The 12 Steps of Recovery as practiced at The Family Foundation School emphasize the importance of spirituality: of connecting with a Higher Power, with the God of our understanding.
We know that those who succeed in recovery are those who can replace their addictive substances or behaviors with a working faith. Our goal is to help students develop that kind of faith by helping them explore their spiritual side and discover a Higher Power that is uniquely their own.
For years students here did this during morning chapel services conducted by clergy. Today students spend an hour a day exploring spirituality in a way that works best for them: religious services, silent meditation, guided meditation, or community service.
RELIGIOUS SERVICES – The most traditional way of expanding one’s spirituality is through formal worship with others. Many students are most comfortable in this setting following a familiar ritual. Throughout the week services are conducted in the chapel by Catholic, Jewish and Protestant clergy. The schedule also includes a Muslim study group.
QUIET MEDITATION – All spiritual traditions use meditative practices to shift one’s awareness from outer-directed activities (observing, analyzing, discriminating, deciding, accomplishing) to a more peaceful, silent state. The ultimate goal of quiet meditation is to grow spiritually by experiencing the presence of the divine.
GUIDED MEDITATION – The purpose of guided meditation might be to promote healing, self-improvement, or to develop positive traits like compassion or forgiveness. All religious traditions utilize guided meditation to help their followers connect with a Higher Power. Options in this track for students include mindfulness meditation, yoga meditation, an 11th step meditation and embodied active imagination.
COMMUNITY SERVICE – All religious and spiritual traditions agree that service with no thought of reward and no attachment to results is the culmination of spiritual life. Service can awaken us and help us awaken others to salvation. It is inherently joyful and gives us the opportunity to use our daily tasks and activities for spiritual practice and growth. Service can be performed for our community or the world, or we can offer it to God as a way of expressing and fulfilling divine will.
We believe that the spiritual development of our students is every bit as important as their mental pursuits and physical activities, and that the constant interplay of body, mind and spirit means we can’t affect one without affecting the other.
To keep abreast of the various activities of the spiritual communities at The Family Foundation School, visit The Family School Spirit.