The “Just for Today” meditation for January 26th delves into the notion of self-centeredness as a key aspect of our spiritual disease in addiction. It describes self-centeredness as the belief that our desires and needs are paramount, leading to an isolated and egocentric worldview. However, Narcotics Anonymous offers a spiritual solution to this self-absorption: the Twelve Steps.
The journey away from self-centeredness towards a more spiritual, God-centered existence is a transformative process. It involves realizing that our self-reliance is an illusion and that true strength comes from a Higher Power. The Twelve Steps guide us in this transformation, helping us admit our powerlessness, seek a connection with a Higher Power, and shift our focus from serving ourselves to serving others.
This shift is not just a change in belief; it’s a change in how we interact with the world. As we work the steps, we move from isolation to openness, from self-importance to humility. We learn to see ourselves as part of a larger tapestry, interconnected with others and reliant on a power greater than ourselves.
The steps provide a path to overcome the self-centeredness that hampers our spirit. Through this spiritual journey, we find a new way of living that is more fulfilling and connected, rooted in the principles of service and reliance on a Higher Power.