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Recovery Quotes

By francesmurchison | February 18, 2019

Recovery Quotes about Hope “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.” ~Zen proverb“Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power.” ~Jim Morrison“Though nobody can go back and make a new beginning, anyone can start over and make a new ending.” ~Chico Xavier“I don’t think of all the misery, but …

PHIL SEYMOUR HOFFMAN

By francesmurchison | February 17, 2019

On December 13, 2017, VOGUE published a beautiful tribute written by Philip Seymour Hoffman’s partner, and the mother of his three children, Mimi O’Donnell. We’ve copied her raw and beautiful reflection below for easy reading. May we love and support each other today. And may we learn to let go. The first time I met …

RETWEET (RICHARD ROHR)

By francesmurchison | February 17, 2019

Richard Rohr is a Franciscan monk and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His teachings are founded on “radical compassion,” something we could all use in a bit more abundance. In a brave announcement of hope, he writes of the possibility of transformation. May we all be transformed by …

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Anne LaMott

By francesmurchison | January 5, 2019

At Whole Families, Anne LaMott is a hero. Here’s what she wrote on the 29th anniversary of her sobriety.May you remember today that grace bats last. On July 7, 1986, 29 years ago, I woke up sick, shamed, hungover, and in deep animal confusion. I woke up this way most mornings. Why couldn’t I stop …

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Forgiveness

By francesmurchison | December 10, 2018

FORGIVENESS How do we treat those who have done us wrong? How do we treat the spirit inside when we’ve done ourselves wrong? In a life of recovery, we work daily to turn our frustration into appreciation, our anger into love, our resentment into forgiveness. “In the Babemba tribe of South Africa, when a person …

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VANITY FAIR OPIOIDS

By francesmurchison | November 21, 2018

  In October 2017, Tina Nguyen of Vanity Fair reported on the opioid crisis sweeping the United States. Pursuing a sober life in recovery, we at Whole Families know that our communities need to do more than “just say no.” It is truth-seekers like Tina who help bring these issues to light and give them …

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NONATTACHMENT

By francesmurchison | October 23, 2018

  As addicts ourselves and loving friends and family to addicts, it’s natural to feel that we’ve been dealt a heavy hand. Why do bad things happen to good people? Why are some spared, and some not? It is easy to let our pain and suffering prevail, taking the passenger seat alongside it. In the …

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JACK KORNFIELD

By francesmurchison | October 15, 2018

NONATTACHMENT As addicts ourselves and loving friends and family to addicts, it’s natural to feel that we’ve been dealt a heavy hand. Why do bad things happen to good people? Why are some spared, and some not? It is easy to let our pain and suffering prevail, taking the passenger seat alongside it. In the …

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JAMES TAYLOR

By francesmurchison | June 9, 2018

JAMES TAYLOR EXPOSE In an interview about the release of his most recent album, “Before This World” James Taylor says this: “If there’s anything I could make different about my family, it’s this: I wish we had understood addiction earlier. Well, I understood addiction – recovery was the thing I didn’t understand.” Suffering from mental …

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RETWEET (TARA BRACH)

By francesmurchison | June 4, 2018

RETWEET (TARA BRACH)   Tara Brach is a psychotherapist and a Buddhist whose teachings are founded on the idea of radical acceptance. She defines this as “clearly recognizing what we are feeling in the present moment and regarding that experience with compassion.” She writes below about her experience finding that within herself and sharing it …