“Spring is Nature’s way of saying “Let’s Party!” – Robin Williams
“No winter last forever; no spring skips its turn.”– Hal Borland
“Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life ” – American Writer S.D. Gordon
Easter is a celebration of Spring. In Nature, Spring means new beginnings, new life, new energy. In our Recovery, Spring can be exciting too.
What are you doing this Easter? Let’s think about what Easter is for us? How can Easter be different this year to how it was last year?
Easter starts with ‘Good Friday’, so it must be good 🙂 Let’s have an Easter full of new motivations, new Hope, new energy and full of bright colours of self-discovery. We hope everyone will have a lovely, condition-free time and hope that this time of year will be an opportunity for all of you to embrace new life, new steps in Recovery, new beginnings and much more….
MTC’s Tuesday’s Group Sessions will change to the new time of 7.30-9.00pm. This change will effective from April 26th 2016
Did you know?
Easter traditions have been around for centuries. The most prominent secular symbol of the Christian holiday, the Easter bunny reportedly was introduced to America by the German immigrants who brought over their stories of an egg-laying hare. The decoration of eggs is believed to date back to at least the 13th century, while the rise of the Easter parade has even older roots. Other traditions, such as the consumption of Easter sweets, are among the modern additions to the celebration of this early springtime holiday.
Eggs and chicks symbolize new life. Eggs have been a symbol of spring since ancient times. An egg also is a symbol of the rock tomb out of which Christ emerged when he arose again. The chick, hatching out of the egg, symbolizes new life or re-birth.
Easter bunny – The rabbit, or hare, was a symbol of abundant new life in ancient times, and reminds us of spring and new life.
The lamb – Represents Jesus, “the Lamb of God”.
Easter hats & wearing new clothes for Easter– Symbolizes new life offered through the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Easter & Spring flowers– Daffodils and tulips bloom in the spring, and symbolize spring and new life.
Baby animals– Baby animals born in the spring also represent spring and new life.
Easter is a symbol for New Life – New start – How can you use this Easter in your Recovery?
Below is a beautiful reflection on the journey of Recovery from fully recovered Freedom Fighter Peppermint:
Back to Basics
At Tuesday’s group the topic of getting back to basics was suggested when discussing the different aspects of self-care. It made me realise how ‘snobby’ condition can be. Condition can make you think your beyond and above some tips and tools. Tools like journaling every day, making an effort to talk nicer to myself, writing a credit list are not just something that I had to do that one time I was beginning recovery. I have found with an outlook and attitude like that towards recovery, I have never gotten very far.
It is with those tools that I have recovered. So I now see the absolute value of them. For me, these ‘tools’ have become part of how I look after myself. They are part of my self-care. I have personalised them to fit into my life, making me feel empowered and in charge of my happiness. With time and patience (a lot of patience!) I can tell when I need to ground myself. Some days a few deep breaths will do, other days I may need to write and write but It’s no longer a chore. That is why I wanted to write this piece was to say that once I ignored judgement, let myself feel uncomfortable and feel the fear and do it anyway I became very in tune with me.
Self-care has no one definition. It can be whatever you want it to be for you.
Written by Peppermint
Another inspiring reflection on the Recovery journey by Freedom Fighter Dochas :
Recovery for Me…
Recovery for me begins and ends with Re-connecting.
When recovered, I will see the beauty in life around me like I used to, no longer trapped in my own bubble of distress.
I will be present.
My need for perfection will be replaced by acceptance….busy-ness by balance…. by lightness.
I will understand and practice the meaning of the word ENOUGH.
Food will be my pleasure, not my threat. No more ‘good’ or ‘bad’, just pure nourishment. No more a source of anxiety – only quality fuel my body needs and what more, deserves.
My life will be full – not just my head. I will no longer live by the rigidity of ED’s rules.
I will walk the walk, leading by example in school and society. Integrity will define who I am.
The energy freedom brings will seep through me. I will radiate happiness and fulfilment. I will treat my body with respect as the treasure box it is: nourish it, nurture it and love it. Neglect and Deprivation will be a distant memory.
I will accept myself for who I am and what I stand for. I will trust myself and believe in my abilities. I will value my own worth as a person – flaws included.
I will honour my sense of judgement in making wise choices in life. I will take responsibility for who I am. I will have clarity of thought, nurture my spirituality and my every action will reflect truth and honesty.
I will invest in me: making the best possible use of my time by embracing every opportunity that comes my way to grow.
No more comparing.
I will be self-empowered – proud to live and love life on my own terms.
I will OWN my life and be my own number 1 supporter.
The Hospital By The River by Dr Catherine Hamlin with John Little
This book tells the inspirational story of Dr Catherine Hamlin and her husband Reg Hamlin. Catherine and Reg are Australian doctors, gynaecologist who went to work to Ethiopia and dedicated their lives to helping women who suffered the catastrophic effects of obstructive labour. What comes across in this book is Hamilton’s compassion for every aspect of the human race. Even though the stories of what these women went through are horrific, the compassion and care they received from Reg and Catherine shows that anything can be overcome. Many of these women who received their care are working in this clinic today and helping others. This book restores your faith in humanity, and allows you to see the human face of the medical profession.
Plato said that before man had to live in the outside world he was sitting in a cave, watching a shadow, after a while he began to wonder what was behind that shadow. He went to explore the source. His search came to discover that there was a fire just beyond the rock that was his home. This discovery lead him to an even grater discovery more import discovery that there is life beyond the cave. When we enter a cinema or pop a DVD into a player or lap top, we on some level are going back into the cave and discovering many different types of flames that can lead us out of the caves in which we find ourselves.
Gaining Hope and Encouragement
No film by itself can reverse a negative worldview. But if we feel temporarily helpless and discouragement, films that begin with despair and end in triumph can give us hope. If we can identify with characters trapped in their circumstances and share their disappointments as well as their unsteady steps towards liberation, we may find for optimism in your own situation. We can gain courage to do what is necessary to change our situation.
Questioning Negative Beliefs about Ourselves & Rediscovering our Strengths
Sometimes we may hold many negative beliefs about ourselves. At those times we are not aware of our assets and the means by which we assess them. We need help to recall forgotten and discounted resources and to become aware again of opportunities for those resources applied. Films allow us to identify with film characters that have their ups and downs, as they do in almost all films. Did they find solutions to their problems through rediscovering skills that they may have forgotten they had? Most likely these skills seem likely familiar and accessible to us. A shift in our perspective can happen when we recognize and appropriate resources from our own repertoire. An integration of our “reel life” onto “real life” can best take place when we reflect on the film afterwards by us or with a practitioner or a friend.
We ask ourselves “Do I discount the skills and strength that I have in common with the movie character?”
At Easter, many of us are enjoying some chocolate eggs. Sometimes ED can create so much stress around this wonderful very nourishing delight. Here is some information that could help you to enjoy this magic substance. What is chocolate and why do we like it?Cocoa and chocolate are produced from cacao beans. Each pod contains hundreds of small white seeds which when fermented produce a pungent substance. The quality of chocolate and to some extent it’s health properties depend on the how crop is grown and harvested and the quality of the fermentation processing.
- Chocolate has a variety of nutritional plus points. It is a good source of folic acid, copper, iron, potassium and magnesium and contains smaller amount of some B vitamins.
- It is also rich in antioxidants, including flavonoids (commonly found in fruit and vegetables).
- Milk chocolate contributes considerable calcium to the diet – 50g bar can provide 22% of the estimated daily requirement.
Discover Some Interesting Benefits of Chocolate…
- It can make you live longer. Researchers at Harvard University studied 8,000 men for 65 years and found that those who ate modest amounts of chocolate up to tree times a month lived almost a year longer than those who didn’t eat any.
- It is good for stress. It contains valeric acid, which is a relaxant and tranquillizer.
- It can help make you calm – the smell of chocolate has been found to slow down brain waves, making us feel calm, most of the time our brains are dominated by beta waves, when your brain activity slows to alpha waves, we are experiencing a pleasant feeling of calm but alert relaxation.
- It can boost concentration, this occurs for example, if you eat it mid-afternoon, when blood sugar levels get a bit low. Chocolate has a reasonably low glycaemic index, which means it gives long-lasting energy because it doesn’t raise blood sugar too quickly. For example a typical bar has a GI of 70 compared with 73 for a bowl of cornflakes. It is good source of chromium, which helps control blood sugar because it is involved in making glucose available in the body.
- Researchers at Rhode Island University have shown that cocoa stimulates activity of the enzyme lactase in the intestine. We need this to digest lactose, the sugar found in milk. Lactose-intolerant patients showed a reduction in bloating, cramping and diarrhoea when one-and-half teaspoon of cocoa were added to a cup of milk.
- Chocolate can make you more alert – it contains a stimulant called theobromine, a caffeine-like substance that is thought to make us more alert. Theobromine doesn’t have the side-effect of giving us the jitters, like caffeine and chocolate contains only minute amounts of caffeine
History of Chocolate
- Chocolate contains similar ingredients to Indian hemp. To get the same effect as from marijuana cigarette, a chocoholic would have to consume a fifth of his own body weight. According to British scientists, chocolate increase human vitality because eating it stimulates production of endorphins, hormones that produce feeling of pleasure and contentment.
- In the few centuries since its discovery, Europeans have come to accept it completely, even coming from the New World, although in the beginning they viewed it with suspicion. In the same way they accepted tea, originally from Asia, and coffee, which came from Africa.
- The history of cocoa began to be written in South America. The obroma cacao plant appeared here fifteen thousands years ago, at the same time as the first people. Historical records show the Olmecs, whose civilisation was at its peak 1500 to 4000 years BC, as the first growers of cocoa plant. From approximately that time comes the word ‘kakawa’, which must have the same name for cocoa.
- The south American Indian civilisation that grew this plant ascribed it God-like characteristics. This is why Carl Linne, in 1775, named the cocoa bush Theobroma cacao – theos meaning God, and broma, fruit. The expression cacao comes from the original Indian name for it.
- In the Mayan and Aztec cultures, cocoa beans served as currency. They were counted in units and in sets of twenty. For one cocoa bean you could buy one big tomato, and for 100 beans, a rabbit. There is even proof that this currency was counterfeited. In one of the excavated Mayan houses archaeologists discovered a buried urn, and preserved in it something that looked like cocoa beans. After analysis they discovered that the ‘beans’ were modelled from local clay.
- Europeans ‘discovered’ America, and with it also chocolate. At first it was accepted with some reservations. The Spanish, during their invasion of Yucatan peninsula and Mexico, soon understood that the beans were a form of currency for the natives, but at first they did not accept chocolate as a drink. A dark brown thick liquid topped with foam did not appeal to the European eye or taste.
- Chocolate was introduced to England by Catherine de Braganza, the Portuguese wife of Charles II. The English had run across the cocoa bean before, here and there. In the 16th century, English pirates would , from time to time, capture a Spanish ship with a cargo of strange beans. In 1579 the even set such a load on fire, because they thought it was sheep excrement.
- Since time immemorial chocolate has been thought to have a beneficial influence on human health. It primarily became famous for its stimulating effects. There are records indicating that the Indians also used cocoa butter or oil for treatment of superficial injuries. At the beginning of the 19th century, chocolate was still sold in pharmacies and cocoa products are to this day freely used by the cosmetics industry. In the last few years there has been research into the use of chocolate as a homeopathic cure.
Cooking = Creativity
10-15 minutes in pre-heated oven (until golden)
Gas number 7
4oz of cooked Quinoa
8 oz of self-raising flour
2oz of oil
4oz ground almonds
200ml Fresubin Protein Drink (any flavour)
Mix all ingredients together
Roll out and cut scones
Place on a greased baking tray
On another note…
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DATES FOR YOUR DIARYâ€¨
Groups Meetings in Marino Therapy Centre:â€¨
Tuesdays: 7.30-9.00pm – Sufferers onlyâ€¨
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**From 26th April 2016 All Tuesday Groups will run from 7.30pm-9.00pm**
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