When we are embroiled in addiction and mental health issues, sometimes the first thing we abandon is our connection to our gifts, our natural talents and abilities. We neglect our passions and interests to focus on maintaining our addiction. With all the turmoil and distress we’re experiencing, we don’t have the emotional clarity to remember how beneficial our passions can be to our well-being. When we’re stressed and overwhelmed, we don’t have the time or energy for what we consider to be leisure activities. When we prioritize our happiness, however, we give ourselves a huge advantage in the recovery process.
Reconnecting with our gifts is about remembering who we were and what we were passionate about before addiction took hold of our lives. What were you naturally good at, before addiction caused you to forget your talents? What did you excel at? What made you feel inspired and impassioned? What brought joy to your heart and made your soul sing? These interests were given to us as a reason. For many of us, our passions are our calling. We’re meant to pursue them, whether professionally or as hobbies, to make us happy and add light to the world. Our interests bring us a sense of purpose, of fulfillment and accomplishment. When we give time to our passions, we feel proud of ourselves. We feel complete.
By embracing our gifts and talents, we are giving ourselves a healthy outlet for our emotional energy. Our pain and fear have somewhere to go rather than staying stuck and stagnant within us. We allow our energy to flow through creative expression. We’re able to process, express and communicate our difficult emotions in productive and healthy ways. Our pain is transformed into something beautiful, useful and beneficial. We can give these gifts to ourselves and to others, just by being who we naturally are and embracing the talents we were given.
Any time we have a positive outlet for ourselves, we’re less likely to need to turn to our addictions for relief from our pain. Our creative expression becomes our relief instead. Our energy is going to something helpful rather than something detrimental. We encourage and uplift ourselves, adding to our resilience and increasing our capacity for growth and change. We transform ourselves from within, using natural sources of joy as our catalyst. When we add our gifts and passions to our recovery program, we benefit greatly from how much they can help us stay on track with our recovery.
The holistic treatment programs at Enlightened Solutions include art, music, equine therapy, yoga and more to help you discover your own gifts as part of your recovery. Call (833) 801-LIVE.