Acceptance, hope, faith, bravery, honesty, patience, humility, willingness, brotherly-love, integrity, self-discipline, and service are the 12 spiritual principles of recovery. They provide a foundation for living a sober life.
Living by these principles is not an exact science. At times we may not know exactly what principle to follow or which one to break first. Recovery is about making decisions based on what we learn from experience and knowing that God will help us through those difficult times.
The spiritual principles are always there for us to follow. We just have to open our minds and hearts to them.
So, welcome to recovery and thank you for taking the first step toward healing!
A spiritual principle is a concept or belief that we choose to follow in our daily lives. They differ from values in that they do not include things like family or wealth. They are universal ideas that help us grow as humans. This is why spiritual elements are incorporated into the processes of recovery.
At their most basic, spiritual principles involve beliefs about life after death and justice for all human beings. There are many different theories about what happens after we die. Some people believe that we go straight to heaven if we have been good souls, while others think that there is a judgment scene where all our sins are exposed and we are sent to hell unless we can pay for release. Yet other people believe that there is no such thing as an evil soul or spirit, only energy. They say that before you were born your parents agreed upon which energy you would carry with you, and now they wish each other luck.
In order for humanity to progress forward, it is necessary to look backward occasionally. Just as scientists study dead organisms in order to better understand living ones, so too must we look to the past to learn from its mistakes. In doing so, we avoid making the same errors again and again.
Spiritual elements are important parts of addiction recovery because they help us cope with our current situation by focusing our attention on something greater than ourselves.
What are AA's Spiritual Principles?
Spiritual wellbeing gives us faith, beliefs, values, ethics, principles, and morality. Volunteerism, social contributions, belonging to a community, camaraderie, optimism, forgiveness, and shows of compassion are all examples of good spiritual practices. Prayer, meditation, yoga, music, nature, and people can all be avenues for finding peace and tranquility within ourselves and our world.
Spirituality has been defined as "the state of being spiritual", or "the act of practicing spirituality". Spirituality is not only about believing in something greater than oneself but also about living a full life with a purpose. It is basically about finding happiness inside yourself rather than looking outside yourself for joy.
People may think of religion when they think of spirituality, but these terms are not interchangeable. Someone who believes in God but does not practice any form of spirituality would be like someone who believes in gravity but does not use it to lift weights daily. Religion deals with belief systems while spirituality focuses on actions too. For example, praying for others is a spiritual act but not all believers in God would consider themselves spiritual individuals.
There are many forms of spirituality, from religious orthodoxy to mystical experiences. Spiritual practices include prayer, meditation, charity (giving help to others), self-improvement, altruistic acts, music, art, literature, science, philosophy, and worship services.
Spiritual integrity is the state of being wholly committed to harsh self-honesty. It necessitates a high level of self-awareness and an unwavering determination to be truthful. Recognizing that we are not always truthful is the first step in cultivating spiritual integrity. Once we recognize a lack of honesty, we need to take immediate action by admitting our mistake and making restitution if necessary. Only through such self-examination can we develop greater courage to face up to our own sinfulness.
The Bible's command for us to "be honest in all things" (1 Thessalonians 5:21) shows that spiritual integrity includes being honest with ourselves. We need to look deep within ourselves and call out any behavior that is not based on love. Only when we are completely honest with ourselves can we hope to find true peace of mind.
It also requires being honest with others. If we have been dishonest with ourselves, we will never possess the courage to tell the truth even when it hurts. Spiritual integrity means having the courage to admit our mistakes and apologize for them even when it is difficult or uncomfortable. Only by being honest can we build trust with others.
Last, but not least, it requires being honest with God. We cannot expect Him to forgive us if we do not first come clean with our sins before Him. Spiritual integrity means being willing to open our hearts to Him at all times.