In January, I will be leading a Men's AA Spiritual Retreat. (ok, at first blush that's just plain frightening , lol I get that!) The committee came up with this for a theme: "Spirituality, the Essence of Recovery." So, in preparation for that, I thought I might toss about a few components of spirituality for us to ruminate upon.
How about we begin with the word itself: spirituality. What does it mean for me to be spiritual?
For me, I help define the word with notions of what it is not. Religious does not absolutely equal spirituality (and don't you think that was a big relief to learn early on in AA, whew!). Having said that, I know that I feed my spirit today by attending and worshiping in church. However, that is but one (albeit major) component of my spirituality. In my understanding at over 14.5 years sober in AA and 3.5 years a converted Catholic, spirituality is my relationship with a higher power and how He manifests Himself in my daily life.
While I get my spirituality from HP (God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit in my case), I MUST tend to it as if it were a garden if I am to benefit from the relationship. Ideally I tend to it well enough that I have enough "produce" to share with those about me. If I am to be "spiritual," I must leave earthly realms and enter into a two-way relationship, even a covenant with my HP. And then I MUST bring that relationship to fruition here on earth among my friends, family and all whom I encounter. For me, one of the most wonderful components of my spirit is that I can and do find HP where ever I look, if i look long enough. God is truly everywhere, He has his hands in most everything. And so, I can connect spiritually with Him whenever I choose, but (and here's the rub...) I must choose to connect. It is a two-way relationship.
Let's continue along this vein next time. This is really only a bare beginning. Please share with me what your experience has been when it comes to matter of your spirit.