Have you inventoried the things in your life you are “attached”
to? We all have them and until we identify them and understand their roots they
often act as invisible anchors, slowing our spiritual progress. Does this mean
we have to strip away and discard all we own (physically and mentally) to grow
spiritually? No, but we must discard our attachments,
mental and physical. Possessions are not a spiritual hindrance unless we define ourselves by them. We
are not the house we live in or derive any real status (positive or negative)
from its physical location. We are not the car we drive, wristwatch we wear or
any other material possession for these things are all passing, mere ornaments
of living, gifts to enjoy but of little spiritual value, destructive if they
lull us into a false sense of perceived spiritual entitlement because we “own” them.
As hindering material attachments, possessions, may be, they pale in
significance when weighed against our mental attachments, the possessive thoughts
we routinely embrace, particularly those kept in our secret “closet of heart
and mind” which plant the deepest and heaviest anchors. To hold that any group
or people are either favored by God or despised, plants an anchor. To place
anyone or anything on a pedestal, a sacred cow, another anchor. To fail to
recognize the inherent dignity of anyone, for ANY reason, another anchor, wishing violence on anyone, there are
many more. We are spiritual beings, the power that is within us, moves us is
beyond measure; it is no less than the Creative Life Force that animates the
mayfly and powers the stars. As great as this power is, we can set enough
anchors to slow our growth to the point of it being imperceptible. We must
begin cutting away the anchors slowing our progress, for if we don’t, our fate
will be the same as the Rich Young Man from the Bible, who failed to
demonstrate and …went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions (Matthew
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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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