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Spiritual Friday: Feeding Our Spirit with Laughter

The topic for our latest Spiritual Friday was one we've never done and it was so much fun – laughter and joy as a way to feed our spirits. We presented the idea that it is really important spiritually to cultivate the ability to laugh at ourselves, to lighten up! We often take ourselves so seriously!

"Outsiders are sometimes shocked when we burst into merriment over a seemingly tragic experience out of the past. But why shouldn't we laugh? We have recovered and we have been given the power to help others." - Big Book

"Life on life's terms is often anything but funny. But if we can keep a sense of humor, things that overwhelm us can be made more bearable. Humor can put things in a different perspective." - Just For Today

Laughter, as well as those who make us laugh, can transform us in seconds and is such a gift from G-d! We were incredibly blessed to have Sarge with us on Spiritual Friday. Sarge is a local motivational speaker and brings a groundbreaking modality of Comedy Therapy to people suffering from addiction. Sarge uniquely shares and combines his experience, strength, and hope with a comedy style that truly makes your stomach and cheeks hurt from laughing so hard. He generously gave his time and spent almost an hour making our patients laugh until they cried including me!

Sarge left the patients with some inspiring ideas. He spoke repeatedly about how crucial it was for him to hit his knees in prayer, even though he wasn't sure who or what he was praying too. He spoke of spirituality as his life changer and that if he could find that Higher Power, so could they. MAP meditation, affirmation, and prayer everyday are his mantra. Silence, positive self talk, and conversations with his best friend are the most important activities of his life before family, work, everything!

What a generous man. He offered to come back anytime to share, inspire, support, and lovingly offer his most amazing G-d given gift to our patients! Needless to say, our patients and our visiting parents LOVED him! It was the best day!

Before Sarge began, I played a song that always makes me happy and which very appropriately describes our lives as addicts: "Here Comes the Sun" by the Beatles.

I asked the patients: What is the "sun" in your life today?

The answers were beautiful: Caron Renaissance, family, hope, AA

When I asked the patients how laughter fed their Spirits, they shared:

  • "Laughing together just made me feel a part of something."
  • "If felt like I could accept myself and all my ridiculousness."
  • "I felt hope. Life could be fun in recovery; I could laugh."
  • "Gratitude."

Shed What Belongs To The Past

"There are times when we have outgrown a situation, when there is no further nurture to be gained. This is the moment we must be willing to let go. For like the serpent whose skin has grown too tight and worn, we need to shed what belongs to the past to move into new possibility. We may feel vulnerable for a time, but greater ease of movement will assuredly come."

Today was about feeling a greater ease of movement with joy!

Reverend Laurie Durgan