more about the physical fear of stopping.

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If you recognize that you are never giving yourself the opportunity to look inward because you are tormenting yourself with opiate or benzo addiction, you should give us a call. At The Coleman Institute we specialize in helping you take a step toward finding the uniqueness that only you can express.

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Joan Shepherd, FNP

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