Week Four: Saturday Summary

The Whole Person Blog: Week Four, Day Six, Part 1/2 - Saturday Summary

Writings inspired by Fr. Richard Rohr: Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps

Video presentation based on the book here

Saturday, January 25th, 2020

I've read about the Twelve Steps several times, but writing about it is helping me see it in new ways. I'm really coming to appreciate the beauty of WHY it works, and that's because transformation is built into its sequence: humility--> faith --> surrender --> honesty --> trust--> willingness. The first step requiring the admittance of powerlessness fully removes the ego from the driver's seat, positioning the soul to begin healing. Then, immediately filling that empty space, the ego once occupied with a Higher Power is genius. Of course, nothing less than the Creator of all things is prepared to serve as an Anchor, supporting an addict through the bumpy road of recovery. Add in a fearless moral inventory, admitting the nature of your wrongs, and allowing God to remove your defects of character–and you've facilitated an environment conducive to rebuilding one's life. And this is only the first six steps!


  • I've had several new people sign up for my online course: The Whole Person Project. The message of rediscovering who you were before you were wounded (peaceful, loving, and joyous) helps people immediately connect to the infinite and unlimited parts of themselves. I've recorded a new video, sharing how it works. Some people are going to transform; I hope you can join us.

  • Someone very close to me has been grieving the loss of a loved one, and I've been able to support them in a way they've never allowed me to before. I've been able to remind him his pain is proportionate to the love he had for her, that energy is never destroyed and only changes form, and the best way to honor himself and relationship would be to allow himself to feel all of his feelings.

  • I recently began a coffee fast to restore my natural rhythms without reliance upon external substances to sustain me. I LOVE coffee, especially when made in a french press or a Chemex, and will continue enjoying it at some point soon. This fast is an expression of my values for balance, authenticity, and self-control.


Sunday: Powerlessness

We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.

Monday: Desperate Desiring (*most views)

Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

Tuesday: Sweet Surrender

Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

Wednesday: A Good Lamp

Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

Thursday: Accountability IS Sustainability (*tied for most likes)

Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

Friday: The Chicken or the Egg (*tied for most likes)

Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.



Surprisingly, many people operate as if their emotions have a mind of their own, showing up unwelcomed, and hoping they won't stay for long. Even worst, believing they have to befriend their emotions so they won't suffer so badly. The next time you find yourself experiencing a painful emotion (fear, anxiety, sadness, anger, envy, etc.), pause and ask yourself: What story am I telling myself that's causing me to feel this way? Emotions are the byproduct of stories we tell ourselves, and thankfully, we can learn to tell ourselves better stories.


Last week, Michael and I introduced the concept of a Movement-Based Lifestyle®, as an opportunity to engage your physicality without having to go to the gym. This week, we explore one of our favorite activities, as an expression of our value for playfulness, vitality, and relationality.


The human spirit is the life force and energy that flows through us, and you'll find it in one of two states: encouraged or discouraged. Encouragement is a powerful tool for enhancing your spiritual condition, as well as the condition of those around you. You need not look any further than within yourself to discover an abundance of authentic encouragement that doesn't rely on performance or reassurance to encounter eternal joy.


Next week, I will continue exploring the second half of Breathing Under Water, by Richard Rohr.


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