To continue our earlier discussion in Part 1 of the SACRED article let us explore the fourth recovery skill in the acronym representative of R, Reinforcement.
To read Part 1 please click here:https://blueskyrecovery.com/2021/03/17/sacred-recovery-exercises-part-1/
Skill 4 (Sacred): Reinforcement
The first objective of Reinforcement is to better acquaint yourself with the healthy kinds of things that you find rewarding.
One form of reinforcement in the psychological sense has to do with things we find pleasurable or rewarding. Provided below is an exercise in which you will be asked to make up your “Top 10.” A list of the ten most rewarding activities or possessions you can think of.
Begin your list with 10 pleasurable things and work your way down to number 1. List your favorite ways of rewarding yourself. Allow yourself only healthy rewards.
After you have made your list, write about ways in which you could use those activities as incentives to engage in various types of socially appropriate behavior.
Skill 5 (Sacred): Equality
The objective of E, Equality is to begin to think of yourself as no better or worse than other people in many significant ways.
All people, no matter who they are, come into the world and leave the world in similar fashions. People who are born into families of great wealth can find themselves in the depths of poverty and despair, and people who are born into poverty can find themselves with unimaginable wealth and riches. In many cases, the only variable that can stop people from success is themselves.
To expand your awareness write a brief “newspaper” article entitled, “Similar Yet Unique.” In the article, describe how you are similar to other people, as well as how you are unique. If you have had trouble believing that you are inwardly as good as other people, reflect on some of the conditions that may have led you to think you are. If you have had trouble believing that other people are as inwardly good as you, also reflect on some of the conditions that may have led you to think that way. Conclude your article with some inspirational thoughts in regards to how you, and others like you can break free of psychological and related obstacles that have kept you in the Borderline Zone.
Skill 6 (Sacred): Determination
The objective of D, determination representative of the last letter in the SACRED acronym is to fire up the determination to succeed, one step at a time.
You are probably reading this article because you want a new, more adaptive, and more satisfying life for yourself. Take a moment and pause. Consider how much you really want the new life you claim to want for yourself? How much do you really want it?
Dig deeper into your own awareness and write a letter to yourself on the topic of “Yes, I Do Want It!” In it describe, in the most motivational terms possible, how and why it is important for you to trade in many of your dysfunctional patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors for new more adaptive trains of thought, feelings, and behaviors. Be specific; be real, and allow your true desire for change to breakthrough.
Once you are satisfied with the letter, make three copies of it and mail each of the copies to yourself. Mail one copy each day for three consecutive days. Once you receive the copy of your letter, read it over and, if you feel up to it, write and mail yourself a reply.
SACRED Self Takeaways
Take time to consider each of the 6 skills discussed in Part 1 and Part 2 of the SACRED Recovery Exercises. Evaluate the different elements, and how combinations of skills and their development will lead to greater self-respect and more fulfilling life.
The word sacred is used with reference to things that are worthy of reverence or respect. Is it a term that you can apply to yourself?
To conclude your sacred awareness expansion’s, write a final essay titled, “The SACRED Skills and the Sacred Self.” In it, describe how you will use each of the SACRED skills to gain a greater sense of self-respect and in turn a more fulfilling life. Describe how you are able to view your inner self as a sacred reflection of who you really are.
To read Part 1 please click here: https://blueskyrecovery.com/2021/03/17/sacred-recovery-exercises-part-1/