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On Tuesday I promised the guys in treatment when I did my education group on Saturday I would talk about spirituality. Prayer had come up and there was some question. I always walk a careful line on issues of religion and spirituality, its something where you really want to honor personal choice. But we do know some stuff about prayer and its power in the treatment of chemical dependency. The only practical stuff about letting go i have ever found in clinical literature is on prayer. Plus the Bible is extremely quotable. Today’s quotation i couldn’t pass up was “everyone is righteous in his own eyes”. Many are Christians and being able to cite stuff adds credibility. I try to mix it up with you can always bow to someone’s Buddha nature, good Mormons save 10%, tithe 10%, invest 10% and store up a years supply of food. But mostly i stay rooted in science. I have never done an entire presentation on spirituality and am a little excited about it. I am going to open up with a Dali Lama quote:

I believe an important distinction can be made between religion and spirituality. Religion I take to be concerned with faith in the claims to salvation of one faith tradition or another. Spirituality I take to be concerned with qualities of the human spirit, love and compassion, patience, tolerance, forgiveness, contentment, a sense of responsibility, a sense of harmony, that bring happiness both to self and others.

Spirituality comes from the Latin spiritus, spirit, or breath. It represents our animating force, our connection to something larger than ourselves. There is an in and out that comes with breathing that implies interaction. It is far less important what we believe as what we experience. Spirituality provides a connection, an engagement with the ineffable. Something larger than ourselves. Kabbalists believe that the imagination is the horse that we ride to see the divine. It is not the divine but its the means by which we travel to it.

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