Is Spiritual Recovery Necessary? – Dr. Lisa Ortigara Crego

Is Spiritual Recovery Necessary?

I am not my thoughts, emotions, sense perceptions and experiences.

I am not the content of my life.

I am life.

I am the space in which all things happen.

I am consciousness. I am the Now.

I Am.

~ Eckhart Tolle

It’s no secret to anyone familiar with my work, I’m not a fad chaser. I’m not one to jump on the bandwagon with the newest and best anything.

I dance to my own beat and stick with what I know to be true from my perspective. It seems to date, anything spiritual—God-like—is not in fashion. The areas of interest in my work revolve around mind, body, and spirit—with food addiction as the center core.

What is spirituality?

It is a constant companion of spiritual presence through trials and tribulations. It answers questions—often not posed—when everything is dark.

Spirituality is the hug from God when you feel alone. It is His strength when you feel weak. True, this “thing” called spirituality is not tangible, but ever-present when you open your heart and receive it.

Spirituality shows no bias and no preference and is available to anyone who seeks. Not being in spiritual recovery the sun no longer shines and the birds are silent – you drown in despair so alone gasping for relief—any relief to stop the pain—an innate gnawing sense something is not right within.

For the food addict, to not be in spiritual presence is as powerful as to be—but on an insane track, hiding food in your purse, closet, drawers and filling up to your eye balls with—stomach distended—dying within and without.

Ocean Paradise

Spirituality is a term that is impossible to define because each individual acts his or her spiritual-self differently. Spiritual sacredness is a personal, internal vision – a part of the self that refers to faith in something greater and more profound than self.

Faith is not necessarily in the context of organized religion, but rather as how one perceives their own connection with a force higher than themselves. In my writings, spirituality best fits to an internal exploration rather than to objective reasoning.

Spirituality, Recovery, and Psychotherapy

As a clinician I carefully travel down the road of spirituality, recovery, and psychotherapy. If the person’s spiritual sense is revealed to me I will open a discussion but if not I leave it alone. I am trained and experienced in the “techniques” and “tools” of psychology and psychotherapy after 23 years in the business but I think these tools are just that—tools.

For sure the real healing takes place with a combination of the psychological and psychotherapy tools combined and armed with spiritual tools. But these tools are only available with the willingness and the openness to allow that power greater than self to intervene.

It’s surely possible to treat patients with psychological tools during psychotherapy but it’s missing a link—sort of like a four legged chair balancing on three legs—not so sturdy.

Connecting to Nature

So, though I’m not keen on the newest fashion, fad diet or whatever the “in” thing is, I am a fan of living in the conscious space of now, as Eckhart Tolle describes in the above quote. I am awakened to anything spiritual—God-like—though it seems not in fashion. My areas of interest in my work and in my life revolve around mind, body, and spirit—with food addiction as the center core.

What do you think? Are you a fan of spiritual awakening? Do you live in the now? Did I leave something out? I’d love to hear from you…

Stay tuned…you never know where my mind will wander…

Hugs to you—I care!

Dr. Lisa

About the Author Lisa Ortigara Crego

Speaker, writer, licensed clinical psychotherapist, PhD in addiction psychology, eating disorder professional, hypnotherapist changing the view about compulsive eating one addict at a time.

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