July 8

PATIENCE MONTH: DAY 8: “You shall possess your soul in patience.”― Lailah Gifty Akita

I love the idea of possessing my soul. It is not the go-to setting for an egoic addict like myself. This requires the work of many, many steps and many, many years.

I believe meditation has given me the best road into patience. That and life itself. I am not the same woman who came into this recovery thing, and wisdom has come very slowly. An old friend of mine calls this thing “Slow-briety.” He is not wrong.

The more I am centered in my heart/soul/spirit the more I want of that. It is an addictive thing, for me. I love the way I feel most of the time and continue to work diligently at that level and for that purpose.

An addict of my variety does not want a little bit of anything good. So I allow that part of my personality to go after this thing with all the rigor I pursued men and drugs and all the other things I went after. It is a good process. I have not had to participate in those things like “countless vain attempts” or “half measures.” Never been my style anyway.

The more I practice these principles, the better each day is for me. Learning to accept life as it comes is the best thing I have ever done. The spiritual path truly is what I looked for in the bottle, the line, the syringe, all of that. So grateful I got it this way.

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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