“Being vulnerable doesn’t have to be threatening. Just have the courage to be sincere, open and honest. This opens the door to deeper communication all around. It creates self-empowerment and the kind of connections with others we all want in life. Speaking from the heart frees us from the secrets that burden us. These secrets are what make us sick or fearful. Speaking truth helps you get clarity on your real heart directives.” – Sara Paddison, The Hidden Power of the Heart It took me until my early thirties to really accept that in order to live a life of authenticity and truth I needed to make a paradigm shift. This shift was based on moving the guiding force in my life from the mind
Recovery is a reclaiming of the self. As the wonderful, Melody Beattie shares in “The Language of Letting Go”: “Recovery is not about being right; it’s about allowing ourselves to be who we are and accepting others as they are.” “Others do not have our magic. We have our magic. It is in us.” “Beliefs create reality.” Letting Go: On the journey of Recovery, we arrive with many patterns, feelings and beliefs, which we have gained through our life experiences. Sometimes our area of Recovery is clear — there is one pattern or addiction, that brings to this path. And, there may be other patterns we don’t see right way. As we begin to recover, we discover many of the places where we
The following story was originally published October 2014 in Feminine Voices: True Stories Of Women Transforming Leadership, a Heal My Voice collaborative book. RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE! By Beth Terrence “A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.” ~ Working Definition Of Recovery (www.samhsa.gov) My life has been a journey of recovery. I grew up in a family with severe mental health challenges and active addiction. I experienced extreme psychological, verbal, emotional and physical abuse. How I managed to survive those experiences is a miracle in many ways, but somehow I did. Today, I am able to see the gift in what for many years felt like pointless suffering.