Spirituality in Recovery

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spirituality

spɪrɪtʃʊˈalɪti,spɪrɪtjʊˈalɪti/
noun
 
the quality of being concerned with the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things. "the shift in priorities allows us to embrace our spirituality in a more profound way"

Hi it's Dermot again. If you read my last blog from 11th May, you will know that this is a follow up to that blog and part of a "Recovery from Addiction Series", If not read on:

SPIRITUALITY

Spirituality is wide open to each individuals own interpretation. There is no wrong way and no one belief is the same for everyone.

If you are stuck with the whole concept or subject of spirituality then my advice to you is to "be open to everything and attached to nothing"

INTRODUCTION

•WHAT IS SPIRITUALITY
•WHAT IS IT NOT
•DO WE NEED SPIRITUALITY IN OUR RECOVERY
•HOW DO WE FIND SPIRITUALITY
•SUMMARY

WHAT IS SPIRITUALITY

•SELF ACCEPTANCE OF OUR OWN:
  IMPERFECTIONS.

  BROKENNESS.

  ADDICTION(S).

  POWERLESSNESS.

•HUMILITY.(Being part of everything)
•BELIEF.
•FAITH.
•LETTING GO.
•HIGHER POWER.
•OUR OWN SOUL/ CONSCIENCE.
•THE GROUP, AA.

WHAT IT IS NOT

•OLD BEHAVIOURS & ATITUDES.
•OBSESSIONS.
•NOT LETTING GO.
•PERFECTIONISM.
•SELF DISHONESTY.
•FEAR.
•RESENTMENTS.
•CONTROLLING BEHAVIOUR.
•COMPARISONS.
•EGO.

DO WE NEED SPIRITUALITY IN
  OUR RECOVERY

•IN ADDICTION WE HAD BECOME DETACHED FROM OURSELVES, OTHER PEOPLE & LIFE ITSELF.
•WE NEED TO ACCEPT OURSELVES FOR WHO WE ARE, NOT WHAT WE ARE NOT.

•WE NEED TO LEARN TO ACCEPT LIFE ON LIFE’S TERMS, APPRECIATING BOTH THE GOOD & BAD EXPERIENCES IN LIFE.
•ACCEPTING A SPIRITUAL OUT LOOK WILL ENABLE YOU TO SEE THE BEAUTY OF LIFE AND ALL IT HAS TO HOLD FOR US.
•WE NEED TO RECONNECT WITH OUR HIGHER SELF.

HOW DO WE FIND SPIRITUALITY

•PRAYER & MEDITATION.
•ACCEPTING GOD HAS BEEN AND ALWAYS WILL BE WITH YOU.
•LET GO OF NEGATIVITY.
•OPEN YOUR HEART AND MIND TO SELF ACCEPTANCE.
•UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.
•TELLING OUR STORY - EXPERIENCE, STRENGTH & HOPE.
POSITIVE THINKING & ATTITUDE

SUMMARY

•SPIRITUALITY IS THE ESSENCE OF AA AND THE ESSENCE OF LIFE.
•OPEN YOUR MIND AND HEART AND LET GO OF RESISTANCE (EGO) AND SPIRITUALITY WILL FIND YOU.
•AS YOU AWAKEN SPIRITUALY YOUR INNER PEACE WILL INCREASE AND YOU WILL FEEL HAPPIER.

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