Being merciful toward others is always laudable, but
what of the mercy we fail to show ourselves? Do you mentally (or worse, out
loud) chastise yourself when you make a mistake or when some negative or
objectionable thought floats through your mind? Since we all make mistakes (regularly)
and curious thoughts float up in everyone’s consciousness (regularly), we must
put away the mental cat of nine tails and demonstrate mercy in our own house
(consciousness). The Miraculous wants ALL of us to be happy, joyous and free.
So we must stop berating ourselves
and thank God, that by knowing Him better we can learn from our mistakes and
when those curious negative thoughts seem to appear from nowhere we can turn to
Him in prayer, ask if there is anything to be learned (sometimes there is, but
not always, often a cloudy day is just a cloudy day) and move on. Under no
pretense engage in a hunt for the cause of the thought, attempting to root out its
location in the psyche is a fool’s errand. To do so only opens us to the deadly
trap of morbid reflection and there be dragons. If there is something to
be known or learned, God will make it abundantly clear, so ask Him in prayer and
meditation; but don’t go looking for dragons, they bite.
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Published by Vincent Lee Jones
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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