When "happiness" eludes us—as eventually it always will—we have before us the invitation to examine our programmed responses, and to exercise our power to choose again. We exaggerate, confuse, and distort reality, thus causing an emotional imbalance in our families, our church, and our politics. We can learn to heal our reactive responses by seeking "emotional sobriety," which is really the task that we call contemplation.
Authentic spirituality should lead to a total "rewiring" of both our conscious lives and our unconscious, or programmed, responses. It will not just change external behaviour, but internal emotions and responses, what some call "the healing of memories."
Building on his new book, Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps, Richard Rohr gives us some guidelines and directions toward a "full" sobriety that includes body, mind, and heart.
Approximate length: 80 minutes. Also available as an MP3 download or DVD.