• NUWAY Annual Picnic 2018

Sanity in the Age of Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple: Reclaiming our Lives

The traditional objective of yoga is union — to connect the mind to body, and the self to soul. That’s what the yogi masters say in the ancient scriptures — connect to your higher self, realize that we are all connected, and transcend the ego. In the modern age, sometimes many of us feel like we are disconnected from our bodies, our emotions, and from all those around us. Sometimes we may feel like we are stifled by our own egos, suffocating in lonely desperation. Some identify our technology as a source of our disconnection. It’s true, because when we … Continue reading

Twelve Steps for Slouches

The first thing I want you to know is that I do resistance training. I use resistance bands, weights, and such. OK, that’s on a good day. Truth be told, I probably do more resisting than I do exercising. I’m more inclined to be a slouch on the couch, thinking “maybe later” when it comes to toning my muscles and all those other fine fitness goals. I can also claim with great justification that I have more urgent and more important things to do. I am convinced I’m pretty important, after all. Darn, why is it so hard to just … Continue reading

What Does Nourishment Mean to You?

I have always associated the word nourishment with food—and eating. The word nourish actually means to provide food or other substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition; to promote growth needed for nourishment (including spiritual nourishment); and to maintain/ support/strengthen. What is interesting about the definition is that it makes the distinction among the ways that we nourish ourselves, i.e. our whole selves — mind, body and spirit. Understanding this concept—of nourishing one’s whole self—is so important for people in recovery because the minute we put down drugs and alcohol, we pick up food. It is a rite of … Continue reading

Vitamins, Minerals, Hormones: How to Find your Spiritual Adrenaline

How many of you paid attention to what you were eating in active addiction? Not many I bet. I certainly didn’t. When you’re in active addiction, the only thing that matters is chasing the next high. As soon as it wears off, it’s right back at it. The vicious cycle keeps repeating itself and everything else becomes irrelevant. For me, I remember not eating for days at a time so I could buy cigarettes, alcohol and drugs. When I ate, I often gobbled down comfort foods, usually from fast food joints. My relationship with food was completely dysfunctional. In sobriety, … Continue reading

So Just How Important Is a Simple Act of Kindness?

John Driggs

Love is something if you give it away, Give it away, give it away. Love is something if you give it away, You end up having more. It’s just like a magic penny, Hold it tight and you won’t have any. Lend it, spend it, and you’ll have so many They’ll roll all over the floor. — Melvina Reynolds, first verses of the Magic Penny Song, 1949 Most of us think our small act of caring for a neighbor was no big deal, it was just the right thing to do at the time. Few of us even see our … Continue reading

Ticket to Ride

I have a blue paper ticket that I carry in my money clip. Every time I pull it out to withdraw another dollar bill to spend, I see it. It’s the very same kind of ticket that we have all seen a million times before. The kind of ticket that you get at any bakery—it’s paper, it’s blue and it’s got a number on it. We all take theses tickets and we wait in line. When your number is called, you get served. Familiar, huh? I see this ticket every day. My ticket is like all such tickets but something … Continue reading

Bliss More: How to Succeed in Meditation Without Really Trying

By Light Watkins Ballantine Books This is Watkins’ “how-to guide” for a successful meditation practice. It includes his experiences and struggles with practicing and teaching meditation since 1998. Because of those experiences, he developed E.A.S.Y. (Embrace, Accept, Surrender, Yield), a technique everyone who wants to have a meditation practice will find valuable. Watkins explains how he developed the principles and provides his own and students’ stories. All of which help the reader realize that meditation really can be E.A.S.Y. If you have a book you’d like reviewed or have an old favorite you’d like to share with others, please contact … Continue reading

Attitudes of Gratitude: How to Give and Receive Joy Every Day of Your Life

By M. J. Ryan Conari Press Ryan states, “Research has confirmed the emotional and physical benefits of giving thanks.” When we are thankful, fear and anger disappear. Additionally, she believes that more gifts come to us when we are grateful; it is a powerful change agent. She provides 60 essays to help readers identify and incorporate gratitude in their lives. Practices of gratitude include daily exercise and being grateful “in spite of.” Included are anecdotal stories of how people have opened themselves to the fulfillment of gratitude and become more alive in the present moment. Are you ready for more … Continue reading

Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom of Life’s Hard Questions

By Lori Deschene Conari Press This book began as a quote–a–day tweet. Deschene tells the story of how she moved to New York City and the lessons she learned. She shares her insight and wisdom to help readers “live mindfully, in the present and connected to others.” In her essay on pain, Deschene describes how one can learn from pain to make positive changes. Other essays include how to find the meaning of life and her thoughts on fate, happiness, and love. Deschene is honest in her reflections and answers. For example, when writing about the question “What’s the meaning … Continue reading

Mastering the Addicted Brain: Building a Sane and Meaningful Life to Stay Clean

By Walter Ling, MD New World Library How the brain gets and stays addicted is described by Ling, a neuropsychiatrist with 30 years of clinical practice and a pioneer in research. He begins by describing how the brain works and how addiction is a brain disease. Ling also provides information on detoxification and explains what happens during the detox process. Relapse and relapse prevention techniques, including holistic methods, are also described in the book for readers who want to establish new patterns to create a substance-free life. Ling suggests the strategy S.T.O.P. (Stop, Take a few deep breaths, Observe, and … Continue reading

Minding Your Questions

Questions that are asked with genuine curiosity, with a sincere desire to gain information, are valuable tools. Questions asked rhetorically, often with the intention of insult, can be quite damaging.Too often we ask questions rhetorically to make a point. There is nothing wrong with that, is there? Well, of course not. That is, of course, not to a certain point. When rhetorical questions are thinly veiled put downs (i.e. Why did you do that?! , What makes you think this is any of your business? , How do you manage to always mess things up?), communication ceases to be a … Continue reading

The New New Year

“Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.” – Alan Cohen The cold of January hardly feels like a new beginning. The symbolic child heralding the new year looks more vulnerable than strong. Yet this lull between the holidays and spring’s new buds is a great time to reflect on what has been and what might lie ahead. My vacations often take me on hikes along mountain trails. I begin with energy and a plan. The early hours lead me through green, lush grasses and shrubs, where it is hard to see beyond … Continue reading