A Resilient Spirit

As I was going through my daily readings, I came across one that I thought was brilliant!

It’s directly derived from Hazelden Treatment Center’s Inspiration Site. Having a resilient spirit is one of the key factors to success in recovery from addiction, being optimistic, positive and being successful in life in general.

When the author is referring to spirituality, he is addressing it as “shared and deeply held beliefs”. Practicing spirituality brings a sense of perspective, meaning, and purpose to our lives.

Cultivating a Resilient Spirit

If you look at the current research, here are five of the most common factors of resilient people:
1. They are resourceful and have good problem-solving skills.
2. They are more likely to seek help.
3. They hold the belief that they can do something that will help them to manage their feelings and to cope.
4. They have social support available to them.
5. They are connected with others, such as family or friends.

Of course, there are more factors, depending on the researchers, but these are the big ones.

At first, I hoped the patterns that I observed in my research would lead to a very straightforward conclusion—resilience is a core component of Wholeheartedness—just like the other guideposts. But there was something more to what I was hearing. The stories had more in common than just resilience; all of these stories were about spirit.

According to the people I interviewed, the very foundation of the “protective factors”—the things that made them bouncy—was their spirituality. By spirituality, I’m not talking about religion or theology, but I am talking about a shared and deeply held belief. Based on the interviews, here’s how I define “spirituality”: Spirituality is recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to each other by a power greater than all of us, and that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and compassion.

Without exception, spirituality—the belief in connection, a power greater than self, and interconnections grounded in love and compassion—emerged as a component of resilience.

This inspiration is from –
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

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