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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 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.
|Publisher:||Shambhala Publications, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||8.62(w) x 11.80(h) x 0.53(d)|
About the Author
William Alexander is on staff at the Harzelden Foundation in Minnesota, where he teaches meditation and leads workshops in Ordinary Recovery nationwide.
Table of Contents
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
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
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