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#301 Mr Bo Berry

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 03:35 PM

Got my one year coin at Stratford men's last night. Thanks to IASW for standing up with me. One Day at a Time.

#302 In A Silent Way

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 04:00 PM

Congratulations, brahmigo!



#303 roo

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 04:41 PM

CONGRATULATIONS STEVE!!!!
You silly s.o.b. i would have come to see that!!

Wow it has been an honor and pleasure to see you come this far! Keep going.

I give you the advise my Sponsor gave me on my second year.. "Continue to build and focus on a Relationship with your Higher Power ,prayer and medition." His words verbatim only minutes after getting my coin.
Prayer is a personal conversation with god. Meditation is listening for Answers and direction.

I am reflecting on our conversation at Vibes last year. Terry was there too. Very good things.

#304 Mr Bo Berry

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 04:44 PM

Good things indeed. Lots of mention at Strangecreek how much love there is for Roo 2.0

#305 roo

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 01:08 PM

751

#306 In A Silent Way

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 02:04 PM

Good things indeed. Lots of mention at Strangecreek how much love there is for Roo 2.0

 

Give Ali, Sabine, and Amanda big hugs from me.



#307 Karen

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 02:11 PM

Got my one year coin at Stratford men's last night. Thanks to IASW for standing up with me. One Day at a Time.

 

 

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#308 TEO

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 08:57 PM

Love



#309 roo

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 02:57 PM

754 ,after a great mini meeting with ChinaCat ,Kashmir and TimtheBeek it is apparent i am just as excited for sobriety today as i was at any day that came before.

#310 In A Silent Way

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 03:03 PM

Thanks for the coffee! :coffee:



#311 roo

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 02:11 AM

Thanks for the coffee! :coffee:

Anytime! What is the name if that bones website?

#312 roo

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 10:55 AM

758 or 2yrs27days. I was told i can stop counting when i hit five yrs. i think thats more a personal thing that someone thought would be good specifically for me.

#313 CharlieHarper

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 07:38 PM

664 



#314 wharfratbd

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 03:05 AM

8066



#315 In A Silent Way

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 04:04 AM

Today. 

 

I am IASW and I'm too lazy to do the math. 



#316 wharfratbd

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Posted 22 June 2013 - 03:32 AM

8066 days~ 22yrs and 1month. Mother's Day 1991



#317 Karen

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Posted 22 June 2013 - 06:04 AM

8066 days~ 22yrs and 1month. Mother's Day 1991

 

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#318 In A Silent Way

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Posted 22 June 2013 - 02:21 PM

Awesomesauce!

#319 Goddi

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 03:08 PM

1527 days...in a row



#320 In A Silent Way

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 03:18 PM

8550



#321 Mr Bo Berry

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 07:09 PM

398

#322 Royal

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 03:38 AM

4 days for me

#323 Mr Bo Berry

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 10:26 AM

400

#324 George

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 10:53 AM

1791, One at a time.



#325 CharlieHarper

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 04:52 PM

672



#326 roo

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 11:31 PM

4 days for me

RIGHT ON Ryan ,please keep coming.

#327 tyedyedee

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Posted 28 June 2013 - 01:16 AM

SO PROUD of you all :clapping: :heart:



#328 roo

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 01:53 AM

775 AWEsome and mind blowing days. For better and worse it is an awesome thing to be on his path.

#329 roo

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 03:42 PM

781 days!!

Interesting ,went to phish the past two nights and was aware of the amount of alcohol around me ,and the stench was nauseating.

#330 sarah b.

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 11:29 PM

I notice the smell of cigarettes more, these days. Here, have some furniture.
http://newyork.craig...3920080896.html

#331 china cat

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 12:35 AM

so happy to read everyone's day counts.

 

today is the only day that matters :)



#332 roo

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 11:17 AM

785 or 2yrs 1mnth 23 days!!!

Vibes in 14 days!!!

#333 roo

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 03:58 PM

795 consecutive days!!

#334 George

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 10:53 AM

1817



#335 George

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 09:21 PM

1837



#336 CharlieHarper

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 06:06 PM

2 years and 1 day



#337 In A Silent Way

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 08:45 PM

:clapping:



#338 Mr Bo Berry

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 12:42 AM

460 days

#339 George

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 02:34 AM

Right on Charlie!



#340 roo

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 05:30 PM

891 days. AA is National and Global. thank god.



#341 sarah b.

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 05:33 AM

hey, there. safe travels.

#342 Royal

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 03:05 AM

2



#343 roo

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Posted 20 December 2013 - 12:12 AM

31 months



#344 In A Silent Way

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 06:17 PM

8,766



#345 Mr Bo Berry

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 12:16 AM

34 days back today.



#346 TEO

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 01:21 PM

:smile:  :heart:



#347 holysmokes

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 05:22 PM

Since about this time 2001, so however many days 13 years is (too lazy to do the math). Alright fine:

365
x 13
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1095
365
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4,745 days!

#348 china cat

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Posted 23 February 2014 - 03:16 PM

"I know this may sound baffling to some of you, but there is wisdom in addiction.

 

For me, addiction was an incredibly unskillful, yet unbelievably brilliant, way to keep myself alive amidst a very deep and insufferable grief, depression, existential/spiritual angst and anxiety that would’ve otherwise killed me. Literally.

Addiction is a paradox: It’s a method of sustaining ourselves that gradually and ultimately takes our life away. Few people who struggle with the mental/emotional/physical/spiritual dis-ease that manifests as addiction get the chance to unpack the dynamics and hidden wisdom of the affliction. Doing so requires the suspension of dangerously naive attempts to mask, avoid, or tolerate the very things—often a traumatizing and paralyzing sense of panic, terror, insanity, death/dying—that overwhelm the afflicted’s psyche and inspired the addiction in the first place.

 

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” ~ Khalil Gibran

 

For many of us who’ve been kissed by grace and afforded the opportunity to step back from our addictions, we find that we’ve been doing our best to feed and satisfy the insatiable appetite of our hungry ghosts. Those past experiences of fear, trauma, loss, and sorrow that cast a lurking shadow in our present experience of living. Experiences that impacted us in such a way that the only way we could combat their threat to the integrity of our existence was to adopt the only kind of strategy that matched our skill-set for living. What made the most sense to us at the time.

 

We learn that recovery is the lessening, but not the absence, of addictive impulses, because the hungry ghosts are always there.

We discover that recovery is essentially learning how to relate to our hungry ghosts, and to ourselves, very differently. It’s cultivating the heart and courage to turn towards and listen to our demons. After a great deal of time, patience, commitment, and practice, we have facilitated a return to and remembering of ourselves. Then, we discover that the soulful howls that echo within the chambers of our being, haunting us and driving us toward insanely compulsive endeavors to silence and be rid of their maddening shrieks, are actually the cries of the old, young, wounded, abandoned, lost, and terrified parts of ourselves that are begging for our attention, love, and care.

 

“Our suffering has the capacity of showing us the path to liberation” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

 

Recovery from addiction is a journey to self, and it’s far from easy. For some of us, addiction is the first arrow that points us toward our need to come home to and take care of ourselves. When we can see into the brilliant wisdom of addiction and find new ways of following it into our deep need for healing (usually with the assistance of someone trained and skilled in navigating such a path), our lives are transformed.

 

Unfortunately for some others, the wisdom and goodness of the impulse towards aliveness remains hidden by addiction, and the underlying starving needs for healing that go on to be unknown and unacknowledged—neglected—eventually cause precious souls and lives to be starved to death.

 

If you or anyone you love is struggling with addiction/addictive behaviors, consider the possibility that you/they are simply doing the best you/they can, or know how, to stay alive amidst a pain that no one else can see, and that only you/they can feel. Please also consider the fact that there are countless other ways to achieve the relief from that pain—and the fear of it—that addiction or addictive behavior currently provides."

 

http://www.elephantj...darius-hickman/



#349 Mr Bo Berry

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Posted 16 April 2014 - 01:49 AM

105 days back for me and I have never had it so good.



#350 In A Silent Way

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Posted 16 April 2014 - 01:57 PM

"I know this may sound baffling to some of you, but there is wisdom in addiction.

 

For me, addiction was an incredibly unskillful, yet unbelievably brilliant, way to keep myself alive amidst a very deep and insufferable grief, depression, existential/spiritual angst and anxiety that would’ve otherwise killed me. Literally.

Addiction is a paradox: It’s a method of sustaining ourselves that gradually and ultimately takes our life away. Few people who struggle with the mental/emotional/physical/spiritual dis-ease that manifests as addiction get the chance to unpack the dynamics and hidden wisdom of the affliction. Doing so requires the suspension of dangerously naive attempts to mask, avoid, or tolerate the very things—often a traumatizing and paralyzing sense of panic, terror, insanity, death/dying—that overwhelm the afflicted’s psyche and inspired the addiction in the first place.

 

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” ~ Khalil Gibran

 

For many of us who’ve been kissed by grace and afforded the opportunity to step back from our addictions, we find that we’ve been doing our best to feed and satisfy the insatiable appetite of our hungry ghosts. Those past experiences of fear, trauma, loss, and sorrow that cast a lurking shadow in our present experience of living. Experiences that impacted us in such a way that the only way we could combat their threat to the integrity of our existence was to adopt the only kind of strategy that matched our skill-set for living. What made the most sense to us at the time.

 

We learn that recovery is the lessening, but not the absence, of addictive impulses, because the hungry ghosts are always there.

We discover that recovery is essentially learning how to relate to our hungry ghosts, and to ourselves, very differently. It’s cultivating the heart and courage to turn towards and listen to our demons. After a great deal of time, patience, commitment, and practice, we have facilitated a return to and remembering of ourselves. Then, we discover that the soulful howls that echo within the chambers of our being, haunting us and driving us toward insanely compulsive endeavors to silence and be rid of their maddening shrieks, are actually the cries of the old, young, wounded, abandoned, lost, and terrified parts of ourselves that are begging for our attention, love, and care.

 

“Our suffering has the capacity of showing us the path to liberation” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

 

Recovery from addiction is a journey to self, and it’s far from easy. For some of us, addiction is the first arrow that points us toward our need to come home to and take care of ourselves. When we can see into the brilliant wisdom of addiction and find new ways of following it into our deep need for healing (usually with the assistance of someone trained and skilled in navigating such a path), our lives are transformed.

 

Unfortunately for some others, the wisdom and goodness of the impulse towards aliveness remains hidden by addiction, and the underlying starving needs for healing that go on to be unknown and unacknowledged—neglected—eventually cause precious souls and lives to be starved to death.

 

If you or anyone you love is struggling with addiction/addictive behaviors, consider the possibility that you/they are simply doing the best you/they can, or know how, to stay alive amidst a pain that no one else can see, and that only you/they can feel. Please also consider the fact that there are countless other ways to achieve the relief from that pain—and the fear of it—that addiction or addictive behavior currently provides."

 

http://www.elephantj...darius-hickman/

 

tl;dr: addiction is good