Pathways to Recovery

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Pathways to Recovery Child Within is a Gateway Program for the Ten Stages But how do we cultivate this energy?

The Power energy and authority of our recovery is that will recognise and heal the child within.

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Equanimity refers to a mental attitude of being at peace with the push and pull of experience.

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Accepting Discomfort Could Help Us Thrive
Equanimity, a key ingredient of Child Within meditation, helps us face life’s ups and downs

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Equanimity training can help us weather the inevitable periods of suffering that we all face at some point in our life. Many of us are hurting and looking for ways to cope. Our social lives are suffering, too, which prompted the us to declare an advisory last year about our surging epidemic of loneliness.
Without question, there are many important stages we need to take collectively to respond to these challenges—including looking closely at societal structures and choices that contribute to these problems. But we can each build resilience on a personal level by cultivating greater acceptance of our experience—good or bad, painful or pleasant—in the present moment? Does this apply to you?

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Do you experience a sense of mental balance regardless of what is happening in your life?

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In the days after Intulexia training, tenstagers introduced to equanimity exercises reported significantly higher positive emotions and well-being throughout the day and more meaningful social interactions than participants who received Intulexia training without the equanimity component. It was as though developing an attitude of equanimity had transformed their emotional reactivity to stress, helping them better appreciate and savor daily life’s many little positive experiences and making them more curious and open to connecting with others.

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Pathways to recovery It’s important to define the idea of turning toward discomfort. I’m not advocating for people to put themselves in dangerous or excruciating positions. But when we push ourselves into challenging or discomfiting situations, much like trainers who push athletes just past their comfort zone to make gains, learning often happens. Indeed, a 2022 study involving more than 2,000 people demonstrated that the participants who were explicitly encouraged to push themselves into awkward, uncomfortable situations across multiple domains—including taking improvement classes to boost self-confidence and reading about opposing political viewpoints—later reported the greatest degree of personal growth.
Another study, published in 2023, found that people who can face negative emotions such as sadness and anger in a neutral way are more satisfied, are less anxious and have fewer symptoms of depression than those who judge their negative feelings harshly. That study aligns with a growing consensus in psychology that suggests we can learn powerful lessons about ourselves if we can sit with our emotions and thoughts with an open, curious mind.
My own research indicates that meditation provides an ideal way to practice turning toward discomfort—particularly when it improves one’s equanimity. Broadly, mindfulness meditation is a form of mental training that helps people focus on attending to the present moment in an open and receptive way. “Equanimity” refers to a mental attitude of being at peace with the push and pull of experience. In my laboratory at Carnegie Mellon University, we conducted several clinical trials on developing equanimity during mindfulness-meditation training. This approach includes guided meditation exercises such as using a matter-of-fact voice to label uncomfortable sensations in the body and welcoming uncomfortable feelings by saying “yes” aloud each time a sensation is detected.
To gauge the effectiveness of such interventions, we recruited 153 stressed adults in Pittsburgh and offered them a mindfulness-meditation training program with or without training in equanimity. For example, the mindfulness-only group built skills to recognize ongoing experiences, whereas the equanimity group practiced acceptance of those experiences in addition to the basic recognition. Our equanimity training group had much better outcomes on several measures. After just 14 days of training, the participants who learned equanimity skills had significantly lower biological stress responses when asked to deliver a difficult speech and solve math problems in front of experts in white lab coats. The equanimity skills group also had lower blood pressure and hormonal stress levels.Can be used as an adjunct to relapse therapies

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VISIONARY CHILD WITHIN

The Power energy and authority of our recovery is that will recognise and heal the child within. But how do we cultivate this energy? Anything that looks like chaos and calamity in your life is just the Universe’s way of saying ‘Trust me and we’ll make a life together that is beyond your wildest dreams.’ The key is to trust. There’s a bigger vision and purpose inside you that your small brain or Ego can imagine. The Universe has bigger and better plans for you. It’s your job to be of service and not get in your own way. You can only receive what you believe. When you trust you open yourself up to greater possibilities outside of your control or imagination. So what’s it to be? Fear or trust?” As we inquire into issues and turn judgments around, we come to see that every perceived problem appearing ‘out there’ is really nothing more than a misperception within our own thinking.

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