The real meaning of the winter holidays has become overshadowed by corporate emphasis on consumption and commercialization for the sake of economic prosperity. Now that you are living in sobriety and working a program of recovery, why not examine where your focus lies during the holiday season? You may find a change of perspective is in order, and the holidays are a great time to realign yourself spiritually and build on your relationship with your higher power.
As the year draws to a close, it is a great time to reflect on the progress you’ve made both in terms of your recovery as a whole and in your relationship with your higher power. Are you satisfied with your feelings of connectedness to God? Do you find it easy to discern what his will for you is in your daily life? Is your conception of God one which squares with your beliefs and values? If not, you should revisit your daily routine and weekly schedule, making changes so that you have more time to invest in your prayer and meditation in order to improve your relationship with a God of your understanding. You may even consider working through the 12 steps of AA in order to clear out any baggage which has accumulated in your mind and heart - there is never a downside to working the steps!
Winter holidays are a time in which we should practice gratitude in our thoughts, words, and actions. By demonstrating our thankfulness in our daily life, we strengthen our connection to our higher power and are blessed with an increased awareness of his will for us. If you are not already, spend a few minutes every evening before bed making a gratitude list, and ensure your morning prayers include a message of gratitude and appreciation to your higher power for all he has given you in life. You will find that an attitude of gratitude has a remarkable impact on your perception of your reality, opening you up to positivity and opportunities which you had previously overlooked.
This holiday season is an opportunity for you to hearken back to the real meaning of the season and grow closer to your higher power. The best gift you could give yourself is a deeper connection to a God of your understanding, as achieving a new level of spirituality will have a positive impact on all areas of your life. Now more than ever we as a people can benefit from improving our relationships with God, so take advantage of your free time this holiday and invest some of it into prayer and meditation. The dividends are more than worth the effort, and your recovery and peace of mind will thank you for it!