So usually I would be trying to get to yoga tonight in the effort to put off wine and hope that the class would help me change my mind about numbing out before the weekend actually started. This was in the rare event that I made it to Thursday without wine. The mornings are so easy to make the choice not to drink but then the dinner hour comes and thoughts begin to invade. I am reading a great book right now, “Freedom from Addiction” which I have had for a few years and tried to read before but nothing hit home. I am learning some things from it this time around. Mostly the power of my thoughts and the idea that I control my thought life. I love the following paragraphs:
“With our thoughts we create our worlds. We encourage you to examine your core beliefs and see how you extract those elements of your experiences that reinforce your beliefs. Beliefs are the ideas we hold to be true. If the ones you are holding are not serving you, consider exchanging them for ones that will.”
ENVISIONING THE FUTURE – Page 16:
“Healing and transformation require envisioning a life of balance, vitality, meaning, and purpose. Once you have done this, you can align your thoughts, words, and actions with you intentions for a better life. Envision a life in which you are making good choices, living in harmony with the people, elements, and forces around you. Picture yourself choosing to bring nourishment rather than toxicity into your body, mind, and soul. Imagine what your life would look like if you were living in service to yourself and those around you.
Make a commitment for your actions in the world to align with this vision of wholeness. We are the sum total of the choices we make in life. As creative beings, we have the capacity to make new evolutionary choices that deliver on our birthright to lead a life abundant in peace, love, and purpose.”
So my shift in thinking or beliefs must be that I am missing out by not drinking. I must exchange this thought for: “I am so thankful to be alcohol free and able to be who I am really meant to be.” In order for me to be whole, creative, live life in harmony, make great choices, I get to put down the wine glass and move on. Many no longer have this choice anymore. I do and I choose to be grateful. So my goal for today is anytime the wine witch taunts me is to consciously think the thought: I am so thankful to be alcohol free and be who I am really meant to be.
Have a great day!