The spirituality of an individual is as I have come to find out not based on the number of times they go to church, or on how many times they pray a day. The spirituality of a person is based on the actions that they take on a daily basis in which, they become willing to accept a circumstance that will cause them to be uncomfortable, in realizing that doing as such will allow that person to grow as a result of taking those actions. It was not always like this for me. I came to the program of Alcoholics Anonymous thinking that I had all of the answers and I looked at life and the world as though I was owed all of the things I wanted. In time this drove me to insanity before I sought sobriety and continuing into my early sobriety. In time I learned to pray and to make myself willing to seek help from a power greater then myself. This power I came to see did not need to be an omniscient being only a group or idea that was larger then an individual. In becoming willing to turn over myself to these ideas I had to surrender my preconceived brilliance to the program and was able to let go of the fear that broke my stride when I sought change. As I learned to give up my will to a higher power and to not run of my own will I no longer allowed my wants to guide my thinking and as such came to realize how important the things I was being taught were to me and could be to others. It was at this point that willingness grew into action which is where the real change began. In finding the ability to take action I was able to really begin to change. Based on the idea that my own thinking could not change before I took action I had to let go of the guilt I felt as a result of my own selfish desires and take the necessary actions that were laid out before me by others. Taking these actions I began to grow and I was able to look at the life I have been able to achieve and I came to find out that we all are able to gain something like this. As a result of the work I have become willing to put in and the willingness that has gone into me exploring my spiritual program I have come to find a new way of looking at the world. I see the world in a new light where I have faith that all that is to come shall pass as it is intended to be and that, that eventuality will give to me all I could’ve wanted and more. This acceptance and ability to give up control over the world is what has given me the peace of mind to accept spirituality into my life.
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