It should have been obvious all along that this effort was being Divinely Orchestrated. I just needed to step up and let the process work.
True religious fanaticism is, in my experience, quite different from the sort of spiritual practice we find in most 12 Step groups.
It’s just an extremely effective way to establish a reasoned, rational sense of self that is unaffected by crisis and conflict.
Both sides present arguments, and for the most part, those arguments depend on the separation of spirituality from religion.
I had to think back to the retreat leaders I had experienced, and remember just how much they listened to me and offered prayers, not advice.
We can “turn it over,” not because we believe there is a God who will do something for us or to us, but because we understand that recovering from addiction depends on outside help.
Plenty of addicts and alcoholics starting the journey of recovery from addictive disease can’t bring themselves to accept the spiritual program that’s helped so many. There are other options.
It was a birthday gift in 1985. I have read it every day since. That means I’ve read each meditation somewhere between 27 and 28 times.