The Road Less Traveled Cultivates the Human Mind, Body, and Soul
Willpower alone will not enable you to secure a permanent state of sobriety. In an age of super information technology and many people embracing science as the solution to all human ailments, in many cases, aspects of spiritual awareness of the human condition have taken a back seat to modern medical technology and therapies, in an effort to improve the standard of life.
There have been many advances, but within the realms of psychiatry and substance addiction, there is arguably a need for more effective methods. We are bombarded with images of so many things in modern consumerism at a young age and this creates a false set of values that we pursue for much of our lives. The huge void in our souls from empty consumerism sucks up everything to give us temporary thrills and pleasure. The twisted values of a lot of mainstream culture has us pursuing all the tangible things, instead the intangible. Being successful and smart with a good education can definitely make you happy, but without a proper balance of the spiritual/emotional/physical paradigm, dysfunctional behaviors are bound to manifest to one degree or another. There are times in a person’s life that seem insurmountable by human strength and understanding alone, and no one knows this better than one who has been a substance abuser. It takes more than emotional and educational development – it takes spiritual development to heal the wounds of life, and not keep reopening them. Humility opens the door to greater understandingWhichever way you choose to pursue spiritual enlightenment, it is important to develop it on a regular basis – for some this is the only way to remain completely sober for a lifetime. Some people choose a specific religion, while others opt for a more universal concept like ‘Mindfulness’ to get connected with their deepest inner self. The process requires letting go of academic learning and personal experience to explain all the factors of why and how people become addicted. The most important first step is cultivating a humble attitude that you don’t have all the answers, and that submission to a greater power than yourself will move you to the next level of understanding to help you manage your life wisely. More and more addiction professionals are incorporating this aspect into their treatments; in fact at rehabs like The Cabin in Chiang Mai, Mindfulness therapy is a vital part of their programme. So, get plugged in somewhere with a group that you feel comfortable with, and start exploring the world within that has been neglected for so long. The reward from this development is a peace of mind and self-control that will enable you to stand strong in the face of stressful situations and temptations. When others see this new behavior and inquire about the change in you, this is the perfect time to help them in their own struggles and share your experiences of enlightenment.