My absence from www.graceonyou.com is my feeble attempt to regain a grace filled space.
At times darkness besets upon the earth despite our attempts to connect with the light – despair when we feel unable to help people we love or people we learn to love that come across our paths.
Love, for me is the only option – for to not love is to wither away and cease to exist. Love for me is the air that I breathe – a gift from above to have and to gift away. I believe in love being in all of us and from that overflowing loving place I can only share it with the world – it is all I know to do. However sometimes it is very hard and the doubts set in-hence my pockets of absence.
As I struggle I force myself to accept invitations from beautiful people and this picture came about from Lafa Baker sharing her time and family with me. I wish Lafa’s gift of love on everyone. If you are suffering I wish a beautiful individual like Lafa may happen along your path. We were sharing time at Fort Vancouver and as I tried to take pictures of the fireworks I found the delay in my cell phone extremely frustrating because I ended up with many duds – so I decided to press the picture button randomly and consecutively. I was so blown away when this beautiful snapshot of a heart shaped firework showed up on my pictures!!! It reminded me that love is everywhere and can be found with everyone and when we try and control it we may end up with duds – lots of them.
The suffering that exists becomes a little less when love practices abound. Katherine Woodward Thomas Author of Calling In “The One” taught us to pray for healing for ourselves and also pray for all of the people in the world who feel as we do and would benefit from that same healing.
Overwhelmed by the darkness I accepted a position at Planet Fitness where light seems to come with every member! As a member myself I was drawn to Planet Fitness’ “Judgment Free Zone” and as an employee I have found that it has lived up to its name! I am honored to greet every member that walks through those doors with love and acknowledgement for their efforts to work toward becoming a better version of themselves.
I found an audio of Dr. Daniel Amen on Medical Hypnosis I purchased years ago and I just recently listened to. Dr. Amen takes you through hypnosis on topics such as body weight, peak performance, anxiety and chronic pain. I started with the peak performance and when I am in doubt his words resonate “Every day in every way I am better and better, stronger and stronger, more focused and more relaxed.”
I have given myself permission to do Tracy Anderson’s Mat Method – 3 times a week rather than the 4 to 5 times she recommends in hopes that I can stay for the duration. On days I don’t do Tracy I am doing Rodney Yee Yoga for Beginners the inspirational section to become one with the earth and all of its goodness.
I am still working with Dr. Olga Parker whose extensive knowledge and emphasis on nutrition has added to the desire to become a better version of myself.
But the desire to share this information with the world has deepened. Through the Mindful Smoking© process – and sharing videos like Hungry For Change, Pleasure Unwoven, Addiction, The Secret, What The Bleep Do We Know and Drugged I am finding a more solid ground in My Grace Filled Life after Addiction.
I have to admit it is so much work to have and be affected by mental health illness and substance use history however as a Recovery Coach I am putting into practice daily the life I wish for all. I have had to fight the “Automatic Negative Thoughts – ANTs” that say Who Am I to help anyone? I do struggle too however what fires me up is knowing like I know the back of my hand that if you give me the opportunity to work with you I guarantee you will be in a much better space than you were before we began working together!
Mindful Smoking for example – it comes with 10 handouts and 10 practices – If you genuinely apply even one you will reduce your use! I guarantee it! All you need is a desire to quit – but not in the next 30 days!!!
This message goes out to everyone who struggles – myself included! This message is filled with love from me to you and the belief that you too can achieve a grace-filled life after addiction!
Guadalupe Aragón, BA, CADC1,
Recovery & Transformative Life Coach
President – Chemical Dependency Training Consortium of the Northwest