The Gifts of Humility
Updated: Jan 24
We just hosted our recovery retreat this past weekend. We want to thank all those who were a part of the special day. Our retreat theme was “The Gifts of Humility”. So what is humility?
“Humility is perpetual quietness of heart. It is to have no trouble. It is never to be fretted or vexed, irritable or sore; to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised, it is to have a blessed home in myself where I can go in and shut the door and kneel to my Father in secret and be at peace, as in a deep sea of calmness, when all around and about is seeming trouble.” - Dr. Bob
Our ego defenses tend to cut us off from our ability to practice humility, through: Denial, rationalization, minimization, projection, dishonesty, arrogance, false pride, anger, aggression, criticism and being argumentative.
These defenses served an important purpose for us to survive our childhood by creating a false-self or distorted self-concept as it doesn’t feel safe to be humble. And we lose contact with our true self in that process and develop a number of character defects as a part of this false persona.
Humility is the key to success in recovery and comes about by balancing thoughts and feelings. Living in humility, doing things we love to do, and surrounding yourself with like-minded people is the gateway to true happiness.
We are grateful to all our participants for practicing humility and remaining open as we explored the importance of humility through self-discovery exercises, group discussion, kundalini yoga and meditation. Until next time!