Journey to the Heart

Journey to the Heart

A Classic With Something To Say

I read Melodie Beattie's companion books on codependency when I first started my process of therapy and program to try and figure out how not to duplicate the mistaken I saw other people in my chock full of alcoholics family make. The books have stayed on the market and I hear people talk about them at meetings event now, I believe there have been some updates and new editions but the basic information stayed the same. I'd read it all. Sure, there was lots more to practice than I could get from one or two or even three or four readings, but the information itself was no longer new to me.

That's why I wasn't super thrilled when, for Christmas last year, a friend gave me a copy of Beattie's Journey to the Heart (as comic Kate Clinton says “how codependent do you have to be to give someone else a book on codependency?”). I figured that I already knew everything that was in the book, even if I dispaired of ever practicing it all. Well, in the true spirit of progress not perfection, I found that there was plenty in this book to interest me. Instead of an instruction manual or recovery memoir, I found daily meditations for every day. And not just chopped up pieces of her older books either. The content was specifically written to be in a daily reading format. Each meditation starts with a challenging title and ends with an action step, often in the form of a prayer. The content may not be something I've never heard before, but the format is quite good at reminding me to work on my challenges, one day at a time.