Action influences emotions, which crystalize beliefs. These in turn inspire us to pursue what we hope for with that much more joy, focus and hope. That's what these three practices do for me.
A month ago, my wife and I as well as several friends, were camped in the foothills of the Eastern Sierra. Naturally, as men are wont to do, especially when inebriated, we started telling tall tales.
Ever since that day almost eight years ago, I have sought to come from this centered "I" -- with honesty, quiet bravery and ever-growing self-love. As I have learned to come from this source of me flowing always towards myself, I no longer judge me, I no longer see myself as "other."
Sangria plus a margarita. What could be better?
I still have days where I want to just punch a wall and have a fit because I'm different than most people my age. But for every one of those days, there are 99 happy, thankful days. I love myself again. I'm pushing myself, accomplishing things I wouldn't have done if I were still drinking.
About a month ago, the Centers for Disease control told Americans that, in no uncertain terms, one in 10 of us will die as a result of excessive alcohol consumption. One in 10. Yes, you read that right. And yes, it's a big number.
We sipped our way through 21 blanco and reposado tequilas, and we did it all for you.
Sometimes we need to be cheered on. Other times we need tissues. And yet other moments call for something from our figurative toolbox. Right, parents? Let me help you in every possible way by letting you know that your teens too need these three magic responses from you.
It doesn't have to be long and complicated. Just take out a few minutes every day to clear your head and breath deeply and keep your mind only on your breath. When the mind wanders and starts to plan your day, just bring it back to the breath.
What's better than hearing a knock on your door and being greeted by a bottle of whiskey? Not much, right?
I never want my son to say that I wasn't clear about my feelings -- so I'm writing them out here, for all to see.
There's a lot of booze out there named for a lot of people, but what do we really know about them?
If you enjoy your daily glass of wine I wouldn't worry about the contradictory findings. On the other hand, if anyone ever suggested you start drinking alcohol for your health I'd say that advice isn't yet established.
I bring these events up specifically because of how minuscule they are in a normal person's world -- going to bed at night, grabbing a beverage to hydrate. But in an addict's world, it's the small actions like this that can set off a string of memories associated with our use.
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Michael Patrick MacDonald is a storyteller. Michael recently encouraged the crowd of young leaders at the Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools' National Training to understand the power of storytelling to create change.