I believe that alcoholism is a disease that impacts my physical, emotional, and spiritual health. It’s not just about not drinking. Not drinking is only the beginning of living life on a spiritual basis.
As I work the steps, read more literature, and get to know myself on a deeper level, I am finding that I require overall wellness to really allow my spirit to nurture and grow. I find I can fill the void of my sickness with other things, many of which could be considered character defects.
- I overeat
- I sit on my butt and binge watch Netflix
- I drink lots of coffee
- I shop
- I get lost in analysis paralysis
The list could go on, and on.
I rationalize these behaviors on the basis of its not that bad. At least I don’t drink anymore. I’m not hurting anyone but myself. This is where the story line starts to sound the same, and I start to see disease in it. I make promises to do better today, and then by six o’clock I’m planting myself on the couch ready to veg out. I show periods of control followed soon by less control. Sound familiar?
Today I am making a commitment to make some changes. A quick Google search indicated it takes on average 66 days to make a habit. Starting today, I am committing to 30 minutes of movement for 66 days. This idea has been rolling around in my brain for quite some time. What’s it going to hurt to try?
I feel closer to God when I am more active. I am happier when I exercise. It clears away my choked up spiritual channel, and it is definitely meditative at times. I could use more of that in my life for sure.
Wish me luck or join me in my adventure! We can do together what I cannot do alone!