Living life on life’s terms is not always easy because life’s terms are not always easy. Through recovery, we learn how to take things one day at a time as we progress along spiritual lines. We may not do it perfectly, but we will learn to do it clean and sober.
- Don’t Take Anything Personally, Even The Personal Stuff: We can never fully know what is happening behind the looks, attitudes, and verbal communication we are given by another person. As imperfect human beings, we have a tendency to project ourselves onto others. Everyone is having a shared human experience which they distinctly believe revolves around them. Humans are inherently self-centered due to the nature of the way we perceive reality. Our reality is one hundred percent defined by how we interpret the world and consume information from the world. That is why when we act with empathy or compassion by identifying with other people’s struggles it takes us out of ourselves. We aren’t always quick to put on another pair of glasses or walk in another person’s shoes. For that reason, we can’t take everything personally. Most of the time, it isn’t about us, doesn’t have anything to do with us, and when we think it does, it’s a reflection of something we need to look at in ourselves, for ourselves.
- Trust That Everything Happens On Time, The Way That It Should: Spirituality in recovery can include developing a concept of a higher power of our own understanding. If we don’t believe in a higher power, we might develop a concept that there are some forces greater than ourselves, beyond our control. Eventually we might realize that when we let go of control and surrender to these greater forces, everything in the world happens exactly as it should. More importantly, even when we are trying to stop the flow, life keeps happening anyway. Perspective shifts are important spiritual practices for recovery. We can easily become the victim, feeling as though everything which happens to us is happening by mistake, to forsake us, or to punish us in some way. When things don’t go our way, we tend to think something is wrong. Instead, we can change our perspective to see that something is unexpected. Thankfully, we don’t know everything!
- Acceptance Is The Answer To All Your Problems Today: Acceptance is one of the most difficult and one of the most important tools in recovery. Not being in acceptance can be equated to throwing a spiritual temper tantrum, which tends to result in uncomfortable feelings and circumstances. It is what it is. It was what it was. It will be what it will be. We have to accept the basic facts of life- we can’t stop waves in the ocean, we can’t stop clouds from moving, we can’t stop the earth from spinning. If we did stop these things, we would cause some serious trouble. Similarly, we can’t change people, we can’t control time, and we can’t fix everything. We have to be in acceptance of what we can change and what we can’t change.
The private residential programs at Lakehouse Recovery Center bring together recovery and non-recovery focused healing to support each client in creating a definition of recovery for themselves. Our clinical therapy and holistic healing methods support our overarching mission of showing clients how to have fun without drugs and alcohol. For more information, call us today at (877) 762-3707.