Mountain Air: Relapsing and Finding the Way Back . . . One Breath at a Time
~By Holli Kenley, M.A., MFT
A unique, insightful and one-of-a-kind way to look at “Finding the Way Back.”
~Review by Judy Herzanek, Changing Lives Foundation
Holli Kenley weaves her personal journey of recovery: emotional relapse and ultimate return to serenity in this very unique and refreshing book “Mountain Air: Relapsing and Finding the Way Back . . . One Breath at a Time.”
There is something deeply personal and passionate about the way Holli expresses her soul-connection with the mystique of nature and the mountains. The colorful, lyrical descriptions of her intimate relationship to the seasonal changes, wildlife and the environment are truly insightful.
“. . . I recalled Nature’s lifelines that I grabbed hold of in my downward spiral.”
As “Mountain Air” takes us through a series of vignettes, we read as Holli experiences a roller coaster of emotions. Ultimately, she allows herself to be still, apply universal lessons learned and regain strength from her deep connection to nature. She reaches deep within to experience her own self-discovery.
Holli writes, “We search for quick fixes, or grasp for life-lines that will keep us afloat, or seek out diversions that will assuage the pain, but relapse is relentless. For most of us, it isn’t until we hit the bottom or until the shame-filled waters spill into the inevitable drain that we have a chance of resurfacing and of recycling back to our fountain of recovering.”
This book can help the reader to do the same as they apply the lessons learned herein, to their own situation. At the end of each chapter is an opportunity for the reader to review and reflect, as they contemplate questions and review suggestions for journaling and self-discovery.
Originally intended as a personal journal–to help the author work through and recover from her downward spiral of relapse, the words are candid and colorfully descriptive (almost as if we are experiencing her most personal thoughts and reliving her darkest moments).
Step by step, the author is lifted from her darkness as she “connects the dots.” I recommend this unique book to anyone looking for guidance in overcoming his or her own situation of (any kind of) relapse.
“Once we are out from underneath the blanket of shame that has weighed us down, we are free to become and to be our true selves.”
Holli Kenley, M.A., Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, currently works in the field of psychology as an author, educator, and workshop presenter.
Formerly from the Southern California area, she practiced for ten years in a counseling center before moving into private practice.
Spending much of her time working in the areas of abuse, trauma, betrayal, and cyber bullying, Holli is the author of two books including Breaking Through Betrayal: And Recovering The Peace Within; and an e-single Betrayal-Proof Your Relationship: What Couples Need To Know & Do.
Holli Kenley is an ongoing contributing author for Recovering The Self : A Journal of Hope and Healing, and she has had several articles published on cyber bullying, including an e-single entitled Cyber Bullying No More: Parenting A High Tech Generation.
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