Step Eleven: A Daily Spiritual Practice

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You create a path of your own by looking within yourself and listening to your soul.

Step Eleven, like Step Ten, is not a step that is worked once and then forgotten. Instead, it is part of an ongoing (usually daily) ritual of recovery. That said, recovering addicts often find “prayer” and “meditation” to be somewhat baffling concepts. And some, especially those who began the recovery process as agnostics or atheists, may still be struggling with the concept of having a Higher Power at all. For these reasons (and many others), Step Eleven can be a difficult one to work. If you find yourself struggling with this step, take heart in the fact that you are very far from alone. In fact, even the most devoutly religious members of 12-step recovery groups sometimes temporarily lose their way with this step.

Just for Today: Consider multiple meanings of “Higher Power” and how each of these might impact your life.