I love this Breathe Strategy, to me it means taking everything I have learned and used with all the other Breathe Strategies to make my life more manageable and rich. To quit worrying about the past and having anxiety about the future, and to enjoy every moment I am living right now. It also means that I take what I have learned and share it to help others do the same.
The dictionary defines enrich this way: to make rich or richer especially by the addition or increase of some desirable quality, attribute, or ingredient <the experience will enrich your life>
Feeling that there was enrichment in my life took several years to figure out. In fact, just the word "joy" had become confusing to me. I just really didn't understand it, some how the definition and feeling eluded me. There is a scripture in The Book of Mormon in 2 Nephi 2:25 that says: Adam fell that men might be; and men are that they might have joy.
My therapist asked me what made the moment so "perfect" for me. I said I was just enjoying every single moment that I was experiencing, it felt open and I could just "breathe." Then she said, "can we give this moment a name?" I said sure and she said, "let's call this 'joy.'" I started to cry and said, "Is that what joy is? I don't know what I thought it was before."
I learned then that "joy" is when you are so in the moment that you can't think of the past or future, only the current moment. Joy is when I can breathe, everything feels open, free and alive. When I feel joy is when my life is enriched.
As I mentioned earlier, part of "enrich" is taking that feeling to others around you. Co-Dependents Anonymous, or CoDA, has a 12 Step Program and Step 12 says this:
Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other codependents, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
As it says, I feel the need to carry the message of what I have learned to others. I have done so in many conversations and this is a huge part of why I am doing this blog. And what is that message, Melodie Beattie says it this way in her book Codependents' Guide to the Twelve Steps: