Here are the notes I used in the 6th week of classes at the Utah State Prison
Addiction beliefs: I need this to survive, escape, solution to, to deal with -….
pain of life, rejection, abuse, hurt, sadness, loneliness, feeling unloved, depression, anxiety, dejection, discouraged, isolated, alone, worthless, inferior
Gratitude is a bridge – gives hope there can be things in the future that will bring gratitude
Acts of kindness and service flood the brain with “feel-good” chemicals.
Examples: drinking fountain, tollbooth, grocery store line, coffee latte.
Acts of kindness are also a bridge from the dark side to the light side. Acts of kindness can help change addiction. To find oneself, we need to forget our-self and give selfless service.
If we serve with with self interest, it doesn’t bring joy. We might feel resentment when others don’t appreciate our service. It could turn into manipulation or coercion.
Find a community where you can associate with others giving acts of kindness, to remind and inspire you. Sometimes we don’t know a line is crooked until we put it next to a straight line. Spend time with people who remind you how you should be.
“When we do something kind for someone else, we feel good. On a spiritual level, many people feel that this is because it is the right thing to do and so we’re tapping into something deep and profound inside of us that says, “This is who I am.”
Life is a painting. The paintings of the past don’t have to determine what we are painting now.
What do you want to paint now? You get to choose. You need to define what you are painting, or you will paint what others tell you to paint. To have the life you desire, you need to define it.