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Four Helpful Books About Spirituality

Exploring spirituality in recovery is a great way to strengthen our connection with our higher power and reinforce the spiritual principles of our program. The best books for enhancing our spiritual life will be the basic texts of our program, such as the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, but there are others that are not recovery-based, but can aid us in our journey toward a life of spirituality in sobriety.

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart Tolle stresses the importance of living in the present moment. In recovery, stress and anxiety can feel overwhelming, but by making an effort to live in the present, we find that the negative emotions related to past and future worry are reduced in our day-to-day lives. Tolle uses clear language to guide us toward a life lived in the present, without falling victim to the kinds of thoughts that keep us from accepting and enjoying what is happening now.

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

A popular book in the recovery community, Don Miguel Ruiz draws on ancient Toltec wisdom to develop a concept of healthy contracts or “agreements” that we should make with ourselves. The book “reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering.” The four agreements present a code of conduct with ourselves and others that can help us live with a sense of happiness, joyousness, freedom, and love, all of which are principles of recovery.

Meditation for Beginners by Jack Kornfield

The 11th Step of Alcoholics Anonymous suggests prayer and meditation as a way to improve our conscious contact with our Higher Power. Kornfield explains, “The meditations in Meditation for Beginners are designed to help you shine the light of mindfulness on every aspect of your daily experience—and to show you how to extend the healing power of lovingkindness to yourself and others.” Mindfulness meditation can be incredibly helpful in strengthening our spiritual lives, as well as reduce negative feelings of stress and anxiety that are common in early sobriety.

Emotional Sobriety by the A.A. Grapevine

In 1958 Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, wrote an article entitled “The Next Frontier: Emotional Sobriety,” dealing with the emotional problems of ongoing recovery. In the book, Wilson’s article is presented along with other A.A. members’ articles about their own personal struggles with depression, dependencies, expectations, and practicing spiritual principles in all affairs. The editors explain, “Growing up in sobriety means different things to each of us, and one’s own idea of it may change over time. But one thing seems true: the rewards for reaching for emotional sobriety are serenity, emotional balance, and an increased joy in living.”

Recovery is possible. Once we concede to the fact that our addiction is a problem and we require help to overcome it, we can begin the rewarding journey of recovery. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, brings together the highest quality behavioral health and addictions specialists, spiritual guides, and holistic experts to help clients develop all the necessary tools to achieve a fulfilling life in sobriety. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431