Search, no matter what situation you are in.
There is no right or wrong way to work Step 11. In fact, there are as many ways to work Step 11 as there are people who’ve done it. With spirituality, no two people’s journey is the same. That said, a few general tips may help you to find your pathway toward enlightenment.
- Make your spiritual quest a regular part of your daily routine. Set aside a specific time each day where you will not be disturbed by family, work, or other outside distractions.
- Create a ‘sacred space’ in which to conduct your daily spiritual practice. This may be something formal and elaborate such as a meditation garden, or something quite simple, such as your favorite easy chair (with the television, stereo, phone, and other potential distractions either removed or turned off).
- Develop a spiritual routine. This could include a guided meditation, a series of affirmations, a specific or nonspecific prayer, writing out a gratitude list, etc.
- If all else fails, find a spiritual mentor. Pick someone who has what you want in terms of his or her spiritual connection and do what he or she does. Eventually you will be able to adapt elements of that person’s spiritual practice into your own.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with new ideas and to alter your spiritual practice as time passes. As you continue to work Step 11, it is likely that your concept of a Higher Power will change, as will your ability to connect with that entity. Thus, your daily routine is likely to vary over time.
Task for Today
Become willing to believe in and trust a Higher Power, even if you can’t define that power.