The Proactive Twelve Steps: Mindfulness For Lasting Change
The Proactive Twelve Steps are for all people who seek to make lasting change in their lives, all people who seek more wholeness in their lives.
I originally wrote these steps for people who, like me, were not part of the Twelve Steps culture. They were meant for all people who seek wholeness in their lives, and are not necessarily dealing with addiction. Over time, many people involved in Twelve Steps recovery have told me that they find inspiration in these 'proactive steps': Not necessarily as a replacement for the wording they are so familiar with, but as a way to gain a new perspective on it.
How is it that the same steps can be an inspiration to people in so many different situations? There is paradox at the heart of the original Twelve Steps. They were clearly meant for people who wanted to recover from addiction to alcohol and other substances... yet they are not a list of instructions specific to substance abuse or addiction. They describe a path toward self-discovery and personal growth. It is a path that leads to a better relationship with yourself, with others, and with the world.
So the Proactive Twelve Steps are focused on describing how you can rebuild your sense of self, and your life, by changing how you relate to people and situations. They describe the 'steps' as a self-directed, down-to-earth process—as opposed to a mystical process in which change somehow happens to you.
This down-to-earth approach describes a path that is meaningful regardless whether your orientation is humanist, secular (non-religious) or spiritual or religious.
See also: From Mindless To Mindful: Active Pause®
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