Why do I crave simplicity? My mind has always been extremely analytical, inquisitive, needing answers, and wanting to understand. It tends to be in constant motion. I look around me and the world seems to be in chaos. My mind used to be in this same kind of chaos. I saw the world through a "magic magnifying mind" that complicated everything and I wanted to run. It made me crazy. My alcoholism led me into the insanity that alcoholics experience.
Then I found recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous and the twelve steps. The steps freed me from the rat race of my own mind. I found a way to see myself, others, and my relationships clearly. I had a spiritual awakening and a bond with my Higher Power, God, was forged. I found a way of living and thinking that slowed my churning mind. I found a simpler life and way of thinking. I found peace and serenity. The twelve steps provided a framework for dealing with who I am.
When I have complicated things in my mind I can find simplicity in the slogans of our program.
I can repeat phrases like "Live and Let Live", "There But For the Grace of God Go I", "Keep it Simple Sweetheart" or "Easy Does It".
There is simplicity in prayer. The Serenity Prayer, the Lord's Prayer or a prayer of my own words simplifies things and brings peace to my soul.
When I am disquieted I can find a calmer center when I sit in 'the silence' with God or allow myself to appreciate the beauty and wonder of nature all around me. It sometimes helps to sit and write - to pull out my journal and allow my thoughts to flow out of me or to write a letter I will never deliver.
If my mind is churning it will often slow down when I talk with my sponsor or a friend in recovery. I always feel calmer when I am in an AA or Al-Anon meeting.
I crave simplicity. I think I will do some of the things I wrote about today to find that lovely state of mind and body.
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