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Making Contact

Making Contact

When I first began showing up at a Center for Spiritual Living, clueless that my drinking had morphed into a problem (but super aware of other peoples’ alcoholism), I would only meditate and pray (aka spiritual mind treatment) when queued to do it. My Higher Power connection was alive but dormant, only actively engaged when someone said “It’s that time again.”

Religion and Spirituality

Religion and Spirituality

The issue of religion arises at least once a month at any 12-step meeting that includes newcomers. It’s amazing how it causes confusion. Some folks claim that you have to believe in God, while others say all you have to do is admit you aren’t Him.  Others, myself among them, maintain that the spirituality aspect of the program has nothing to do with God unless we choose to make it so.  Only one thing’s for sure: put two addicts in the same room and it will soon be overflowing with opinions.

Sharing the Faith

Sharing the Faith

Sometimes I wish I could loan my faith to others.  At least I felt that way the other night at my homegroup when the topic was “your spiritual experience.”  In share after share, people balanced guarded reservation with the undeniable fact that, once they sincerely asked a higher power for help, their addiction was lifted and a new way of living began for them.  A few also shared that certain inexplicable synchronicities or phenomena had strengthened their faith.