Has Your Recovery Hit Autopilot? Discover how mindfulness practices can re-energize your healing journey. In recovery, familiar routines such as reading daily meditations and attending Twelve Step meetings help to build the consistent support we need, especially in early sobriety. But like all things in life, familiarity can eventually bring apathy. With time, we can fall into a pattern of just going through the motions. Like understanding the words from our daily reading, but not really connecting with the meaning. Or listening to others at our meeting, but focusing more on the "to do" list waiting for us at home. Recovery author Beverly Conyers tells us that these are precisely the moments when mindfulness practices can "reboot our enthusiasm” and "re-energize our journey." "In the past, when we repeatedly engaged in the thoughts and behaviors that propel addiction, we unknowingly shaped our brain in ways that worked against us and prevented us from being mindful,” Conyers explains. "Mindfulness exercises empower us to intentionally reshape our brain in ways that bring greater control, awareness and happiness to our life.” Read more about the connection between mindfulness and recovery. The Power of Believing and Behaving Working (and reworking) Step 11 reminds us of the benefits of being mindful with our behaviors—and with our beliefs. Join us for a special retreat weekend to re-examine the beliefs and behaviors that can lead to greater spiritual awakening. Recovery counselor Roger Bruner will be our guide. Forward to a Friend From trending topics to must-read books to upcoming retreats, Better Together is your go-to source for recovery-inspired information and resources. Feel free "pass it on" to others seeking personal growth and recovery wisdom. Share your life-changing experience Did you or a loved one receive care at our treatment center for adolescents and young adults in Plymouth, Minnesota? Please consider sharing your story to help other families looking for hope and healing. You can post your story—with varying levels of anonymity—on Yelp, Google, and Facebook. More Best-of-Summer Recovery Events Kickball tournaments. Picnics. Motivational speakers. Movies on the lawn. Our alumni chapters are turning up the heat on recovery fun with events throughout the summer.