The Serenity Prayer opens a wide door to spiritual growth and healing, one that embraces people of all faiths, backgrounds and beliefs about God. It offers spiritual truths and practical wisdom to addicts and non-addicts alike. People who learn to live and breathe this prayer in their daily lives discover, in the balance between acceptance and change, the precious gift of serenity—a gift that is available to us with each new day and enlightens our lifelong, spiritual journey.
Who do you think you are? I heard that a lot growing up. Usually when I was “acting out” or living large in some way unbefitting to a little kid. I don’t recall it having the feeling tone of “I’ll tell you who you are: you are a magnificent being of light with unlimited possibilities!”
Drug addiction took me down a road where imagination didn’t exist anymore. I wasn’t capable of having dreams because every moment of my life consisted of doing whatever I had to do to get my next fix. I couldn’t function without drugs, but they were killing me. When I began my journey of recovery, I was introduced to four key spiritual principles to live by in order to let my imagination flow, achieve my dreams, and help others.
Whenever I turn my attention inward and upward, I sense my Higher Power guiding and guarding me… I declare and claim an openness and acceptance to powerful ideas and actions. My ideas come in like a gentle lamb and grow to roar like a mighty lion. I am filled with awareness and acceptance of all that is, and all that is to come. I am grateful for my deepening ability to find deeper meaning in all situations and circumstances…
Spirituality can mean so many different things, but it’s essentially what keeps us grounded in our lives. Spirituality brings us balance, peace, joy and so much more, and it’s something that we all have to work towards each day. 12-Step programs emphasize spirituality because of how truly transformational it is on the heart. For many who have struggled with addiction, there is a void that needs to be filled – and while we try to use substances to fill that gap, they simply don’t work. Throughout recovery, however, we can actively strengthen our spiritual selves to fill the missing pieces in our lives.
Getting sober is just the beginning. Life rolls out the red carpet when we fully step into recovery and let it be our permanent mindset. Let the fun begin and let it continue! What can you add to this list?
Addiction robbed us of the power of choice. And we lost our creativity and spontaneity along with it. We were cut off from the joy of life… The restoration of the power of choice means we can advance forward as creative beings. We are participating in the unfolding reality before us. We have that power and we seek to use it wisely or to learn from the lessons that inevitably come when we use it unwisely.
Although I love words and respect their power, all this is beyond words. My recovery is beyond words–the depth of the relief and happiness and freedom that comes with it. When I hear others speak of it, I know they lack words too. No problem. Their emotional passion is communicated loud and clear. Recovery, Higher Power, Green… whatever. I will think less and feel more. And continue to stay in conscious contact with It so I can notice it all around me.