Barb Rogers Encourages Us to Free Ourselves from Addictive Thinking in Her New Book

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Offering 24 simple ideas in four sections (mind, emotions, spirituality, physicality), along with strategies and exercises to introduce them into your daily life, "Keep It Simple and Sane," is a book for people on the simple path to wellness, for those who simply want to take charge - to change the things they can change, accept the things they cannot change, and learn to know the difference without operatic, addictive song and dance.

Inspired by the 12-step saying, "Life is simple, it's people who are complicated," Barb Rogers points out in Keep It Simple and Sane (Conari Press, January 2009) that it's pretty easy to tell ourselves lie upon lie as we explain away bad behavior associated with drugs, alcohol, food, sex, work…whatever, in an attempt to feel better about our complicated lies. And of course we can't do anything to simply our lives because we're too busy keeping up with our complicated lives, so we drink, smoke, or shoot, to seek release in inappropriate ways to relieve the complications. But we never do.

Through the telling of her own story of addiction and that of fellow travels, Rogers encourages readers to wait, stop, hold the phone! Start with Mentally Simple (the opposite of Stinking Thinking) and just do it. Start small. "Grab a mental flashlight" and follow her lead to discover what you were thinking and how you might think differently.

Offering 24 simple ideas in four sections (mind, emotions, spirituality, physicality), along with strategies and exercises to introduce them into your daily life, this book is for people on the simple path to wellness, for people who simply want to take charge - to change the things they can change, accept the things they cannot change, and learn to know the difference without operatic, addictive song and dance.

"If you anticipate the journey's end, my guess is you will sell yourself short. If you take time to savor the moments and enjoy the process, you will be amazed at all the treasures you will amass along the way. The end of this particular journey won't come until your days are done. Will you be satisfied with the moments of your life, the choices you made?" Barb Rogers from the Introduction to Keep It Simple and Sane

Barb Rogers is a professional costume designer, the founder of Broadway Bazaar Costumes, and author of two books on costuming. In the '90s she moved to Arizona to focus on her writing. She is the author of other self-help and recovery titles including Twenty-Five Words: How the Serenity Prayer Can Save Your Life and Clutter Junkie No More. Barb lives in Yarnell, Arizona.

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