Having life in the spiritual sense differs from just being alive. Even mythical zombies have a form of life, limited as it may be. The movies and TV are replete with depictions of physical zombies, but what of the spiritual zombies we meet daily in our lives? They are easily identified by their clenched jaw when disagreed with, the blank stare when forced to hear an opposing point of view, their aura from years of contempt and blanket condescension of others unmistakable. This state is arrived at when someone closes their mind to new information, refusing out of stubbornness (actually fear) to recognize a different point of view or even entertain the possibility that they may be mistaken, having closed their minds to any new experience they embrace the twin sacred cows of arrogance and contempt. “There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments, and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance-that principle is contempt prior to examination.” William Poole The good news is once we open our heart and mind to fresh winds spiritual life returns. To be clear: Having an open mind and willingness to examine other points of view does not necessarily mean we are wrong or need to change our thinking or position, just that the door remains open, willingness in action. We stay young at heart by a willingness to investigate everything that interests us; by remaining open minded and willing to learn we open ourselves to the sunlight of the Spirit. In this light we find our true connection with the eternal, and we will know peace and truly comprehend serenity.
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Silk sheets or city streets, Park Avenue or park bench, addiction is an equal opportunity destroyer of lives.
My name is Vincent Lee Jones and I have been in recovery since September 1985. My professional career began when I was nearly 20 years in recovery and was asked to work pro bono with at risk students at Huntington Beach High School. At the time I had developed a reputation within the at large recovery community as an effective communicator and was known to some of the faculty. After the death of two students from prescription drugs I was asked to start working with at risk students, which I did for nearly 5 years. Word of mouth lead to offers of compensated freelance Facilitator and Director positions with numerous local treatment facilities in the ensuing years.
As a retired Building Contractor/Designer, working in conjunction with a treatment facility, I created a construction program utilizing a workforce comprised almost exclusively of people new or returning to recovery, helping them to not only learn a trade and start making a living but since many of them had relapsed numerous times, to begin truly building a foundation with real aftercare to live free of active addiction. This program changed many lives.
In my 30+ years in recovery I have worked with thousands of individuals from all walks of life, teenagers to the retired, famous to infamous, prosperous to those living hand to mouth, adamant atheists to those embracing strong Religious beliefs; suffering from all manner of intoxicant and behavior-based addictions as well as those who love and care about them, both as a member in recovery Fellowships and as a treatment professional. I can be contacted at 714-366-1725.
I write and publish daily a recovery based nondenominational spiritually based blog at https://livinginspirit.blogspot.com with accompanying videos that can be found as well on YouTube and LinkedIn at Vincent Lee Jones.
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