Archive for April, 2010

April 30

Up in the Air

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I recently watched the critically acclaimed movie “Up in the Air.” When it was over and I had time to ruminate about it, I wondered what the point of the movie was. What was the author trying to say about human existence? If you haven’t seen it and plan to, you want to stop reading now. I hope you’ll return following your viewing of it. In this article I will discuss what I found to be the meaning of it film and some of the pivotal moments I believe support my interpretation.
A little while into the movie, George Clooney’s character (Ryan …

April 30

Thoughts for April……

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Only through our connectedness to others can we really know and enhance the self. And only through working on the self can we begin to enhance our connectedness to others. Harriet Goldhor Lerner

We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own. Ben Sweetland

I wanted to end the quotes for April with a couple more about human connection (well, I didn’t start until the middle of the month, so I thought at least two). The above two quotes seem an excellent way to sum up the quotes for the month about human connection. They discuss the reciprocal relationship of how helping one another and getting to know others, we help ourselves.

To be with …

April 8

The Comb

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Art by Alexi Berry

The following is an excerpt from the book “Everyday Tao” by Deng Ming Dao. I found this passage especially enlightening and wanted to share it:

How strange a comb is. It enters the hair and separates the strands. But afterward, the hair falls together in an orderly mass.How clever a comb is. When it is put into hair, it can stay there and hold the hair in place. Yet it does so without exerting itself. It borrows the strength from the hair.

How even a comb is. Its effectiveness is due to its regular and evenly spaced teeth. To be …

April 1

Bottoms

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Art by Alexi Berry

As I mentioned in the beginning of the year, I plan on posting excerpts from the draft of the book I am writing about addiction recovery. The book combines my training in the field along with professional and personal experience to provide examples. This excerpt is from an early chapter and discusses bottoms. As always I welcome any feedback.

Whether an addict has to hit bottom or not is a topic of much debate. It is often heard when someone who has tried recovery briefly and failed that “they did not hit bottom yet.” Using this reasoning and …