Spirituality

1. the state or quality of being dedicated to God, religion, or spiritual things or values, esp as contrasted with material or temporal ones
2. the condition or quality of being spiritual

Being dedicated to spiritual things or values, especially as contrasted with material or temporal ones. Inasmuch as I, or anyone, claims to try to live mostly by the AA program, with sobriety being my first priority, I think that I am “spiritual” in that sense.

Belief in a higher power is essential, but I think that using the group, or the program, as a higher power can, if it has to, go a long long way toward a lasting sobriety.

I don’t know about a supernatural being.  I don’t know if anyone or anything acts upon the earth, the people, the weather, or cancer cells.  I don’t know why bad things happen to good people.

God as I fail to understand God may be a supreme being, may be all the good in the world wrapped up in the cosmos, may be manifest in Jesus and/or others or maybe not.  I don’t know.

I know that I’m dedicated to material and temporal things way more than I should be.  I know that helping other people and animals pleases me, to a certain extent.  I’d like to think I do it for other reasons, but it pleases me.  I know that I can’t take the temporal and material things with me.  I hope I can take the good I do, or that it somehow goes forward into the future, but it may not.

I know that I was a hopeless drunk almost dead at the age of 21.  I know that the solution to my fatal problem lies within a spiritual program, one that is not dedicated to material or temporal things.

These things are clear to me.  I’d have a hard time separating “spiritual” from “intellectual,” so I think that for today I will not try.

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2 thoughts on “Spirituality

  1. This was a heart felt and very honest post…my sobriety for me is contingent upon the fitness of my spiritual condition. No human could have saved me but what I chose to call my higher power has and can…great post.
    G

  2. I try to keep in mind to try to do the next right thing..what is that..and how do I know?..I ask myself..”What would my higher power want me to do?”
    Then I have my answer. The spiritual aspect of the gift of the program of A.A. has cleared the fog that once encomapssed my life-It’s truly been an awakening !

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