Living Life Well: Spiritual Discipline

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Gems for living a life of wellness. Lessons I have learned, or am learning, during this crazy journey through life.

Spirituality is an active relationship with a power greater than yourself that gives your life meaning and purpose. When you work a spiritual program, you consciously and actively attempt to become a part of something bigger, greater, and powerful than yourself.

Belief in a Higher Power takes you out of the center of your universe and offers peace of mind and serenity by an awareness that there is a power that is not restricted by your weaknesses and limitations. Through spiritual development you can create new confidence in your own abilities and develop a new sense of hope. It is through a spiritual program that you can reach with hope and a positive attitude toward the future.

In working on your spirituality you do have to be open to the possibility of a Higher Power and be willing to structure your life in such a way as to spend time alone each day to interact with your Higher Power. It is important to examine your values and look within yourself to determine whether your life is in harmony with those values.

Spiritual discipline is a consciously chosen course of action. Discipline is uncomfortable for many of us recovering addicts. We have lived lives of immediate gratification, and disciple is the reverse of that. The purpose of spiritual discipline is freedom from the slavery of self-indulgence. Spiritual discipline includes prayer and meditation, spiritual fellowship, and regular inventory of your spiritual growth.

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