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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by CD on October 30, 2014, 03:30:54 PM »
October 30,2014

Courage

“Our newly found faith serves as a firm foundation for courage in the future.”

Basic Text, p. 96

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Narcotics Anonymous is no place for the faint of heart!  Facing life on life’s terms without the use of drugs isn’t always easy.  Recovery requires more than hard work; it requires a liberal dose of courage.

What is courage, anyway?  A quick look at a dictionary will tell us.  We have courage when we face and deal with anything that we think of as difficult, dangerous, or painful, rather than withdrawing from it.  Courage means being brave; having a purpose; having spirit.  So what is courage, really?  Courage is an attitude, one of perseverance.

That’s what an addict in recovery really needs—perseverance.  We make that commitment to stick with our program, to avoid using, no matter what happens.  A courageous addict is one who doesn’t use, one day at a time, no matter what.

And what gives us courage?  A relationship with a Higher Power gives us the strength and the courage to stay clean.  We know that, so long as we are in our God’s care, we will have the power we need to face life on its own terms.

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Just for today: I have a Higher Power who cares for me, no matter what.  Knowing that, I will strive to have an attitude of courage today.


Copyright © 1991-2014 by Narcotics Anonymous World Services, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
« Last post by CD on October 30, 2014, 03:29:44 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    10/30/14


What you are feeling today is not the way you will always feel. Happy or sad, mad, glad, or bad, the one thing you can always count on is that everything changes.

Even though I resist change, there's no way to progress without it.
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Elder's Meditation of the Day
« Last post by CD on October 30, 2014, 03:25:21 PM »
Elder's Meditation of the Day      October 30 , 2014

"My children, you have forgotten the customs and traditions of your forefathers. ...You have bought guns, knives, kettles, and blankets from the white man until you can no longer do without them; and what is worse you have drunk the poison firewater, which turns you into fools. Fling all these things away; live as your forefathers did before you."   
--Pontiac, ODOWA
We need to think as our forefathers did. They knew the culture and the customs. The culture taught them how to live in harmony with each other. We need to think like this again. We must be God-reliant. We don't need the firewater. This liquid is very destructive to our native people. It kills our spirit. Our Indian people are happiest when we are spiritual. When we depend on anyone or anything else, we get off track. We need to talk to the Elders and find out what the old ways were. We need to ask them to teach us the culture, the tradition, and the customs. This will help us become whole again.
My Maker, guide my path as you did my ancestors.

 
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Thursday, October 30, 2014
You are reading from the book The Language of Letting Go
Self Value

We have a real life of our own. Yes, we do.

That empty feeling, that senses that everyone except us has a life - an important life, a valuable life, a better life - is a remnant from the past. It is also a self-defeating belief that is inaccurate.

We are real. So is our life. Jump into it, and we'll see.

Today, I will live my life and treasure it as mine.
From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©1990, Hazelden Foundation. All rights reserved. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in any manner without the written permission of the publisher.
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by CD on October 29, 2014, 04:31:21 PM »
October 29 , 2014

Living in the now

 “Living just for today relieves the burden of the past and the fear of the future.”

Basic Text, pp. 94

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Thoughts of how bad it was—or could be—can consume our hopes for recovery.  Fantasies of how wonderful it was—or could be—can divert us from taking action in the real world.  That’s why, in Narcotics Anonymous, we talk about living and recovering “just for today.”

In NA, we know that we can change.  We’ve come to believe that our Higher Power can restore the soundness of our minds and hearts.  The wreckage of our past can be dealt with through the steps.  By maintaining our recovery, just for today, we can avoid creating problems in the future.

Life in recovery is no fantasy.  Daydreams of how great using was or how we can use successfully in the future, delusions of how great things could be, overblown expectations that set us up for disappointment and relapse—all are stripped of their power by the program.  We seek God’s will, not our own.  We seek to serve others, not ourselves.  Our self-centeredness and the importance of how great things could or should be for us disappears.  In the light of recovery, we perceive the difference between fantasy and reality.

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Just for today: I am grateful for the principles of recovery and the new reality they’ve given me.

Copyright © 1991-2014 by Narcotics Anonymous World Services, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
« Last post by CD on October 29, 2014, 04:30:17 PM »

October 29 , 2014

Living in the now

 “Living just for today relieves the burden of the past and the fear of the future.”

Basic Text, pp. 94

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Thoughts of how bad it was—or could be—can consume our hopes for recovery.  Fantasies of how wonderful it was—or could be—can divert us from taking action in the real world.  That’s why, in Narcotics Anonymous, we talk about living and recovering “just for today.”

In NA, we know that we can change.  We’ve come to believe that our Higher Power can restore the soundness of our minds and hearts.  The wreckage of our past can be dealt with through the steps.  By maintaining our recovery, just for today, we can avoid creating problems in the future.

Life in recovery is no fantasy.  Daydreams of how great using was or how we can use successfully in the future, delusions of how great things could be, overblown expectations that set us up for disappointment and relapse—all are stripped of their power by the program.  We seek God’s will, not our own.  We seek to serve others, not ourselves.  Our self-centeredness and the importance of how great things could or should be for us disappears.  In the light of recovery, we perceive the difference between fantasy and reality.

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Just for today: I am grateful for the principles of recovery and the new reality they’ve given me.

Copyright © 1991-2014 by Narcotics Anonymous World Services, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Elder's Meditation of the Day
« Last post by CD on October 29, 2014, 04:29:27 PM »

Elder's Meditation of the Day      October 29, 2014
"Mothers must protect the lives they have helped to bring into the world."   
--Haida Gwaii, Traditional Circle of Elders
Every child is subject to the seeds each adult plants in his/her mind. If we plant praise and "you can do it", the child will grow up with certain predictable behavior patterns. If we plant ideas that there's something wrong with you or you're good for nothing, the child will grow up with predictable behavior patterns. We need to honor and respect the mothers who protect the children and plant positive seeds for their growth.
Great Spirit, bless each mother and give her courage and faith.

 
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014
You are reading from the book The Language of Letting Go
Acceptance

A magical potion is available to us today. That potion is called acceptance.

We are asked to accept many things: ourselves, as we are; our feelings, needs, desires, choices, and current status of being. Other people, as they are. The status of our relationships with them. Problems. Blessings. Financial status. Where we live. Our work, our tasks, our level of performance at these tasks.

Resistance will not move us forward, nor will it eliminate the undesirable. But even our resistance may need to be accepted. Even resistance yields to and is changed by acceptance.

Acceptance is the magic that makes change possible. It is not forever; it is for the present moment.

Acceptance is the magic that makes our present circumstances good. It brings peace and contentment and opens the door to growth, change, and moving forward.

It shines the light of positive energy on all that we have and are. Within the framework of acceptance, we figure out what we need to do to take care of ourselves.

Acceptance empowers the positive and tells God we have surrendered to the Plan. We have mastered today's lesson, and are ready to move on.

Today, I will accept. I will relinquish my need to be in resistance to my environment and myself. I will surrender. I will cultivate contentment and gratitude. I will move forward in joy by accepting where I am today.
From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©1990, Hazelden Foundation. All rights reserved. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in any manner without the written permission of the publisher.
 
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by CD on October 28, 2014, 05:25:25 PM »
October 28 , 2014

 Attitudes

“We can also use the steps to improve our attitudes.”

Basic Text, p. 55

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Ever have a day when everything seems to be working against you?  Do you go through periods when you are so busy taking people’s inventories you can barely stand yourself?  What about when you find yourself snapping at your coworker or loved one for no reason?  When we find ourselves in this bleak frame of mind, we need to take action.

At any point in the day, we can set aside a few moments and take a “spot inventory.”  We examine how we are reacting to outside situations and other people.  When we do, we may find that we are suffering from a plain old “bad attitude.”  A negative outlook can hurt our relationship with our Higher Power and the people in our lives.  When we are honest with ourselves, we frequently find that the problem lies with us and our attitude.

We have no control over the challenges life gives us.  What we can control is how we react to those challenges.  At any point in time, we can change our attitude.  The only thing that really changes in Narcotics Anonymous is us.  The Twelve Steps give us the tools to move out of the problem and into the solution.

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Just for today: Throughout the day, I will check my attitude.  I will apply the steps to improve it.

Copyright © 1991-2014 by Narcotics Anonymous World Services, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
« Last post by CD on October 28, 2014, 05:24:31 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      10/28/14


'Laughter has something in it in common with the ancient winds of faith and inspiration; it unfreezes pride and unwinds secrecy; it makes people forget themselves in the presence of something greater than themselves; something that they cannot resist.' ~G.K. Chesterton

I cannot feel sorry for myself and laugh at the same time, so I take my levity seriously.
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