Social Prescribing & The AQAL Map

I recently watched a Johann Hari Ted Talk. If any of you have read his material or listened to him speak, you know he’s quite a controversial journalist. He tends to deliver more a less a pitch for a specific concept that lay on the … Read More

A.A. Step One: What Is Unmanageability?

Step 1: “We admitted we were powerless over our addiction – that our lives had become unmanageable.” If you misunderstand the dash, you will misunderstand Step 1. This is important. If you miss it you…well… you won’t make it to Step 2. It’s that’s simple. … Read More

A Twelve Step Deep Dive [Step 5]

We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. Before I rush to explain why the 5th step is crucial for the alcoholic, I want to give a shout to the other “human being” on the receiving … Read More

The Nonself & The Power Of The Invite & The Ego

Years ago I was invited to do a Gospel reading during Catholic Mass. I want to say what drove me was my love for the divine liturgy, but naturally, I’m anxious. Combine that nauseating feeling (I call it persistent-gut-wrenching-impending-doomism) with a social gathering and I’m … Read More

Alcoholics Anonymous (4th Step Inventory): Laying The Foundation

“Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.” Step Four of the Alcoholics Anonymous is the notorious bugaboo of newcomer superstition.  It’s easy to understand the immense fear associated with this step. Particularly its demand for vulnerability and exhibition of flaws and wrongdoings. It … Read More

Step Three Of Alcoholics Anonymous: An Overview

“Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.”  There it is. We’ve tried to avoid it but now it’s in our face.  In the previous steps we pontificated concepts and ideas, but now, … Read More

Step Two Of Alcoholics Anonymous: Broken Down & Explained

“Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.”  Step Two has a specific target in its crosshairs: the mind.  On page 23 of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous this is abundantly clear. It states,  “Therefore, the main problem … Read More

AA Back To Basics: The Brainchild Of AA Or Wally P?

Wally P’s “Back To Basics” Speaking of the basics, is there ever a time when working the 12-Steps that one is beyond basic? I’ve heard the 12-Steps described as spiritual kindergarten or as the pancakes “just add water” variety. I think once more the question … Read More

Smart Recovery Handbook: The ABC Crash Course (REBT)

Therapeutic Presuppositions Presuppositions, as a necessary precondition for knowledge, have always fascinated me. When in my early twenties I was first introduced to Cornelius Van Til and his celebrated presuppositional apologetics my brain practically burned out at the synapses. Like the so-called transcendental argument, I … Read More

17 Of The Best Road Less Traveled Quotes (M. Scott Peck)

Who Was M. Scott Peck? “M. Scott Peck, American psychiatrist (born May 22, 1936, New York, N.Y.—died Sept. 25, 2005, Warren, Conn.), wrote the best-selling book The Road Less Traveled (1978), which was credited with revolutionizing the self-help genre. Self-help books had typically offered tips for succeeding in business, … Read More

20 Revolutionary Carl Jung Quotes

Who Is C.G. Jung? “Carl Jung, in full Carl Gustav Jung, (born July 26, 1875, Kesswil, Switzerland—died June 6, 1961, Küsnacht), Swiss psychologist and psychiatrist who founded analytic psychology, in some aspects a response to Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalysis. Jung proposed and developed the concepts of the extraverted and the … Read More

30 Life-Changing Epictetus Quotes

Who Is Epictetus? “A Greek philosopher of 1st and early 2nd centuries C.E., and an exponent of Stoic ethics notable for the consistency and power of his ethical thought and for effective methods of teaching. Epictetus’s chief concerns are with integrity, self-management, and personal freedom, which he … Read More