What is Spiritual Sobriety?
What is Spiritual Sobriety? Let's begin with the word "spiritual"
which means of the soul, relating to the soul or spirit in contrast to material things. "Sobriety"
has various meanings;
- moderation in or abstinence from alcohol or drugs,
- the quality of being serious or thoughtful, and
- abstaining from excess in any behaviour.
In our contemporary world that emphasizes success measured by the acquisition of material possessions, power, achievement, newer and faster technology, intellectual prowess, many people are feeling dissatisfied, disconnected and displaced.
is a way of living that is joyful, conscious and intentional, supported by self-awareness, personal accountability and responsible action to effect positive change in the world.
cultivates and nourishes a transcendental relationship with the Divine (God, Goddess, universal intelligence, Spirit, Tao, higher power, etc), a quality that is found in and beyond any specific religious affiliation and is often experienced as reverence, awe and/or inspiration.
strengthens your relationship with your Self, resolves and heals issues that are barriers to full participation in your life including, but not limited to, alcohol and drug misuse, compulsive behaviour patterns, chronic financial problems, relationship issues, depression and anxiety, unendurable stress.
is about designing a new future and shifting attention to personal strengths and values to realize dreams, visions and goals.
Who would benefit?
- feels blocked or stuck
- is in a transitional stage and doesn't know what to do or where to go next
- feels that life is empty, meaningless or without purpose
- has succeeded in achieving goals and fulfilling dreams yet feels like something is missing
- is "in recovery", in a twelve step program or is considering beginning a program
- has completed a treatment program and has a desire for further support
- suffers from depression and/or anxiety
- is seeking a spiritual life and practice
- experiences chronic financial stress
My philosophy can be summed up by my favourite Sufi poem attributed to Hazrat
I asked for strength
and God gave me difficulties to make me strong.
I asked for wisdom
and God gave me problems to learn to solve.
I asked for prosperity
and God gave me a brain and brawn to work.
I asked for courage
and God gave me dangers to overcome.
I asked for love
and God gave me people to help.
I asked for favours
and God gave me opportunities.
I received nothing I wanted.
I received everything I needed.