Why the Serenity prayer helps in Recovery

The first line of the Serenity Prayer says it all. You are speaking to God. Whatever perception you have of God is not important here. What is deeply profound is that you are communicating and calling upon something that is other than you, other than your ego.  Developing faith in recovery makes all the difference. You need to know that you will recover. You need to know that your life will have meaning and joy and peace. You don’t need to accept a religious ideology in recovery. Faith, assurance or conviction, whatever you want to call it is essential to your recovery. You cannot see faith now. It supposes belief. Believe in yourself and your recovery and manifest your destiny.

The short version of the Serenity prayer goes like this:


Grant me the serenity

 To accept the things I cannot change

The courage to change The things I can

 And the wisdom to know The difference

The Serenity Prayer

Serenity Means Developing Equanimity Carl Yung once suggested that Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity (self-control).

Developing Faith in Recovery Developing faith in recovery does not mean that the individual is expected to adopt any particular religious ideas. It is referring to confidence in the idea that when people do the right things it will mean the right things will happen to them. There will be a great deal in life that the individual has no control over, but the fact that they are now trying to live a better life should mean that their life will get better. It is only by developing this faith in recovery that the individual is able to begin developing some serenity.

The Serenity Prayer Empowers is not only about acceptance but also about empowerment. It reminds the individual that there are many things that they will be able to change, and that they should take action when such actions will improve their life. The prayer redirects the individual’s energies away from things out of their control and towards those things that they can control.

Increased Contact with the Spiritual Many people do view recovery as a spiritual path. The Serenity Prayer reminds them that they are not taking this journey alone – they can rely on a higher force if they just have faith. When the individual hands over those things that are beyond them to a higher power it lightens their load significantly. This means that they can go forward with their journey feeling supported. The individual may not have the strength to overcome every obstacle in life, but their higher power will have this strength.

Serenity Power and Positive Thinking It suggests that the individual can have a positive impact on their future. There is a great deal of evidence to suggest that thinking positively puts the individual in a position where they are more likely to find success in life. Negative thinking (also known as stinking thinking) should be avoided in recovery because it can easily lead to relapse.

Serenity Prayer and Humility Saint Augustine advised: Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility. In order for people to find success in recovery it is vital that they develop some humility. This means that they have developed the ability to accept their own limitations and weaknesses. Humility is the opposite of arrogance. The individual makes the amazing discovery that by accepting their own weaknesses they become stronger. This is because when people are arrogant they are unable to learn anything new, and they regularly end up out of their depth because they have overestimated their abilities. There is nothing wrong with admitting weakness – in reality it is the key to success.

The Serenity Prayer in full, is actually a lot less well known, yet packs a load more punch.

The Serenity Prayer complete

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.

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