The textbook for that program guided me through 12 steps out of the depths of my inner hell. When I reached the ninth, this is what was written:
"If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.
Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us-sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them."
I've named my blog, "...and we will know peace", same as I have tattooed on my upper thigh. It is a constant reminder of where I came from and the unimaginable peace that was gifted to me by working these 12 steps of recovery.
I'll write about recovery, mental dis-ease, depression, spiritual enlightenment, meditation, cognitive therapy tools, personal experiences, shared experiences, opinions on readings and events, and everything and anything relating to the above. But it all centers around peace of mind and how to attain it longterm.
If you have been battling with your own mind, you have come to the right place. I don't claim to be a guru or leader. But I am someone who has been through it, who has experience, who can relate, and who has seen hope and has finally experienced peace.... the thing I so desparately wished for so long ago.
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