The Serenity Prayer is commonly linked to 12 step programs and is used by many as a coping tool. It says:“God, Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Amen.” When we truly internalize these words, it can remind us that we do have power over some things in our lives, but not all things. When we can accept this in our lives, we are able to shift our expectations and be more at peace about what is going on in our lives. Over the next 3 weeks Imagine Hope is going to help you see how using the Serenity Prayer and the 12 steps in your daily life can help anyone- even those who don’t struggle with addictions! This week we are going to start with breaking down the Serenity Prayer to help you have a better understanding of it’s meaning and how YOU can use it in your life!
God Grant Me The Serenity… Even if you don’t believe in God or a higher power, this prayer used as a mantra can be helpful. When we look at the word serenity, it helps us understand the intent and the tone of this prayer. The word serenity is defined as: “Peace; the absence of mental stress or anxiety; quiet; peace of mind; tranquility; a disposition free from stress or emotion.” This prayer’s intention is about looking for peace and calm in the midst of emotional trouble. As you use this prayer in your own life, be in tune with what you are asking to be “granted”. You are asking for a calmer spirit.
Keep reading all week as we break down the rest of the Serenity Prayer! We hope you start praying for peace in your own lives!
Written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.