Spiritual living is a concept that most of us never even thought about when we in the midst of our using.
The Big Book says …”we have been not only mentally and physically ill, we have been spiritually sick. When the spiritual malady is overcome, we straighten out mentally and physically.” (pg. 64)
This disease of Alcoholism/Drug addiction has clouded our ability to see spirituality as a tool for living and a way to better ourselves. Some of us were nervous about the idea of spirituality in general when we first walked into the rooms of A.A./N.A. It wasn’t until we took a look at ourselves that we realized that spirituality was an integral part of our recovery. Thus we surrendered and took steps toward a spiritual life.
The four steps to help us move forward into spiritual living:
1. Stop fighting – We surrender to our disease and we stop trying to play God.
2. Trust God – We realize that our life is in God’s hands. It’s God’s will, not ours!
3. Clean House – We take an inventory of ourselves, we identify resentments and character defects and work to remove them thus changing the way we think and act.
4. Help Others – We constantly take the opportunity to help people in and out of the rooms. Giving back is one of the greatest gifts of the 12 Step programs and it impacts us mentally and spiritually in immensely positive ways.
I am grateful for the sun-filled, bright, clear day. Today I will cherish the warm, alive feelings that fill my being. I pray for awareness of the brightness in my life.