Spirituality is the cornerstone of a program of recovery. Without a relationship with a personalized Higher Power, sobriety is going to be a rocky road. Being spiritual will help you transcend your addiction and find happiness in sobriety. But, if you’re not vigilant, that is, keeping spiritually fit, then things can go downhill fast. Here are 7 signs that you’re spiritually sick.
#1. You’re lying
It’s an honest program but you can’t seem to be honest these days. You might be lying about seemingly insignificant things but, if your go-to is to be dishonest then you’re spiritually sick.
#2. You’re stealing
Stealing is what we call an “addict behavior.” You’re finding ways and reasons to justify stealing things: you no longer get food stamps, your job is minimum wage, etc. The thing is, if you keep doing the next right thing, things fall into place. Plus, there is help available – in the form of local resources as well as from others in the program (just speak up) – if you’re really struggling.
#3. You’re blaming others
A sure sign that your spiritual program is sliding is that you’re constantly finding fault with others and not taking a look at yourself and your part in things. Someone accidentally knocks your drink over, causing it to smash on the floor and splash all over your new shoes. But you’re the one who placed the drink precariously close to the edge of the table. A small example but, you catch my drift.
#4. You sweat the small stuff
You’re ready to “pop off” at every little irritation in life. That must be exhausting. Whether it’s waiting in line at the grocery store, getting tied up in traffic (remember: you’re not in traffic, you are traffic), or some third thing, you’re just plain short-tempered and it’s getting on other people’s nerves. In fact, you’re getting on your own nerves. Which leads us to…
#5. Your personal and professional relationships are growing tense
You’re a drag to be around. You’re tense and so everyone around you, too, is tense. You might start noticing that you’re arguing more than talking with friends, family, and coworkers. You might even be getting into fights. When communication goes out the window and you find that you’re way of making a point is to raise your voice, something’s amiss. Try working on your spiritual program.
#6. You’re isolating
Taking a breather and isolating are two different things. It’s certainly OK and even a good idea to have time to yourself, whether it’s to recharge your batteries or simply separate yourself from others so you can cool down. But, if you’re isolating, meaning that you are increasingly spending time alone, avoiding people and dodging phone calls, this can be a sign of something bigger unfolding. You could be heading for depression and maybe even relapse.
#7. You’re “forgetting” to pray and meditate (with dire consequences)
I mean, look at you: you’re a wreck! Getting pissed off at every little thing, tearing out your own hair, being altogether crazy. You can’t be enjoying life like this. At this rate, you’re headed for disaster. So, slow down, breathe and get back to basics.
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