Awakenings

Gotta love me a bit of Oprah! 😉

Another short clip of an interview with Eckhart Tolle about ‘Aha’ moments – something that I’ve experienced quite a lot since I quit drinking.  You know, those ‘light bulb’ moments of recognition?  Well he explains them 🙂

Killer lines for me:  ‘It awakens and it grows.  It comes to the surface more and the more you hear the more open you are and you begin to live it in your life’.  And that’s how this journey started.  An awareness that I was sick and tired of being hungover, of feeling like shit, of treating others badly because I was trapped in the boozer’s cycle of buy, consume, recover and couldn’t see a way out and was scared of changing.  But we always have a choice.

Mastin Kipp at The Daily Love also recently used an Eckhart Tolle quote which really resonated for me so thought I’d share it here (thanks Mastin!)

Every addiction arises from an unconscious refusal to face and move through your own pain. Every addiction starts with pain and ends with pain. Whatever the substance you are addicted to – alcohol, food, legal or illegal drugs, or a person – you are using something or somebody to cover up your pain.”

 

8 thoughts on “Awakenings

  1. recognising is one thing – knowing how to live it, actually do it – that can be harder. Getting some momentum on whatever you are trying to do is key.

  2. Totally agree Prim 🙂 Finding a whole group of people doing the same thing makes it a WHOLE lot easier – the joy of this community xx

  3. Love Eckhart. Have you heard the monk story he tells?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QN5ljFuQ58k

    I do like the idea of addiction starting and ending with pain. I can certainly attest to that. I also love the quote about how addicts are people who are running away from God as quickly as they can (I don’t know who said that one). But yes – spirit recognizing spirit. What a wonderful thing.

    Thanks for this, Lucy!

    Paul

    1. Ooh thanks Paul. I think I’m going to have to invest in some Eckhart Tolle books! Happy sober Sunday 🙂 xx

  4. I’ve had a lot of ‘aha’ moments since getting sober too. I’ve also begun living differently because of them. Thanks for the reminder of how wonderful it is to be able to change!

  5. I remember those ‘aha’ moments seemed so abundant in early sobriety. I just couldn’t piece together how I had spent my whole life not knowing this stuff. Then I started getting irritated that no one taught me. (There was just no helping me 🙂 But as I began to practice the principles I was learning, I learned to forgive and move forward in the ‘now’ of life. I still have moments of ‘aha’ and they are precious and wonderful. I hope they never go away. And I suppose as long as I keep growing they never will. xox Lisa

    1. Hi Lisa The learning to forgive part is the toughest – for things I did in the past and for mistakes unwittingly made now too xx

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