Thursday, December 28, 2017

weekly theme :: COMMUNITY



Author: Ryan Thompson

"The journey of self identity does not stop with our own self knowledge and our own personal practices. We have explored family systems to understand the etiology of our interpersonal relationship patterns. We have discussed raising awareness and implementing strategies to increase interpersonal competence. Now we look at how we take this personal self knowledge and apply it into wisdom in order to take it to the next stage of recovery; the community. What do we do within our own groups, how do we behave, how do we contribute? Communities and groups are part of our lives and are the playground in which we navigate life. In order for a full rehabilitation we must look at how we engage with the community now and for the future. How do we assist clients with taking their self knowledge and personal wisdom and apply it to the connections they have for their immediate community as well as the communities they will become a part of." 



Call or contact Zen Recovery Path. Our community welcomes a fresh start. Recovery will be inspired with Art Projects, Kung Fu Classes, Tai Chi, Music group and Movie with Meaning therapies.

126 E. 16th St., Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(800) 759-1930

Monday, December 18, 2017

weekly theme :: REBIRTH




The idea of rebirth is ancient. Throughout time immemorial, myths and legends speak of man’s process of birth, death and rebirth into a new life. Why is this process of appearance, decline and renewal so firmly etched on our conscious and unconscious thoughts? 
The list of gods, demi-gods and man who have traveled the path of rebirth are as varied and countless as the stars in the sky. To name a few:
The Phoenix
Osiris
Baldr
Adonis
Dionysus
Attis
Vayu
Quetzalcoatl
Tammuz
Shiva
Persephone
Izanami
Ishtar
And on and on…
It is vital to view this concept of rebirth though the lens of non-literal interpretation. Reading these death/rebirth stories and myths as literal events can be dangerous and vexing. However, when viewed with the same sensibilities as Carl Jung or Joseph Campbell, a whole world of personal growth, psychoanalysis and psychology opens up, like voices from long ago sharing secrets that have endured centuries, yet teeter on the precipice of forgotten knowledge. 
All of us experience death and rebirth. Letting go of addiction is a small death, yet carving out a new life free from bondage is a grand rebirth. Experiencing trauma feels like something has died, yet leaving these traumas on the alters of the past (where the belong) is an embrace of the present moment.  Relationships that die, only to be replaced by new experiences of connection and love. These cycles are something we all deal with on a daily basis and by drawing up these old stories from this inexhaustible well, we can reach new levels of understanding ourselves, thereby quenching our enduring thirst. The cycles of birth and death are all around us and this becomes all the more poignant for someone in early recovery who is in the process of reinventing themselves, starting over, putting their pasts behind them and breathing fresh air into an old pattern of suffocation and stagnation.


Call or contact Zen Recovery Path. Our community welcomes a fresh start. Recovery will be inspired with Art Projects, Kung Fu Classes, Tai Chi, Music group and Movie with Meaning therapies.

126 E. 16th St., Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(800) 759-1930

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

weekly theme :: ADAPTATION





Control, Surrender, and Change


The ability to change with an ever-changing world is an innate ability that we sometimes forget to cultivate. Flowing with the flow of the world is not always easy. To add a wrinkle, when do we hunker down and hold on? To go a step forward, when is the right time to surrender and retreat. Control, adaptation and surrender are all different approaches. Knowing the difference between what WE CAN change externally and what WE NEED to change internally can be vexing. When is force the answer? When is adaptation the answer? When is retreat the answer? Tales, legends and myths are lenses in which we can examine these moments in life when we must decide between adapting, retreating or holding to the center.

Most successful species have an uncanny knack for adaptation. The ability to merge with the occasional chaos of life and ride it out like a rogue wave is a skill that can be cultivated. But it requires practice and awareness. With many things in life, maybe we try to apply our will at first only to learn that an adaptive perspective may be needed. So we switch tactics. This happens often.

This week let’s explore real life situations where we can apply control, adaptation, or retreat and observe the results. Let’s show the clients everyday examples of adaptation, retreat and control. We can also pull from mythology many examples of this struggle between grasping (control) and letting go (surrender) and adaptation (change).

Call or stop by Zen Recovery Path. We will be inspired with Art Projects, Kung Fu Classes, Tai Chi, Music group and Movie with Meaning.


126 E. 16th St., Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(800) 759-1930

Monday, December 4, 2017

weekly theme :: SELF LOVE





Author: Zen Recovery Path

We are doing something a little bit different with this week's theme.
Watch video for explanation

Transcription:
(Character: Samurai Man)
Oh, hello! So, this week instead of writing out a theme (bad writers block) but now this time what we do is a video, very modern, very good. Yes. OK. I start to sound uh too much like a Cookie Monster. OK. Anyway. This weeks theme the clients came to me and they said to me they said, Samurai Man, we have big problem with self-love. Can you help us with loving ourselves? And I said you have come to the right person. For I am a master of the self love. So, by unanimous client choice this week we going to teach them how to do the self-love. You have to look deep within yourself too. To find the love that you also have for yourself. Goodbye and good luck.


Call or contact Zen Recovery Path. Our community welcomes a fresh start. Recovery will be inspired with Art Projects, Kung Fu Classes, Tai Chi, Music group and Movie with Meaning therapies.

126 E. 16th St., Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(800) 759-1930