Spirituality is a word used in an abundance of contexts that means different things for different people at different times in different cultures. Although expressed through religions, art, nature and the built environment for centuries, recent expressions of spirituality have become more varied and diffuse. This is reflected in the range of language used to …∞
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My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. …∞
Prayer as medicine: how much have we learned? Many people use prayer, and some studies have shown a positive association between prayer and improved health outcomes. This article explores four possible mechanisms by which prayer may lead to improved health. While acknowledging the efficacy of prayer and recognizing the needs of patients, prayer, being a …∞
Bill W. a co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous answers questions about alcoholism in a discussion in 1960. Question; What about slips in general? You must have witnessed a lot of them. Bill W.: The subject of slips is a very large one. It takes in a lot of territory. Slips can often be charged to rebellion …∞
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Here is a new daily prayer, I hope it works for you. Lord, help me to relax about insignificant details beginning tomorrow at 7:41:23 AM PST. Lord, help me to consider people’s feelings, (even if most of them ARE hypersensitive.) Lord, help me to take responsibility for my own actions, even though they’re usually NOT …∞
Dr. Bob, one of the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, spoke often about the “prayer of the camel”. Dr. Bob explained that the camels in a caravan would kneel down in the evening, and the men would unload their burdens. Then in the morning, the camels would kneel down again, and the men would put the …∞
Step Eleven: Cultivating conscious contact with a Higher Power In 1938, an alcoholic stockbroker named Bill W. declared his intention to write a book about an obscure new program of recovery from alcoholism. The program, which included twelve suggested steps, was unabashedly spiritual. Bill’s goal was to present this aspect of the program in terms …∞
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A small circle of men listened attentively as their counselor at a mission in St. Paul announced their assignment. Their faces might have belonged to anyone–professionals with post-graduate degrees or homeless individuals who constantly struggle. But they were late-stage, chronic alcoholics, the kind who huddle beneath city bridges in the December cold or who simply …∞