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Cool Water
     

Cool Water

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by William Alexander
 
The key to ongoing freedom from alcoholism or any other kind of addiction is right before us, here and now, in the ordinary and perfect present moment. The problem is that addictions are often the result of our efforts to escape living in the present in the first place. Bill Alexander's unique approach uses mindfulness, story, and meditation to help alcoholics and

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The key to ongoing freedom from alcoholism or any other kind of addiction is right before us, here and now, in the ordinary and perfect present moment. The problem is that addictions are often the result of our efforts to escape living in the present in the first place. Bill Alexander's unique approach uses mindfulness, story, and meditation to help alcoholics and others learn to come back to the moment and to find healing there.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Alexander's (A Man's Book of the Spirit) graceful, invitingly personal memoir and guide expands on AA's dictum to turn one's will and life over to "God as we understood him." Describing how insights from Zen Buddhism illuminated his recovery from alcoholism, Alexander, who leads workshops in "Ordinary Recovery," suggests that people can find a higher power in the magic and immediacy of the present moment. He borrows the great Zen teacher Shunryu Suzuki's claim that the mindfulness and even the enlightenment that comes with Buddhist practice is "nothing special": "Recovery is ordinary. What is recovered is the ordinary world we left behind. What we realize, drug free, is the transcendent wonder of the very ordinary." Alexander cautions alcoholics to avoid the isolating effects of self-blame and the trap of "thinking of yourself as `always recovering, never recovered.' " Calling alcoholism his dark twin, "close dwelling, co-arising at every moment, conceived with me, born with me, and with me still," Alexander describes how this troublesome inborn trait led him to mindfulness practice and the discovery of his true humanity. As unpretentious and profound as a drink of cool water, Alexander's book shows readers that simple awareness itself has the magical power to heal. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570622540
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
08/28/1997
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.45(d)

Meet the Author

William Alexander is on staff at the Harzelden Foundation in Minnesota, where he teaches meditation and leads workshops in Ordinary Recovery nationwide.

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Cool Water 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book provides the means of Recovery for those turned off by the cult-like mentality of AA. Not attempting to immerse the newly sober in either an all or nothing program, this book offers solutions not explored by AA and similar groups. A suitable companion to established AA literature. An extension and conclusion to the 12 Steps.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is undoubtedly the most thought provoking and helpful book I've read in my personal search for sobriety. Whenever I feel weak, I just pick up this book again and it gives me the strength to continue on.