12 Apr 2018 Living Authentically
by Kathy Torrey |
I’m a recovered addict of approval and people-pleasing. I’m looking forward to participating in the upcoming Authentic Living small group this spring. I have been participating in the 12-Step group, Codependents Anonymous (CoDA), on and off for the last 27 years. While I have learned how to deal with anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and other issues within CoDA, I believe this Authentic Living small-group experience is going to take my healing to the next level.
Utilizing three of the twelve steps, Authentic Living focuses on ‘getting real with God, myself, and others.’ It contains specific exercises on how to know myself and accept myself well enough in order to know what my priorities and values are — basically who I am and what I want to stand for.
Authentic Living focuses on 'getting real with God, myself, and others.'
This group will allow me to be honest with myself about my character defects as well as my gifts and strengths in order to be able to have honest, authentic, and healthy relationships within all of my relationships: family, work, friends. Being authentic means giving up the behavior of ‘being whoever anyone wants me to be’ in order to gain their approval and acceptance.
I am grateful for the recovery and healing that I have experienced so far and am looking forward to learning new ways to implement healthier behaviors and lifestyle choices to be more of who God created me to be.
To participate in an Authentic Living group, email Sue Dils (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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