March 4

FAITH MONTH: DAY 4: “Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking.”― Kahlil Gibran

I love this quote. It brings up all the romantic ideas I hold about traveling in ancient times across the deserts on a camel. I always thought that would be amazing and so much fun. I am sure it is not as great as my imagination pictures it, but I still love the imagery.

And I love the idea of an oasis in my heart. Yay! Isn’t that a nice thought? I think so.

We all know the caravan of thinking…it meanders for hours all over the Universe. Trying to catch that thing and stick with it is the goal of all recovery.

Anyway, today this quote seemed to be a new one for me. It may not be, since I know I have read Mr. Gibran’s works for many, many years; but I love it like it is new. Life does that. It brings up things that may have been familiar in another context and I get to see how they apply to a whole new world in my life.

Recovery goes in a spiral, all healing does. We have these issues and old ideas around here to recover from. Drugs and alcohol are not the culprits of our addiction. They served a purpose. And finding out the
“causes and conditions” around that is the purpose of recovery. I don’t believe any of us have a strong connection to our hearts when we are doing those things.

Faith is the idea that there is a great deal of love in this Universe for me, especially when I am my most unlovable. That is who I was when I wandered into this thing. Terribly unlovable; especially to myself. As I travel this road of faith to the love of that Universal Power, I find that this whole concept of Love only goes to one destination. My heart. I have to begin to uncover the love at the center of my being that is put there for me to live into.

And so, the journey is to that oasis. Nowhere else is it possible for me to sit with that Power. It must be accessed through the love that lives in my heart. I cannot determine that I am unlovable and be okay with the Power. Not possible. I must love me and then I sit in the lap of the Power, exactly where I want to be, in the middle of the oasis my spirit yearns for. I love that!

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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