Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Evening Moral Inventory

Evening Inventory and Matt's Morning Prayer are tools for overcoming addiction. Addiction in any form will inevitably take precedence over every other worthwhile desire if it is allowed.

Addiction has been defined as: 1) Compulsive physiological and psychological need for a habit-forming substance; or 2) the condition of being habitually or compulsively occupied with or or involved in something.

Nature has supplied us all with the ability to become hooked--and we all engage in addictive behaviors to some degree: heroin, morphine, amphetamines, tranquilizers, cocaine, nicotine, caffeine, sugar, steroids, work, theft, gambling, exercise, and even love and sex.

In the 12 Steps of Recovery, Step 11 calls for prayer, meditation and an evening moral inventory.

Ultimately our greatest wholeness and peace requires that we heal and refine our inner world. Otherwise we become increasingly susceptible to addiction in one form or another, and therein lose our freedom.