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Beauty  /  Business Coaching  /  Life Coaching


February 22, 2013 by


“You surrender to a lot of things which are not worthy of you. I wish you would surrender to your radiance…your integrity…your beautiful human grace.”

–Yogi Bhajan

Today I went to a meeting with a friend who is an addict, as a supporter. It was one of the most beautiful experiences. It was the monthly anniversary meeting to celebrate anyone who had reached a milestone: one year, 18 months and in some cases, up to 19 years sober.

During the meeting, I started wondering: what is it to be sober? Not just for an alcoholic or an addict, but for anyone…everyone. For me. What is it? As brave souls spoke and I listened, I also thought of my own life experience. Sobriety is clarity, gratitude, presence. Sobriety is saying no to some things and yes to others. Sobriety is peace, resilience, surrender to yourself, god or whatever higher power you know to be real.

In a way, I think recovering addicts are extremely fortunate. They have admitted they are forever in recovery and work every single day to stay clean. It’s a disease and they know the prescription: daily meetings, their sponsor and their community. I do not say this to undermine the seriousness and power of addiction. I say this because, we are all in recovery, we are all ill and we are all diseased. We are alcoholics, shopaholics, workaholics. We can’t stop eating, analyzing or lying. We are sick with greed, jealousy and suffering that never seems to end. Well, there is an end.

What amazed me about my experience tonight was the immense amount of love, support and community shared around the room, outside on the patio after the meeting and at the burger place where a group of us went to dinner to celebrate. So many of us crave community, want friends who are like family and long to be accepted for who we truly are. Not who we are on the outside like blonde, curvy or tall. And not even who we are on the inside like outgoing, funny or intelligent. I’m talking about who we are when we are broken, empty or lost. Who we are as believers, seekers or dreamers.

But before we can receive community, we must first surrender to ourselves. So my question is, what have you surrendered to?

Tonight, I surrendered to my own awareness, my own peace, my own commitment to be authentic, show my pain when necessary and work to live my best life. My heart broke open with love tonight and it felt SO good.

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