Recovering The SelfA Journal of Hope and Healing

Fulfilling Your Dreams

New Beginnings — Searching for Hope

Guest Blogger Barbara Sinor

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Tales of Addiction

After an emotional experience, there will be a time for you to bring your life forward, and to be visible on your present stage of life. Choose options that uplift and inspire you, and whenever possible, engage in positive thinking. It may also be time for a health makeover, a change in environment, or a renewal to your outlook on life. Remember, New Beginnings require us to plant new seeds for our future, so make sure those seeds contain all the ingredients to reflect what you desire for your present and future life.

When renewal and New Beginnings are at hand, we need to clarify what has worked for us and what has not so we can choose only that which takes us forward on our journey. We all have the ability to make minor, or even major breakthroughs any time we choose–this can be an exciting concept! It’s called freedom of choice!! Here is a great affirmation you can use to claim this freedom of choice:

Today, I make the choice to end a cycle or way of being that is not in alignment with my soul’s desire.

Sometimes, we may say to ourselves that we have tried, we have struggled, and we still have not found a way to begin again. If this is true for you, allow yourself to be open to support and guidance from the physical loved ones around you, and also the non-physical masters, teachers, guides, and angels that are always with you. State your intention out loud in prayer or meditation–keep it positive and simple, such as: I am creating the changes I need at this time. Making this declaration to the Divine Universe, and to yourself, may be the remedy for the stagnation you may be experiencing.

About the Author

Barbara Sinor, PhD

Barbara Sinor, PhD

Dr. Sinor is a retired Psychospiritual Therapist where she maintained a private counseling practice of over twenty-five years. She counseled individuals and facilitated groups exploring the healing and recovery of post-traumatic stress disorder, childhood abuse/incest, adults of alcoholics, and consulted for substance abuse/addiction recovery centers. Sinor is the author of five books, the last two surrounding the addiction field. In 2009, Addiction: What’s Really Going On? Inside a Heroin Treatment Program was released, and in 2010 her book Tales of Addiction and Inspiration for Recovery became a must read. This book documents stories from those who have been or are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, or for those whose life has been affected by substance addiction through friends and family. Sinor can be reached through her website

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