While it’s important to have a good relationship with yourself and others, it’s also a good idea to have a solid relationship between you and the “Source.” Your Source can be anyone or anything: God, the Dao, Krishna, light energy or anything else. The purpose of spirituality is to help you lead a fulfilling life where you practice compassion, understanding and graciousness. Research indicates that people who are successful at practicing spirituality tend to have more positive relationships, higher self-esteem and more optimistic attitudes toward life. As you can see, having a strong connection with a higher power is an excellent way to enhance your recovery.
Let’s take a look at some of the ways that you can be more spiritual, even if it feels unnatural at first.
Spend some time in pure silence.
When recovering from addiction, you need to spend some time getting to know yourself again. The best way to do this is to spend some time with yourself – distraction free. Spend a few minutes each day in quiet. Turn off the TV, silence your phone and close the curtains. This is a good time to practice mindfulness, which is the state of being conscious or aware of something.
Choose your relationships wisely.
You naturally attract people who are on the same spiritual path as you. When you are in the company of people who are negative, angry or depressed, you’re going to find yourself exhibiting the same feelings and emotions. Weed out people who are not in support of your recovery and replace them with upbeat, positive and optimistic individuals.
Enjoy time in nature.
Spending time in nature is one of the most spiritual things you can do. It reminds you that you are part of a larger picture. The splendor of nature also reminds us of a higher power. There is something invigorating about standing next to a body of water, climbing a mountain range or taking a simple hike through a forest rich in color and life.
Practice yoga or meditation.
There are many ways to connect with a higher power: yoga, meditation, personal reflection, etc. Find something that you enjoy that also makes you feel closer to the Source. Yoga is one of the most popular spiritual exercises because the flexible motions, stretching and balancing makes people feel connected to the God Source. If you do like yoga, you also reap the physical benefits, including joint mobility, muscle strength and balance and coordination.
Spirituality is part of a successful recovery. If you would like to learn more about creating a personalized treatment plan that includes spirituality, call The River Source today.