Making Every Moment Meaningful

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Is it really possible to make meaning out of every moment?  Some people may say that their lives are characterized by a general sense of design and meaning but to say our daily occurrences and experiences are filled with purpose may seem like a spiritual ideal-an inspirational quote at best.  If life contains order and perfect design, why are our daily routines lacking purpose?  The problem lies in distorted roles.  We have become infatuated with our stance on receiving and have neglected the natural life sustaining approach of bestowal.  At every turn of our waking hours we are bombarded by someone or something attempting to sell us a product that will provide gratification.  As a result, this has increasingly become our default mode in which our innate drive to give and love altruistically has withered under the illusion of ‘receiving equals fulfillment.’  The obsession to have is a subtle addiction producing apathy and indifference towards others.  Many times than not, the cause of depression and anxiety stems from an existential crisis where purpose is lacking and the individual finds no meaning.  Once the distorted belief that attaining ‘things’ is broken (switching mindset from receiving to giving) and the individual begins living a life of service in which love, elevation, and healing is bestowed on to others, the meaning of one’s purpose is drastically enhanced.  

Leaving Egypt

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The way to experiencing life on a much deeper level has nothing to do with acquiring information or status.  The way to a profound existence is embarking on the internal odyssey to conquer the things that enslave us.  When schools and society equip our children with the tools to refine their minds and eradicate the troubles within, I say the world is headed in the right direction.  

Obtaining Joy the Right Way

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In battle, a soldier who is severely wounded is given morphine for the sedation of pain.  One would hardly think this to be a remedy to his affliction as negating essential medical care would most likely be fatal.  However, we can say the administering of an opium is a temporary means to provide a relief of suffering.  In the same sense I wonder, have we become a nation of “wounded soldiers” begging for the quick relief of “morphine”and opting out of the critical internal process that ultimately preserves us?  Our own experience can attest that using pleasure as an ends in itself is destructive.  While using pleasure as a means to bring us closer to spiritual matters is not only beneficial but necessary to sustaining the spiritual life within a person.  For example someone may involve themselves in a relationship in order to fill a spiritual void or that person may choose to involve themselves with someone as an opportunity to commit to selflessness and authentic love- acts that bring him or her closer to knowing G_d.  One thing to always keep in mind when dealing with pleasure and pain is that we can never remedy our inner pain with external “things.”  This illusion, the “once I have all my ducks in a row then I can be happy” approach, seems to be the cause of many compulsive pleasure seeking behaviors.  Sadly, many times than not, it also becomes a barrier to the ultimate reality that happiness is sought, obtained, and preserved on the spiritual plane.

Relapse

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So much time and energy is placed on building sophisticated and illustrious centers to keep addicts in treatment. Yet, rare are the minutes dedicated on building sophisticated and effective plans to keep them clean and sober.  Certainly the relapse rate would dramatically drop if we took the time to create practical ways for people with addictions to live on a spiritual basis.  One thing will always stand the test of time- a grateful person in recovery in awe of his Higher Power will never relapse.  

Addicts Are Dying

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I have never met anyone possessing such immense spiritual prowess as the addict.  Succumbing to the agonizing realization that they are separate from their Creator, they use various destructive methods to escape their sense of alienation.  The high or the act provides a temporary relief from this state of spiritual disconnect.  For the addict who has long surpassed the stages of recreation and abuse, addiction is not the problem.  For the addict, the fix is the solution that enables them to forget this reality for a while.  What we perceive as abstinence is viewed by the addict as a grueling torturous reminder that his or her Source of life is missing.  So, asking the addict to stop using or engaging in their behavior is similar to asking them to stop breathing.  So how do we resolve this dilemma of reconciling a relief that destroys?  The most crucial step is developing an intrinsic, practical, and satisfying spiritual life based on a relationship with the Creator that sustains and fulfills the recovering person on a daily basis.  

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