Category Archives: Willing Ways Articles

Being “Sober” Versus Being in “Recovery”

Being “Sober” Versus Being in “Recovery” |

What’s the difference between being “sober” versus being in “recovery”? There is an important distinction between being “sober” and being in “recovery”. The differences are clear to those who have experienced both phases in their healing process from alcoholism. When an alcoholic is “sober” from alcohol without attending a mutual-help program, therapy, medication management, and/or treatment then they are in a[…]

Confessions of a Smartphone Junkie

Confessions of a Smartphone Junkie |

Protecting our “humanware” by changing our smartphone behavior I AM A SMARTPHONE JUNKIE. I am not embarrassed by this since nearly everyone I see in my world appears to think that what is contained in the little box in their purse or pocket is more important than what is right in front of their face[…]

Feening for a technology fix!

Feening for a technology fix! |

Technology – The midnight snack that consumes you! Imagine this, you wake up in the middle of the night to get a drink of water or a late-night snack. As you walk into the kitchen and open the fridge door, out of the corner of your eye you spot your iPhone. Suddenly you are no[…]



What is deja vu and how do I recognize and use it in my life. “Deja Vu” is a common intuitive experience that has happened to many of us. The expression is derived from the French, meaning “already seen.” When it occurs, it seems to spark our memory of a place we have already been, a person[…]

Mindfulness Meditation & Addiction

Mindfulness Meditation & Addiction |

Causes for addiction and how mindfulness meditation can help with them. One of the first steps in dealing with addiction is to discover the emotional cause of it, whether it is fear, depression, anxiety, or pessimism.  Many times these unwholesome thoughts and beliefs come from what I call the “wanting mind.”  In our wanting mind, we feel that our current[…]

Correlation, causation, and association

Correlation, causation, and association |

Let’s clear something up, correlation isn’t causation, but it’s important! A comment posted by a reader on a recent post reprimanded me for suggesting that marijuana caused relationships to go bad. In this instance the reader was mistaken, as I had specifically used the word “associated”, but the comment made me think that maybe I should explain the differences between[…]

Why We Need Silence to Survive

Why We Need Silence to Survive |

We Need Silence–For All Our Senses–to Live Well I blogged earlier about how chronic, even low-level noise boosts stress levels, which in turn trigger health problems such as hypertension(link is external). My awareness of this in my own life caused me recently to embark on a year-long search for silence, both as an antidote to noise and stress and as a way[…]

Breaking Old Habits


Managers have been known to remove their hair in dissatisfaction with why workers can’t change their behaviors and dispose of old habits. Recent brain research gives us more precise reasons in the matter of why and what managers need to do about it. Most importantly you can’t compel anybody to change. Any sort of pressure[…]

Craving: When the brain remembers drug use

Craving: When the brain remembers drug use |

What are cravings and how should one cope? What are drug-use cravings? I agree with these descriptions and the idea that cravings are strong memories that are linked to the effect of drugs on the brain’s neurochemistry. Indeed, imaging studies have shown some intense brain activation when pictures that are linked to drug use (like a pipe, or a[…]

Getting Rid of Sugar Addiction

Getting Rid of Sugar Addiction |

Thousands of years ago, humans tended to consume sugar found naturally in food and it did not cause many problems. Now things have changed over a period of several years, and it is estimated that around one-third of our calories are derived from refined sugar and white flour. However, our bodies were not designed to[…]

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