Evolution: Embrace Possibility
Happy New Year, everyone! I am feeling energized and ready for 2015, and look forward to where our wellness journeys will take us this year. In the spirit of “beginnings,” this month I’m focusing on the principle of evolution. In my upcoming book Rewired, I explore how active addiction is a rut that spawns even more ruts in all areas of our lives. You might call addiction a rut factory. Our brains become programmed for lives of sedentary inertia and boredom is often one of the most overlooked factors triggering addiction.
That is where the principle of Evolution comes into play. Did you know that setting and completing goals creates a surge of dopamine, a natural mood-enhancer? When we are in a rut, we have to take a long, hard look at just where we have dropped the ball. Have we quit school or abandoned a cherished dream? Have we neglected our partners, settling into a dead-end pattern of resentment and routine? Have we made due with an existence dominated by mediocrity as we secretly wonder what we might have achieved if things had gone differently?
We also have to make an active and conscious choice to set goals – this can catapult us off the couch onto a magic carpet of spontaneity and surprise. When we deliberately choose to undertake our own evolution, we discover that recovery or growth can be much more fun than we ever imagined. Evolution is all about reinventing ourselves so that we can have substance-free and healthy lives filled with joy, pleasure, and excitement.
In Rewired, I ask my readers to journal about their most secret dreams and long lost ambitions and to record their fears and anxieties as they rewire their thinking from passive living to active engagement in the present moment. As you prepare for a new year of possibilities, I invite you to do the same and see where it takes you.