Striking that balance between self-reflection and self-absorption is a key.
Regularly monitoring my vitals by checking my emotional pulse, taking my spiritual temperature, and observing my physical condition have become necessary self-reflective measures that support my serenity and sobriety.
I jump off a tall platform; I go boom. I touch a hot stove; ouch, I burn and blister. Every time. I trust these physical laws of nature to work–no need for me to test them repeatedly.
Historically, it’s been easier for me to buy into these physical promises than to trust the universal ones that say if I live by certain principles, certain outcomes will follow. Even more difficult for me was the notion that positive outcomes are subject to these promises just as much as negative ones; just that the negative ones felt so much more familiar to me.
Thursday is the day! Today I announce that Think Right into Limitless Sobriety, my first e-book, will be available Thursday via a link in your email. Thank you in advance for clicking and receiving my gift to you.
Think Right into Limitless Sobriety is a short journal that explores three of the step principles for living a rich and robust life: 1. Honesty; 2. Hope / Knowing, and 3. Surrender.
“Smallness is contagious.” I heard this at a conference recently. It occurred to me at times I’ve caught the smallness bug and even spread it. It feels ickier than the flu. Symptoms may include difficulty swallowing others’ goodness, achievements, or successes. You may be infected if you find yourself gossiping, mocking, eye-rolling or feeling envious. Even worse for me was choking back my very own goodness, achievements, or successes. That is no way to live.
Let’s be real. It is so much easier that way, come to find out. So much less to keep track of.
The truth is I was a liar for decades. Mainly white lies to be non-offensive, but lies by omission or flat out misrepresentation was my default mode. Half truths and untruths came out in benign matters like “How much did that lamp cost?” but also treacherous ones like saying “I love you” back when I didn’t.
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!”
If they’d-a told me two decades ago I would fall in love with living a spiritual life, I’d-a thought that was about as bloody likely as me getting hooked on the drugs and alcohol I was partying around with.
Wait. Both things happened, and not necessarily in that order.
My deep dive into spirituality had less to do with getting older, wiser, and more mature. It had everything to do with getting sober. Ultimately I got it that sobriety and spirituality are intertwined.