February 27, 2015
Because last Wednesday marked the beginning of the Christian season of Lent, I thought it would be good to talk about the spiritual ideas and principles of Lent. We talked about preparing ourselves for a deeper understanding of a Higher Power and making a space for G-d.
Many of the patients recalled giving up certain foods for Lent and what that meant for them as children. “Giving up candy for Lent was like offering a sacrifice to G-d.” We talked about the idea of fasting and the things that get in the way of our spiritual awareness and our recovery: judging others, apathy, trying to be in control, guilt, complaining.
The small groups discussed a variety of topics. I love how that works. One group asked for more meditation time and offered what they were fasting from: smoking, putting up walls to positive input, weird dynamics, and self- criticism. Another group spoke about what inspired them spiritually: The Promises, sponsors, and people who acknowledge them and who they are. Another group leader asked “Who are you?” Answers to this question ranged: scared, lost, optimistic, a good daughter, wasteful, and motivated.
We then asked our ”If” Questions:
Q: If you were G-d for a day, what would you do?
A: Make everyone’s addiction go away and let them be happy.
Q: If you could say what the most important ingredient of a spiritual life is, what would you say?
A: Love for all and let no one be forgotten.
Q: If you were to do some serious soul searching, what would you ask yourself?
A: Who am I?
Q: If you could possess one supernatural power what would you choose?
A: Invisibility. Other powers I would like to possess would be healing and the ability to control time.
Next week, five of our patients will be leading Spiritual Friday; they will choose the topic, music, and spiritual reading. We’re really looking forward to this!
May you be blessed today and every day with a greater sense of love, peace, joy, and beauty within.
Reverend Laurie Durgan