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Inner Newness

Tian Dayton MA, PhD, TEP
“Growth is the only evidence of life.” – John Henry Newman


I am new inside. I feel pink and tender, as if young tissue were growing within me. I have been willing to take an ultimate risk by looking at the state of my life and my own insides, not as I wish they were, but as they actually are. I have experienced an inner death. I have walked through spaces inside my mind and heart that felt life-threatening, and I have felt the terror of full honesty. What I did not expect was this sense of birth and newness. Somehow, life feels full of possibility for new experiences. I thought that I would be stuck in anger and blame forever, but I see today that I did not need to feel so down on myself for feeling those feelings. They are just a part of the process. Like all things in nature, I am part of a constantly evolving process; I move and shift and change and move and shift and change.


I move through, I am constantly changing and adapting.   




You are reading from One Foot in Front of the Other: Daily Affirmations for Recovery by Tian Dayton, PhD (Health Communications, Inc., 9780757317880, paperback, 384 pages, $11.96).


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Tian Dayton, PhD, is the author of sixteen books, including The ACoA Trauma Syndrome; Emotional Sobriety; Trauma and Addiction; Forgiving and Moving On; and The Living Stage. In addition, Dr. Dayton has developed a model for using sociometry and psychodrama to resolve issues related to relationship trauma repair. She is a board-certified trainer in psychodrama, sociometry, and group psychotherapy and is the director of The New York Psychodrama Training Institute.