From the January 2011 magazine.

January 2011: Only Natural

The unity in Tradition One is reflected in the environment

For each animal and plant, for each alcoholic, there is a common bond: to stay alive.

I was given the gift of sobriety a little over two years ago. I’m finding the love I once had for nature slowly returning. My passion for hiking, paddling, natural history, and keeping a nature journal all faded away. I lost this passion during the last few years of my daily drinking and isolation, a sure sign of chronic alcoholism. It was my abiding love of the natural world that sustained me physically, emotionally and spiritually even at the bottom when I felt alienated from everything. My link to the natural world was my Higher Power hard at work while practicing...

-- Ed C.

Bowling Green, Kentucky