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I alone can do it. But I can’t do it alone.
–Anonymous

We’re the luckiest people alive because we don’t have to do anything alone! Whether we have a new assignment to tackle, a new relationship to cultivate, a new boss to please, we’ll never fail as long as we rely on the program, our sponsors, and our Higher Power.

That doesn’t mean we won’t have trying times and some failures. But the companionship we need for handling the difficult periods will never be denied us. Perhaps we think it will. Maybe that’s why we try to do too much alone.

We didn’t end up in this Twelve Step program as the result of living peaceful, productive lives. We’re here because we got scared. Our lives weren’t working. And they won’t work now if we insist on doing it alone. This is our second chance. Let’s take it.

I will seek the support I need from friends and God today. I’ll have a good day because of this.

I have no clue where I would be without my sponsor, people at 12-step meetings, and my friends in recovery. My support network means the world to me. Throughout every single day I find support at 12-step meetings, talking with my sponsor on the phone or meeting him in person, phone calls, seeing friends in recovery around town and in yoga, and helping a newcomer. When I am alone, I am left to my own devices. Being left to my own devices can easily lead me down the wrong path. I want to stay on my path of long term recovery and I am going to keep coming back. 

We believe in Human Ecology, the understanding and care of human beings as whole persons in light of their relationship to God, themselves, their families, and the society in which they live.

–The Philosophy of Human Ecology

The philosophy of Human Ecology covers all three aspects of our recovery: body, mind, and spirit.

We know that taking care of our bodies is essential to recovery. That means eating properly, exercising as much as we can, and not abusing ourselves physically.

Taking care of our minds is also important. We are trying to make choices that enhance our recovery, not diminish it. This includes the things we read, watch, and listen to. We seek out education and positive affirmation. We go to meetings. We gather with others who share our vision.

Spirituality is the common thread through all of this, for without it we are lost. Our spiritual search is our effort to improve our conscious contact with God. Through this search comes harmony of body, mind, and spirit.

Today let me remember the principles of Human Ecology. They provide a simple reminder of where I’ve been and where I am going.

Taking care of my mind, body, and spirit has been very important to my recovery from substance abuse addiction. I pray, meditate, and create a gratitude list every morning. I go to 12 step meetings almost daily. I speak with my sponsor and other friends in recovery daily. My normal practice is to exercise and eat healthy on a daily basis. I sponsor guys. I share at 12 step meetings. I have a normal sleeping schedule and I live a balanced life. All of these things contribute to my recovery and contribute to me being happy, joyous, and free. All of these things help me to be spiritually fit. Thanks to my recovery and Alcoholics Anonymous, my life is amazing today!

Every intention sets energy into motion

Whether you are conscious of it or not.

 

~ Gary Zukav ~

 

I know what my true intentions were based upon my results. Once I made the decision to be sober, my actions around sobriety supported that decision. I fully immersed myself into the program of AA. I went to one or two 12-step meetings per day, I got a sponsor and I started working the steps, I got a home group and a service commitment. In my first year of recovery, the majority of my life revolved around recovery related activities. Health, fitness, and exercise, yoga and meditation, food and nutrition were all huge compliments to my recovery. Structure, rules, and living a balanced life were important parts of my recovery. I am an alcoholic and an addict. This means that I tend to get focused on one activity and go overboard. This means that I can be a workaholic, sex addict, shopaholic, or exercise addict. Structure and balance are imperative.