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Prayer and Meditation

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Monday, 29 October 2012. Posted in Voices in Recovery, Breaking News

Prayer and Meditation

Alcoholics and addicts are uniquely gifted, yet often highly anxious and emotional people that often do not react appropriately to situations even when clean and sober from drugs and alcohol.

Research reveals that regular meditation and prayer aids the anxious and paranoid mind. Consequently, the alcoholic and addict does not have to turn to the use of illicit substances to soothe away the pain.

Keep in mind that limiting the amount of caffeine and processed sugar that one consumes helps as well. And yet, “Rome was not built in a day.”

Back to prayer and meditation; apparently the founding fathers of Alcoholics Anonymous were big advocates of prayer and meditation. According to Step 11,”Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him….”

In my experience, prayer and meditation is absolutely invaluable. Not only does as little as five minutes of prayer calm me down, but a twice daily meditation of what I am grateful for gets me out of myself and shifts my perception. Suddenly the horizon is not visible but brighter.

To be honest, throughout the day, particularly when faced with not so pleasant situations, I say “God help me”, sometimes, I even say “God please, please help me,” over and over. It never fails to bring me peace and back to stillness.

I do not know how it works, peace just comes over me and as a result, I remain clean and sober, and I am able to walk through whatever situation that needs to be addressed.

Another great way to supplement prayer and meditation is to regularly get an adequate amount of sleep. I often live by the maxim, “…work hard….play hard.” I absolutely do both with equal abandon, and if possible I do the same with sleeping. My goal is to get at least eight hours of sleep each evening. The fact of the matter is that rarely happens; as a result, I try to fit in naps as often as I need them.

In fact, a great afternoon nap is not only refreshing and rejuvenating. If done properly, it is equivalent to a full night’s sleep. Sleep on that one!

To wrap it all up, regularly if not daily prayer, meditation, and an adequate amount of sleep is essential. Try to implement this new recipe in your own life and watch your own productivity rise and your peace of mind stay intact notwithstanding the ebbs and flow of life.

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About the Author

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen is a staff writer at Recovery Now Newspaper and, an informative newspaper that serves as a resource for persons of all stages of drug and alcohol treatment, by giving them access to relevant and necessary information so that they may live balanced and substance-free lifestyles. DeShawn graduated from Wayne State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and premedical sciences. He holds a Juris Doctors degree in law from Valparaiso University School of Law. DeShawn’s writing and research has been published in such academic journals as Behavioral Pharmacology and Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior among others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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