A gratitude list is the number one weapon in the fight against negativity, depression and a whole lot of other mental disorders. The brain, though it appears very complex, can be a very simple instrument. It can only truly concentrate on one thing at a time. Mind you, I said “concentrate”. It may appear to be having multiple thoughts at the same time, but it is really a series of tiny snippets of thought, just like a movie is really a series of moving pictures that create the illusion of movement. The mind is creating that same affect. You can bring your mind into focus by concentrating on the things you are grateful for, until these thoughts bring a smile to your face and your heart is happy! There is always something to be grateful for. Being alive, having a roof over your head, food to eat, family, friends, pets, the list goes on and on. Stop concentrating on what you want, the things you don’t have and spend a little time being grateful for whatever you do have, each day, no matter how little it may be!
I've put together a page of links and information on twelve step recovery and various groups, along with some other tools that have helped me in my own recovery. Recovery is a process, a way of life, a new way of life. I like to think of the language of recovery as a spiritual language, This new spiritual language is a second language that needs to be practiced daily. If we don't practice our new language daily we can easily forget it.
Here is a suggestion for moving your recovery in the right the direction. What is the “right” direction? Well, that is the direction that leads you to a good relationship with your inner-self, your inner guide. I suggest you write, write and write some more.
Then I suggest you read what you wrote! How would you feel if you wrote me a note and I told you I got it, but didn’t read it? You feel slighted just at the thought of it, don’t you? Well you must read what you wrote! You have written yourself a note, now read it! This is the very first step we take towards gaining insight into who we really are!
Write, read what you wrote, perhaps reply to what you wrote and then read that too! A journal should not just be something you scribble in occasionally, and then leave in the bottom draw or some other hidden place. A journal is the very best way to connect to and communicate with the most important person in this world. Your own self!