Self care starters!

Hi all!  I hope you’re having a good week/month/year/life as of late. My energy has been pretty wishy-washy the past couple weeks, and I’d chalk it up to the lack of effort I’ve been putting into my self-care aside from the necessities. The topic I want to focus on today is a big one, hygiene. I feel as though when I hear the term “self-care” my mind immediately goes to pretty bath bombs, face masks and fancy shower scrubs. But the reality is, that’s not the …

Grief

Hey all!  I’ve been thinking a lot about grief lately, maybe it’s because pieces of my heart are still grieving life before COVID-19 and what that felt like. When lockdown first started, we lost our freedom, but by month two we had lost millions of people. I’ve lost people to multiple different scenarios but most of the people that have passed in my life, passed from the use of drugs.   Harm reduction is something that we value at ACT NW. The truth is, …

Body Shame

Hey everyone!  I hope you’re feeling light and peaceful today. There’s always a sense of peace for me when the sun starts to come out and shine on all our lives. I know being in the sun for a long time has some down sides, but I simply can’t help it. I’d like to say I want it to be 90 degrees everyday forever, but “the grass is always greener” Ya know?  Since it’s getting to that time of year where we’re going to start thinking about …

Say his name.

Hey everyone! I come to you this week in a vulnerable space. It is a hard time to be a black American right now and forever. I meditate on all the ways we transform for this society, all the ways we morph into what white America expects of us. The ways that white supremacy rip us apart, this is one of those ways…the biggest one.  Daunte Wright, a father to a beautiful two-year-old baby boy, beloved son and partner was shot by a police officer. …

Humility

Hey everyone!  I hope your week is filled with love and light, and more importantly, humility. This is a concept I’ve been thinking about quite a bit, so why not start a conversation here. I hear a lot in 12-step based recovery rooms that humility is required in order to recover. But honestly upon first glance, a lot of words look demeaning or intimidating until I truly look them up because alas, google is free.  I’ll tell you right now that when I …

Happy Black History Month!

Hey All! Happy Black History Month! Being a black person in recovery is so special, and very brave if I do say so myself. This year has been a bit of a heavy weight on the African American community, and not to get into it, but the system does not benefit those struggling with addiction in a lot of black communities. It feels special to be in a place where I can have a voice and feel heard simultaneously. Not …

Meditation

Hi all! Welcome back to our ACTNW blog!   I won’t lie to you all, it’s been a dark few weeks in my personal world. Luckily, I’ve got the self-care on lock. In this post I wanted to talk about meditation, one of my many self-care tools I use for my recovery and spiritual journey.   When I began my spiritual journey, I didn’t know any of the facts behind meditation being so good for the health of our bodies. Personally, I thought it was hippy-dippy and weird. But then again, I …

Hi All!

Welcome to our ACT NW blog! Written by Cairo Levias (me, hi hello.) This blog is made to be a series of thoughts and information curated by me for you all. I’ve been in recovery for almost four years and have always been in love with writing, it’s always been the way I like to process information and feelings in a conclusive way. With this first blog post I’d like to both introduce myself to you all as well as …