November 4, 2019

Hey there. Just checking in.

For months now, I have been practicing rest. I have been deepening my practice of rest by saying no, by really considering my intention before saying yes, and by saying nothing at all. And when I say I'm resting, I mean I'm working full time...

September 8, 2019

Most of my projects start out as experiments. When I started the weekly Mindfulness + Recovery sitting group in January of 2019, my intention was to create a space for people in addiction recovery, people thinking about recovery, and people who are simply interested in...

March 12, 2019

I'm reflecting on the fact that I'll have five years of recovery this week. 

I took a grief poetry class in early 2015, less than one year in to recovery, at the recommendation of a wise friend. My grief was fully around the loss of substances in my life. I just pulled...

August 7, 2018

What is good about your recovery from addiction?

I asked this question to participants during the first week of my Integral Recovery Toronto group coaching program in April. It was not a popular question! Why? Probably because there is a lot of shame and guilt and gener...

August 6, 2018

In the spring, I facilitated my first Integral Recovery Toronto (IRT) group coaching session. IRT is for people in recovery from addiction. I put together this group because I am passionate about recovery from addiction. In my own recovery journey, I found that somethi...

March 15, 2018

One of my superpowers is being a recovering alcoholic. Another one of my superpowers is empathy. I am also a kick ass coach. I love development and systems and taking the most complete approach to figuring out how to solve a problem. I put these things together to crea...

February 13, 2018

I just wrote the following note to some of my dear coaching colleagues, and I decided to post it here.

I have been thinking about the theme of "heal yourself first", which I was trying to explain to you on the weekend. Here is a quote which better explains it:

"The body...

February 6, 2018

The greatest prayer is patience.

Some questions about patience:

How do you cultivate patience when you have an impatient heart?

How do you appreciate the anticipation of the thing instead of just having to have the thing?

How do you still your inner restlessness?

How do you...

December 22, 2017

What is THE WORK?

THE WORK is the work of your life. It’s learning to be a fucking resilient human being. It’s getting your shit together, it’s waking up, it’s growing up, it’s stop harming the planet, it’s start reaching out to people, it’s start meditating. It’s stop...

December 6, 2017

There is crazy shit happening in the world. Yes. How can I help?

I made buttons that say Love More, and I have been giving them away, and leaving them in random places in Toronto.

Because I have a secret mission to help others express their vulnerability. Because I want...

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Melissa Armstrong
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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