Unwind Be Kind

Moonflower

From time to time, inspiration emerges from chaos, with insight for those seeking recovery from life’s harmful habits. While searching for a way to re-engage with the chaos called Twitter (about which anyone who is awake in 2017 might feel trepidation), I stumbled across this lovely Twitter name: @unwindbekind. I immediately adopted it for the Studio. And, as I delved into it further, I realized that simple phrase presents perfectly what this Studio is about.

For those in addiction recovery – and by extension all of us – first we need to unwind. This speaks to me mostly about finding what is “wound” (and wound (wo-OW-nd) and wound (wo-OOH-nd), think about it!) in the first place, whether trauma, illness, addiction, or just knowing there is another way, and then seeking methods such as yoga and mindfulness to unwind it, let it go, unfreeze, and be present. And there is another way, and it is not about escaping, or disappearing into addiction, to unwind the particular knots we are dealing with.

Second, “be kind.” When we find a way to unwind – in the moment and over time, without dependence on external substances or reference points – then the natural next step is to be kind. This is our human nature, and we don’t need to wait for a disaster to find our hearts.

A further perspective speaks to both 12-Step’s 11th and 12th steps admonishing us to find our our spiritual path (unwind) and to serve others (be kind). Just as, in the Buddhist teachings, we find a natural path from renouncing that which causes suffering (yup, unwind) and extending kindness to all beings, who suffer (be kind).

So, in this short phrase, unwindbekind, we are setting our intention on a journey that takes us forward. As India Arie so beautifully sings in “Beautiful Flower,” this is the defining moment of our lives, and we CAN heal the world with our minds.