Cruising into Spirituality
By Father Leo Booth

I don't know about you but my recovery has not always been integrated into my workaholism - it's still very hard for me to take time off and "smell the roses".  The way I deal with this problem is I schedule my vacations in advance, usually at the beginning of the year.

My staff at Spiritual Concepts has always been most grateful in arranging this because it is in their best interest: it really is no fun having a boss who is tired, crabby, complaining and feeling sorry for himself. Never did I fully realize the real-life implications of my boyhood favorite poem by W.H. Davies

"What is this life
If full of care
We have no time
To stand and stare . . .
It's a poor life this
If full of care
We have no time
To stand and stare!"

For the last few years I've made sure that I have a vacation, a change in venue and schedule, putting my spiritual body in a beautiful and restful place. England, Germany, Malaysia and Sea Island (Georgia) come to mind. Every year I go to England . . . sometimes I get to visit my home twice. It was with this in mind that I developed the concept of the "Say Yes To Life Cruise Conference". I realized that I'm not the only recovering person who needed to address their workaholism, or maybe just finding it difficult to be good to myself: "Smell the roses".

The "Say Yes To Life Cruise" is really a laid-back vacation - also nestled neatly within the package is a daily attitude of gratitude (optional) and 12 hours of spiritual lectures and workshops around the theme "Hello Creative Spirituality - Goodbye Negative Thinking". But the fun, relaxation and creative energy is made possible by the attendees who come from all over the country . . . world. This year I will be joined by my niece from England and friends from Germany and wherever.

The dream of recovery people, or people who are on their spiritual (not religious) journey, people struggling with loneliness and loss, or single people and couples who want to meet new and exciting people for seven days where everything is done for you: no cooking, cleaning, planning or arranging . . . all you need do is show up.  The rest is a gift. At the end of the day we all gather for the cruise entertainment show (a different one every night) and some of us gather to create our own festivities in the Kar-a-okee lounge.

I use the cruise to wind down (even though I'm giving the lectures) - exercising, steam-rooming, and enjoying (in moderation) beautiful and exotic food. I even find time to play Blackjack in the casino! Hey, what the hell, I'm Episcopal!

My spiritual path has taught me that I need to take responsibility for creating joy, relaxation and excitement in my life. My co-dependent self waits for others to entertain me.  There is so much in this world to see, but I must get out there and see it. There are so many people to meet, but I need to extend the hand of friendship.  There is so much to learn, but I am required to place my body in the area of influence.

"What is this life
If full of care
We have no time
To stand and stare."

The "Say Yes To Life Cruise" is about standing in the process of an evolving spirituality and staring at the beauty of the Great Spirit. Religion at its worse told us to escape the world through penance, rules and self-containment; spiritually encourages us to embrace this world with gratitude, freedom and self-empowerment.

I hope I have excited you enough to give yourself the gift of the "Say Yes To Life Cruise".  I promise, you will not be disappointed. Call my Travel Agent, Laurie, who is arranging this l998 Cruise to the Bahamas at (800) 678-8785. Or call my office (800) 284-2804 if you want more information on what I shall be doing (or not doing!!) and let's have fun. Life is to be lived. Something unique and wonderful is awaiting you!


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