Are you struggling with your job and having problems taking care of your children or maintaining a good relationship with your spouse? Dr. Robin says that often when someone's career is in shambles and their personal life is a mess, they turn to buying material goods or overindulging on drugs and alcohol for comfort. "Trying to fit in and trying to fix something that aches in your spirit with clothes, with money, with fancy cars, with drugs…it simply never works," she says. "You can't take something from the world and think it can soothe some wound on your spirit."
Eventually, Dr. Robin says you may lose custody of your children or lose your job or spouse and that is a wake-up call you cannot ignore. "All of the sudden, because your life is in danger…the [universe] will do whatever it takes to make sure that you hear it and hear it now," she says. Acknowledging a major wake-up call and leaving the path of self-destruction behind is the first step toward healing your spirit, and Dr. Robin says that's when you can start the process of reclaiming your life.
Printed from Oprah.com on Wednesday, December 11, 2013