The Sunlight of the Spirit

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Thursday, 01 November 2012. Posted in Voices in Recovery, Breaking News, Alcohol, Prescription Drugs

Living Clean And Sober

The first time I ever heard the phrase “Sunlight of the Spirit” exclaimed at a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous I knew that I wanted it. I wanted to live “happy, joyous and free.”

These days I realize I live in the sunlight of the spirit each successive day that I refrain from drinking alcohol or consuming prescriptions pills.

Living life happy, joyous and free is not as much about what is referred to as cash and prizes in Alcoholics Anonymous. It is about living life on life’s terms sans alcohol and drugs.

As a matter of fact, as the alcoholic and addict lives his life clean and sober he develops not only his intuition, but also his relationship with a higher power.

In turn, she is provided with the peace of mind and clarity of thought to achieve her goals which in turn results in living in the sunlight of the spirit.

Living in the sunlight of the spirit does not require a lot of work.

With that said, giving up drugs and alcohol is absolutely essential to live in the sunlight of the spirit.

From the moment that we abstain from drugs and alcohol, with a genuine intent to never return, everything else seems to work out somehow… seems to fall into place.

We are nudged in the right direction, the right job comes along, the significant other that we once only dreamed of arrives, a windfall of money finds its way to us just in the nick of time, and life suddenly makes sense.

In the event that challenges come our way, and they do, we intuitively know how to deal with them. Sometimes the challenges end as we would like them to, other times they don’t.

However, the prize at the end of the tunnel is that we walked through these challenges sober. As we do so, we gain knowledge, experience and wisdom necessary to help our fellow alcoholics someday.

As we remain sober, we give to back to others, particularly what was so freely given to us. Consequently, we further bathe in the sunlight of the spirit because we are living our true purpose. Everything else is icing on the cake in this second chance at life.

If you or someone that you love is struggling with drug addiction and alcoholism, please call or text us. We can help you.

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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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