Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Father Leo’s Daily Meditation #essentialsofrecovery


“Let there be spaces in your togetherness.”

— Kahlil Gibran

As an alcoholic I demanded love and was possessive of others. I had a selfish love that treated people as “things” — for my own satisfaction and survival. I was claustrophobic in my affection and smothered any creative love; my fear of being alone made me blackmail people with my needs and emotions.

Today I can love people while still allowing them to breathe. An important part of my program is detachment; I take responsibility for me and I allow others to take responsibility for themselves. I give the people I love space.

Sometimes I need to love a person enough to let them go. Spiritually I am beginning to understand that in order to be free, I must give freedom to others.

God, in the “spaces” of my love is the growth experienced.
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