There are energies of experience within a life-journey that are powerfully relevant to my work. They are based on my own experiences and having worked with many people over the last number of years in all stages of recovery and rediscovery.
Recovery is all about uncovering patterns of behavior and truth-telling, finding a new way to be with the whole self and developing a path of behaviors that support the life you want to live. We are all in recovery in some way, although it may be identified and exemplified in distinctive and unique ways. Some recoveries include strong components of physical and psychological addiction; others include issues of anxiety, high sensitivity, abuse and trauma. All of the details of ones own experiences are relevant but not primary in the wellness phase transition, when we become aligned with life in new ways. Recovery it is always present and when it is clarified and expressed through healing, all of our experiences can be positively shared through the lens of our life.
I have a history of several classic recovery experiences and I also have ten years of experiencing sustained and solid wellness. During this time I have followed a path of spiritual questing, education and have experienced a path profound personal discovery. Not all easy, I have navigated normal confusion in the midst of the discovery process, lost dreams, a divorce and yet a strong sense of my direction and strengths has led me. This is the early story: As a young teen I struggled with an eating disorder and made my way through the maze of that complex illness. My journey through my first recovery was marked by my young brain, which not willing or completely able to embrace truth-telling and truth-fully aligned living. I was flooded with shame and confusion and navigated that incredibly painful and challenging time with a lot of support. It was during this time that I saw a map of recovery and became attached to the idea of mapping as a form of inquiry. As my first recovery moved through several stages of connection and I moved out of the physiological ravages of my eating disorder, I found myself beginning to engage and enter into the four stages of transition to wellness.
The transition to wellness is a relevant overlay when there is an of any life occurrence that is considered ‘wrong, bad, illness or disease’.
I was not quite ready although I did work these steps for several years I was finding my way through but as I embarked as an older teen on my first college experience I was not ready for the challenge and relied on heavy drug use to calm my extreme anxiety. I was aware of the patterns and sought help in a more solid and defined way, utilizing the 12 Steps and truly embraced recovery with an adult mind. It was at this point I could claim my life.
Understanding who I am in my own journey, and what I have experienced at different stages of my journey is essential. This depth of knowledge is primary because it helps me to define not just how I feel but what the purpose and direction of my experience is showing me. This is now my work in the world to assist others who are ready to fully embrace the next stage of wellness.
It is only at that point of deep desire that one can Reclaim, Redesign, Reinvent and Realign
Darcy Helene Meehan
As an advocate of Reinvention + Recovery, I work with clients to achieve balance, alignment and purpose in all areas