April 28, 2020

I create the spaces I want to be in. I do this because I have often felt like an outsider, or like I didn’t quite fit in.

Creating space, showing up for others - these are a couple of my gifts. 

I want to create new spaces because I want to feel a sense of community, I w...

April 4, 2020

Fear Leaves the Body 

“We’re going to uncover the reasons why you were drinking in the first place” is something that a therapist said to me, after I had been sober for about three weeks. I was curious - what did she mean? Didn’t I get blackout drunk because I simply lo...

March 29, 2020

I am here to take a stand for aliveness and awakening. 

I am here to take a stand for not missing out on your life. 

I am here to take a stand for the possibility of changing your entire life.

I am here to take a stand for making sense of your story so far.

I am here to ta...

February 17, 2020

Well, hello. Since last summer, I have been resting, integrating learnings, meditating, writing, reading, and making space in my life. Space for rest. Rest is highly underrated and undervalued. Rest has been fruitful and creative. I'm beginning to move out of rest mode...

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...

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Melissa Armstrong
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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