“When I sense that a situation is dangerous to my physical, mental, or spiritual well-being, I can put extra distance between myself and the situation.” — Courage to Change
The worst thing I can do, when I’m feeling uncomfortable or upset in a situation, particularly when it involves someone else, is to open my mouth, or send a text or email in anger. Taking action when I’m not spiritual centered and feeling good is not only dangerous for me, it often causes harm to others, filling me with self-loathing. The problem is that when I’m uncomfortable to begin with, I’m often not spiritually fit enough to pause when agitated.
The only solution I’ve found to breaking the cycle of anger, hurt and self-pity is to be rigorously consistent in practicing those rituals which keep me centered at all times. For me those are prayer, meditation, cleaning house, affirmations, journaling, amends, forgiveness, reading inspirational books, writing my gratitude list and reading those sent by others, sending out inspirational texts, getting to meetings, sharing experience, strength and hope with others, reaching out to my sponsor and sponsoring others.
When I make staying spiritually centered, and doing those things necessary to accomplish that goal, my priority… ILML!