Ordinary Recovery: Mindfulness, Addiction, and the Path of Lifelong Sobriety

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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 (a nonjudgmental awareness of our moment-to-moment experience), story, and meditation to help alcoholics and others learn to come back to the present moment and find healing there. Emerging ...
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Overview

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 (a nonjudgmental awareness of our moment-to-moment experience), story, and meditation to help alcoholics and others learn to come back to the present moment and find healing there. Emerging scientific research suggests that mindfulness can help prevent addiction relapse.

Ordinary Recovery is a revised edition of Alexander’s book Cool Water, with a new foreword, a new preface by the author, updates throughout the book, and a new resources section.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Bill Alexander gets at the blood and soul of recovery.”—Kevin Griffin, author of One Breath at a Time

“Unpretentious and profound. Alexander’s book shows readers that simple awareness itself has the magical power to heal.”—Publishers Weekly

“The engaging story of an ordinary alcoholic who takes an extraordinary path to recovery, as he combines the ancient wisdom and tough discipline of Zen practice with the time-tested path of the Twelve Steps.”—Jan Chozen Bays, author of Mindful Eating

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590308288
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 489,073
  • Product dimensions: 8.62 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.53 (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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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction: Something's Happening Here 1

Breakdown, Ordinary Recovery, and Autumn Prayers 5

Coming Home 17

Off the Cushion and Out the Door 24

My Liver, My Mind, My Self 29

Mindfulness 34

Psychedelic Cheeseburgers and Shimmering Pines 40

Making Stew 50

Stepping Off the Hundred-Foot Pole 53

Breathing Room 62

Rage at the Short Hills Mall 63

How to Build a Cathedral 70

Breathing Room 77

Rapture 78

God's Will 82

... And the Power to Carry That Out 87

Blood in the Steel 91

I May Not Be Much, but I'm All I Ever Think About 96

Breathing Room 99

Keep Coming Back 100

How to Wash Dishes 105

Already Broken 109

Lenny and the Three Stooges 120

Breathing Room 126

Get (It) Together 127

Breathing Room 132

The Healing Buddha 133

Afterword 142

Resources 145

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