A Spiritual Place to Begin Each Day

February 28, 2020

 

Have you ever experienced the fright of feeling “unmoored,” that sensation that leaves a person confused and without a sense of being anchored in identity and reality?

 

I know that I’ve felt unmoored at times in my life, usually during times of extreme stress. One example of such a stressful circumstance that seemed to break me from reality (at least occasionally) was the prescription drug withdrawal I experienced after quitting Paxil and Xanax following fourteen years of use for anxiety. Antidepressant withdrawal and benzodiazepine withdrawal can leave a man searching for connection.

 

Also, periods of financial, professional, or interpersonal stress have left me feeling adrift and scared at various times.

 

However, there have been other stressful situations in my life that actually seemed to bring increased clarity to my thinking and a strengthened sense of identity (and even the abovementioned situations eventually gave way to this). And that clarity usually resulted from being forced to lean more heavily on the things that truly mattered to me: my family, my dreams, and my God.

 

 

 

Too often we complicate life for ourselves. We allow our attention to be pulled in a million distracted directions until we don’t know who we are or what we’re about anymore. And when that happens, we have no choice left but to simplify, take a deep breath, and redirect. Stress forces us to simplify.

 

When we find ourselves under fire, we have no choice but to narrow our focus until we are only looking at the things that are comforting and necessary. So how can we simplify? Well, one way is by blocking out worldly distractions and focusing on our spiritual life.

 

For me, a meaningful spiritual life is something that not only gives meaning to each day, but it is also something that gives me a stronger sense of identity when the days get confusing.

 

My spiritual life as a Christian reminds me where I came from and tells me where I’m eventually going. It gives me a roadmap and an anchoring presence for each day.

 

Do you have that anchoring presence in your life? If not I urge you to seek it this year, and if feel that you already do have it, I urge you to get closer to it this year.

 

 

In Matthew 7 verses 24-27, Jesus says:“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.

 

“And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

 

I think we’ve all experienced the floods and winds of life that Jesus talks about: health problems, surprise home or car expenses, abandonment, betrayal, loss. So the question then is, do we have an anchor and a rock during such times? Do we have a strong spiritual foundation that can keep us from feeling “unmoored”?

 

We all need a rock on which to build our existence (the “home” of our body and spirit), and this applies to both our big-picture goals and our daily lives. One way in which I build my daily “home” is by beginning each and every day with devotion, prayer, and journaling. This gives me a solid platform from which to pursue my goals and relationships, and it gives me a safe haven to return to during times of stress (which seem to come in some shape every day).

 

As you pursue your goals this year—whether those goals be health-related, finance-related, job-related, or relational—do it from a solid spiritual foundation that you work to make a little stronger each day. This will help to reduce anxiety. This will help to keep you anchored. This will help you to find a stronger sense of safety and identity.

 

Michael Priebe is a writer and personal development coach who has studied psychology, literature, and print journalism. He holds a journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he graduated with honors. and over the years he has used both fiction and nonfiction formats to write about health, sports, professional life, politics, relationships, and spiritual issues. He puts out a variety of spiritually inspiring content at The Lovely Grind, and he blogs about his life at www.michaelpriebewriter.com. He invites you to find out more about his life coaching here, and he hopes you'll reach out to him on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Show Me the Way of Life 

 

Based on the powerful poetry of the Psalms, Show Me the Way of Life offers fourteen daily devotions for those going through benzodiazepine withdrawal and/or antidepressant withdrawal. These devotions help readers to stay spiritually connected while finding emotional and mental relief from antidepressant withdrawal and/or benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms.

 

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I Call You Friend

 

Based on the powerful & comforting Gospel words of Jesus, these fourteen daily devotions offer peace, perspective, and healing to those who are going through antidepressant withdrawal and/or benzodiazepine withdrawal. The messages in this book allow readers to find spiritual connection while helping to ease the mental and emotional symptoms of SSRI withdrawal and/or benzodiazepine withdrawal.

 

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Lead Me Beside Still Waters

 

Based on the powerful poetry of the Psalms, Lead Me Beside Still Waters of Life offers fourteen daily devotions for those going through benzodiazepine withdrawal and/or antidepressant withdrawal. These devotions help readers to stay spiritually connected while finding emotional and mental relief from antidepressant withdrawal and/or benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms. 

 

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More Than a Glimpse of Hell

 

What was my life like during my Paxil Withdrawal and my Xanax withdrawal? What lessons did I learn as I healed? In this book I offer candid word portraits of my daily life during withdrawal. I show readers how I struggled to manage my many symptoms, how I dealt with frustrating doctor's appointments, how I kept my job, how I maintained my family relationships, how I made sense of my newly resurfaced emotions, and ultimately how I found the courage and motivation I needed to secure healing and happiness.

 

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PREMIUM VIDEOS ABOUT WITHDRAWAL & HEALING

 

 

"The Healing Power of Thinking Outside the Box" (Video)

 

 

The Healing Power of Thinking Outside the Box 

 

Antidepressant/benzodiazepine withdrawal is a unique challenge, and so it stands to reason that our approach to healing from that withdrawal must be unique as well. After taking Paxil & Xanax for nearly 15 years I decided to stop the medications, and the resulting withdrawal and healing process, while difficult, taught me important lessons about finding better health and happiness. In this video I discuss the dangerous groupthink that exists in the health-care and withdrawal communities, and I go on to talk about the importance of independent thinking when it comes to healing. If you're ready to find better health and greater measures of healing, then check out this new video is my Outside the Box Healing series!

 

 

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There are a lot of confusing and conflicting opinions out there regarding the things we ought to do or ought not to do in order to find healing from antidepressant withdrawal and benzodiazepine withdrawal. While I myself don't subscribe to a rigid list of "Dos and Don'ts" regarding healing, I do believe that there is one thing that everyone going through withdrawal needs to avoid! Find out what that one thing is in this new video from my Outside the Box Healing series!

 

WORKDAY DEVOTIONALS

 

The Uncommon Grind

 

Are you seeking ways to better cope with the stress and hectic pace of the daily grind? Are you seeking greater meaning and fulfillment out of it all? The Uncommon Grind: Spiritual Motivation for Workdays offers readers fifteen daily workday devotional messages meant to aid spiritual growth, personal development, and professional fulfillment. Each message includes two applicable Scripture verses, a discussion of a particular professional/workday challenge, and a motivational idea meant to spur personal growth. Readers will love this new e-book from Michael Priebe, author of The Lovely Grind: Spiritual Inspiration for Workdays. 

 

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CONTACT ME ABOUT COACHING

 

 

If you or someone you know is struggling to survive the pain and confusion of prescription drug withdrawal or chronic stress, I would like to offer my coaching services. Stress can suck the joy out of life, and the withdrawal process can be challenging (I know from experience). However, with the proper tools and mindset, these things can be survived and even used for greater growth. If you or someone you care about is trying to quit antidepressant or benzodiazepine medications (or simply trying to reduce stress levels), please click here to email me about coaching options and availability.

 

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