The 11th Step: We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
Danny is 66 years old and a recovering addict with 29 years clean. He is a combat Vietnam Veteran who served proudly in the United States Marine Corps from 1968 to 1970 with 13 of those months in Southeast Asia. He suffers from PTSD and fought this demon for more than 40 years. Over these years fighting PTSD he has tried counseling, psychiatry, and hypnoses which have helped to some degree. Then about 4 1/2 years ago he started a practice of meditation which changed his life. At first he was skeptical, wondering how by just closing one's eyes and breathing, that this could help. When asked, he will tell you that meditating takes him to a different world where he can let go of the lies the ego tells him so he can find his true spirit. Like anything else, this takes practice and doesn't happen overnight. Danny is now taking the meditation course Palouse Mindfulness, a mindfulness-based stress reduction course to further his journey in learning and getting his certificate.