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​Spiritual Friday: Changes


I love the first quote for all of us, especially for our patients who need to be reminded they all are free to change, if they want to.

"Here is a magical secret we all need to know: People change. No one is stuck who chooses not to be. No one is without infinite potential for a radical turnaroundfrom all that isunconscious and fearful and weak to all that is conscious and loving and strong." ~ Marianne Williamson

These were a few of our favorite quotes on the topic of "Free to Change." It was a topic that touched every patient in some way.

"Old ways won't open new doors." ~ anonymous

"Everything will change when your desire to move on exceeds your desire to hold on." ~ Alan Cohen

"God, grant me the serenity,

to accept the people I cannot change,

the courage to change the one I can,

and the wisdom to know it's me!"

When we asked, "Why Change?" we heard:

"My family deserves better."

"My life was terrible."

"I want to stop hurting."

"I'm gonna die."

"Living life that way is exhausting."

"Why don't you change?"

"The unknown, feeling unworthy, fear, comfortable in the pain, laziness, believing I'm incapable."

Some of the other questions in small groups were:

Have you changed inside?

What spiritual practices can help you change?

What is a constant in your life?

What is something that comforts you that doesn’t change?

The freedom from fear, hopelessness, self pity and whatever else keeps us from change is found in our relationship with our HP/G-d/Creator, with a power greater than us. We can change, heal, overcome, and create anything - sober.

Prayer is a new way that opens a new door. So are gratitude, willingness, open mindedness, honesty, and forgiveness. All beautiful vehicles for change, and all change in the outer world begins in our inner world.

I've linked an awesome song by Tracy Chapman called "Change" – recommended by a patient! The words are profoundly appropriate for the topic, for addicts and for all.

I've also linked another video, a patient favorite, from Rabbi Abraham Twerski “How Do Lobsters Grow.” Enjoy the life lesson from a lobster and a beloved teacher and storyteller.

"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty." ~ Maya Angelou

Oh the beauty and blessing in change...dear G-d help us see it.

With love,