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My journey..

ZenDancer

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Hi there friends,

I'm very happy to have found this forum... and especially happy to have found a Christian forum that places its emphasis on growth and love, steering participants away from the debate and discord that so often takes over online spaces... My name is Lucas and I've been sober for three years in AA... I'm 45 now, and first came to recovery 20 years ago, but after 14 years of sobriety I drifted away from meetings and eventually fell off the wagon... and so began three years of banging my head against the wall of 'moderation'... Glad to say I finally tucked my prideful tail between my legs and shuffled back into the meetings...

I know I have learned but a little of God, but I am also absolutely convinced that my relationship with God has to be my number one priority. I was raised in a home of militant athiests, but the certainty that a higher power doesn't exist never made sense to me, either logically or intuitively... My spiritual journey started out with Buddhist meditation... and particularly the Zen tradition... I found great peace in the stillness and silence, though something was always missing... There is tremendous beauty and wisdom in Zen practice, but its focus on emptiness and 'no thing' ignores, or even excludes, the fullness and richness of experiencing God, for me at least... It was actually through Zen that I came across the writings of Christian teachers like Thomas Keating and Thomas Merton, who like so many others in the Christian contemplative tradition have built bridges with Zen communities... in learning from these and others I eventually developed a regular practice of Christian prayer and meditation..

Today, I am happy to be sober and happy to be growing in love, albeit slowly at times... I feel like I've finally given myself permission to live my truth, which is that I fell in love with God many years ago, but somehow I never allowed myself to really surrender to that love... I think.. I hope.. that that has begun to change...

I hope I can support others in their journey, and learn from them, whilst also growing in my relationship with God by joining you in this wonderful space....

Thank you for being here!
Hugs,
Lucas
 

Tessa

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Hi Lucas and welcome aboard
. I love your avatat .
thank you for sharing your amazing journey
Glad you found us and looking forward to seeing you around. Hope you enjoy the forum.
God Bless
 

humble soul

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so glad to read your story lucas. I too dabbled in Buddhism and have similar view to you. The meditations are nice and a beautiful mind is achievable but there is always something missing. We yearn for a higher power, whether we are aware of it ot not.
I still read Merton. Nouwen is another I need to read more of.
Hope you stick around Lucas. We might have a lot in common.
 

Susannah

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Welcome Lucas. God bless you for sharing your story and being willing to help others. When you are ready go to the recovery forum of your choosing and tell us what worked for you.

While God supplies the willingness and energy we need to change, what secular things helped.? Did you do anything besides going to AA.

I started in Overeaters Anonymous in 1082. Then I moved to A.A for more meetings and more spirituality. I supplemented this with Adult Children of Alcoholics. Then Al-Anon. Then I started a "Women Who Love Too Much," meeting and finally ended up creating Love Addicts Anonymous.

Is alcohol your only addiction? If not what else did you struggle with?

Remember: What you share here is in confidence because you are protected by your username. If you have any questions post them here or open up a conversation with me.
 

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