We will comprehend the word serenity. This is one of the promises of recovery. Serenity is the result of finding a balanced manner of spiritual living in recovery by embodying these 3 key principles.
- Practicing Acceptance: In the personal stories of recovered alcoholics in the back of the “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous, officially titled Alcoholics Anonymous, is a paragraph which has come to be regarded as a prayer. Called the acceptance prayer, the author writes about the spiritual importance of practicing acceptance in his recovery. The author writes that “…acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing or situation – some fact of my life – unacceptable to me and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment.” Frequently, what is considered a “problem” only becomes a problem because there is an inability to accept whatever or whoever it is, for what it is in that moment. Another prayer in recovery highlights the importance of acceptance, the famous serenity prayer. “Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Acceptance is the way that unsatisfactory situations become serene.
- Being Present: Eleanor Roosevelt is quoted for saying, “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift that is why it is called the present.” Drugs and alcohol have a way of separating the mind from truly being in the present. Living in the past with regret can cause depression. Living in the future with fear can cause anxiety. Serenity is found in the present moment. Being mindfully aware by being mindfully present helps create spiritual balance and has been proven to reduce symptoms of both depression and anxiety, as well as stress.
- Having Faith: What if there were no mistakes? What if everything was happening right on time, precisely as it should be? What if few things were as they seemed and the true nature of their occurrence was yet to be revealed? Having faith does not mean being religious. Faith simply means “complete trust or confidence in someone or something”. Recovery creates spiritual balance by eliminating the fear of the “other shoe” dropping, being punished, or forsaken. Instead, there is a serene ability to trust and have confidence that all is well.
Balance, confidence, and restoration. This is the promise we make to our clients at Cypress Lakes Lodge. Settled among 200 beautiful acres of lush green landscape, our warm and welcoming residential treatment home offers excellence in addiction treatment. By focusing on mind, body, and spirit, we help clients create lifelong change for lifelong recovery. For more information, call 877-938-1577.