I spent a lot of years in the rooms of AlcoholicsAnonymous before I decided to concentrate more energy on personal one to one therapy in my recovery and what I witnessed there was that most people who own up to addiction are good people at heart, people who had a lot of challenges or loss or may have turned to addictions to cope with emotional neglect or abuse. And that is why it hurts my heart when those who work so hard at recovery day in day out put themselves down. I know I do it to myself all the time and am so glad I found good therapist who helped me to see beyond this to deeper injuries and lacks which drive this inner self critical perfectionist within me that formed as a defence against loneliness and emotional neglect/abandonment. It just really hits me full force when I witness others doing the same and so I felt the need to write this to affirm what goodness I see in your heart, all people working in recovery to overcome past neglect, abuse, humiliation, betrayal or pain.
I believe there is an essential part of us that is our core and that is whole and good, it is complete and it does not really require anything outside of the self to complete it. I hear echoes of this in the Buddhist idea of bodhichitta which is a name given to that which exists beyond and beneath all the thoughts and actions and mind forms we engage with that is purely wholesome and complete, lacking in nothing. It is really only when we have the time to sit with ourselves and feel deep within in the silence that I feel we most truly touch base with this part of ourselves that knows at heart we are connected to everything. It happens when the voices of criticism and shame are silent and/or when we can answer back with love.
In this place live memories of all those souls we connected to in our lives and even if we had tough experiences with those people underneath there is a part of our soul that knows this experience was given to us for a reason, not one we chose but one that we can and do learn from if we can trust ourselves to be honest and question deeply inside. I wrote a poem about this the other day but a strange thing happened it just vaporised from WordPress. I was at the library typing it and I hit publish and it just disappeared.. very strange, it was called Eternal and was about a spiritual experience I had recently of revisiting painful relationships from my past and feeling them resolved. Oh well its gone now and its a mystery as to why.
I am presently reading Bev Aisbett’s book I Love Me. As a survivor of anxiety and panic attacks herself Beth has worked for nearly 30 years on a path of self discovery to help others, what she sees as lying at the basis of all of these disorders is actually a lack of self love, not self love of the narcissistic kind, but that which lets us know our true worth as souls and persons equal to others. When I read this kind of stuff it fills me with the understanding the self love is really the start of all love, I know it’s a kind of truism we hear a lot about but the more we can work to stay in touch with this pure essence of us which is heart centred and that means taking good care of ourselves across all levels, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual the more connected we feel, the less anxious and the less alone.
We are wont to condemn self love, but what we really mean to condemn is contrary to self love. It is that mixture of selfishness and self hate that permanently pursues us, that prevents us from loving others and that prohibits us from loving ourselves.
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The core of our very being. Well written ❤ 😀
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Thanks Mark ❤
i agree. self love is so important. and i also agree that all people or most people especially those in recovery have good hearts. xxx
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