This has been one of my favorite blogs we have done so far. It is so applicable to everyone! It feels like a lot of work, for sure, but there are so many practical things to take from the steps- even if you don't do them all or in order. Hopefully you are finding different areas you can improve your life. Step 10: Continued to take personal inventory and, when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
People that come into counseling often want to know how long it's going to take for them to feel better and be back to "normal". The important thing to remember when you make powerful, life changes, you will need to work at it the rest of your life. It will hopefully become easier, yes, but recovery is for your life. We don't call it "recovered", it's called recovery because it is a process and a journey. Step 10 reminds us we are not "almost done" just because we are on Step 10 of 12. It means to continue checking yourself and to maintain progress in recovery. I liked how Joleen talked about looking in the mirror and doing a 360 degree look at yourself and your issues (in Step 4). We need to regularly do this. Self-examination is a continual process. We are human so we will inevitably continue making mistakes. Therefore, an inventory will be necessary.
Step 11- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to arry that out.
This step involves spiritual discipline. It is also about getting quiet to obtain knowledge and power through God or our higher power. Spiritual discipline and getting quiet may look different for everyone. Some people chose to get up early, before their mind is cluttered and they get busy, and spend time reading, praying, and listening to God. Others practice prayer and meditation through scripture or attending church. Some people experience quiet when they are alone, in their car, on the way to work. Some may practice spiritual discipline through praise and worship. This is important for you to chose how YOU best hear from God. And then practice it and make it a part of your day, everyday. This is not only important for our spiritual development and the 12 Steps, but also for positive mental health. Everyone needs down time to slow down and reflect.
Tomorrow Joleen will finish up with Step 12 and give you some resources for the 12 Step Recovery Process. Thank you for joining us this week. If you have decided to participate in the 12 Steps, we wish you the best in your lifelong journey to peace and recovery!
*Natalie Chandler, MA, LMHC is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Natalie enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, and couples counseling. We also specialize in family counseling, child, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield, and Zionsville.