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Title: DAs recovery journeys are considered to be a movement toward community and meditation
Author: Fraser Trevor
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DAs recovery journeys are considered to be a movement toward community and meditation but an essential loop of our route must pass through...
DAs recovery journeys are considered to be a movement toward community and meditation but an essential loop of our route must pass through the realm of the child within. We have to find out who we are before we can make commitments to others. We have to care for our own child within in order to have the energy and strength to care for our families, our neighbours.

There are many ways to practice nurturing our child within, and everyone will find his or her own best ways to receive and give nourishment. The recovery traditions emphasise two in particular. The first is study. Be a lifelong learner; read and contemplate different texts and other sources of inspiration that take us deeper into ourselves and out into the wider world. Second, keep the group time. Dedicate some of your time to leisure and reflection.

A regular regimen of nurturing helps us achieve a balance in our life between inner exploration and outer involvement, time alone and time with others, work and play. Feeling imbalanced — that things are out of whack in our life — is a sure sign that we need to step back and engage in self-care to regain our equilibrium.

Actually, we usually recognise our need for nurturing by its contrasts — feeling deprived, ignored and neglected. If we are starved for attention, most likely we will lack recovery sustenance in other areas of our life as well.

There are also shadow elements associated with nurturing. We can be so involved in nurturing ourselves that we become totally self-absorbed. We can go too far under the guise of nurturing others, so that our caring becomes a way of controlling them. Or we can sacrifice ourselves and our best interests in our concern for others, mistaking codependency for nurturing. Again, a lack of balance is the key symptom.
Daily Cue, Reminder, Vow, Affirmation
A warm and reviving bath is a cue for me to find ways to nurture myself.
A supportive letter from a friend is a reminder of my duty to nurture others.
Whenever I feel burned-out, I vow to take some time for self-care.
The Perfect Child Within who calls us to nurture ourselves so we can nurture others.

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