My second alcoholic bottom was just a tad dramatic. After more than a year of drinking a pint of whiskey daily, I was sitting in my recliner contemplating suicide. How would I do it? How would my wife Dora react? Would anyone come to my funeral? Probably not. I was in that dark hole again and I didn’t see any way out. I painfully concluded that I really didn’t want to kill myself, but I couldn’t go on.
This week we are sharing a TED talk by Johann Hari that knocked our socks off. It was filmed last month at TEDGlobalLondon, and we want to make sure our readers have an opportunity to watch it. We invite you to set aside a little time and treat yourself to this enlightening talk. Oh, and you might want to have a tissue handy.
This week we bring you a third article on the Serenity Prayer, this one by the wonderful Rev. Dr. Rainbow Johnson. She beautifully weaves together the work of Bill Wilson, Ernest Holmes, and Reinhold Niebuhr, plus a bit of Abraham Maslow.
Continuing on the topic of Serenity via our guest posts this month, we are again honored to bring you a powerful piece by the Rev. Dr. Jane Claypool, a beloved Science of Mind minister who made her transition last year. You may read the original post here.
The experience of spiritual awakening is unique to the individual. When it happens, how it feels, where it takes place, and the life changes that ensue differ from person to person.
Just in time for Independence Day, we are delighted to bring you a wonderful article from Rev. Lynn Osborne, pastor of the Center for Spiritual Living in Sequim, Washington. If you are like us, thinking about freedom this week, then we know you will enjoy reading today’s post.
This week we are pleased to reprint an article by Patricia Boyer, an accomplished author and editor. Ms. Boyer skillfully traces a powerful line of connection from Transcendentalism to New Thought to Alcoholics Anonymous. She briefly mentions the influence of Fox’s Sermon on the Mount on AA, a topic we plan to explore in greater depth on this blog.
It happens to all of us at some point in recovery: Life feels overwhelming. And for whatever reason, in that moment, we experience the “urge.”
We are human, after all, so beating ourselves up for momentarily considering reverting to an old behavior (drinking, using, gambling, etc.) is never effective. It is neither bad nor wrong to have these feelings or urges; what matters is how we choose to navigate the challenge.