Recent Posts

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 10
1
Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by CD on Today at 12:48:00 PM »
April 24 , 2014

Twelve Steps of life

“Through abstinence and through working the Twelve Steps of Narcotics Anonymous, our lives have become useful.”

Basic Text, p. 8

––––=––––

Before coming to Narcotics Anonymous, our lives were centered around using.  For the most part, we had very little energy left over for jobs, relationships, or other activities.  We served only our addiction.

The Twelve Steps of Narcotics Anonymous provide a simple way to turn our lives around.  We start by staying clean, a day at a time.  When our energy is no longer channeled into our addiction, we find that we have the energy to pursue other interests.  As we grow in recovery, we become able to sustain healthy relationships.  We become trustworthy employees.  Hobbies and recreation seem more inviting.  Through participation in Narcotics Anonymous, we help others.

Narcotics Anonymous does not promise us that we will find good jobs, loving relationships, or a fulfilling life.  But when we work the Twelve Steps to the best of our ability, we find that we can become the type of people who arecapable of finding employment, sustaining loving relationships, and helping others.  We stop serving our disease, and begin serving God and others.  The Twelve Steps are the key to transforming our lives.

––––=––––

Just for today:  I will have the wisdom to use the Twelve Steps in my life, and the courage to grow in my recovery.  I will practice my program to become a responsible, productive member of society.

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

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2
Meditations and ponderings / Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
« Last post by CD on Today at 12:46:56 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   4/24/14


Recovery is not the absence of conflict but the ability to cope with it.

My recovery comes from new daily habits I form in seconds, minutes, and hours of simple Twelve-Step living.
3
Meditations and ponderings / Re: Elder's Meditation of the Day
« Last post by CD on Today at 12:45:43 PM »
Elder's Meditation of the Day     April 24 , 2014
"Each person's prayers can help everyone."   
--Thomas Yellowtail, CROW
Prayer is our entrance into the Unseen World. It is by prayer we can call upon the powers and laws of the Great Spirit. The Spirit World has powers and laws that are different from the Physical World. The spiritual laws allow healing to take place; they allow forgiveness to occur; they cause miracles to happen; they cause hate to disappear; they heal broken relationships; they guide every moment of our lives; they allow us to love even when it's hard. Prayer allows us access to the Spirit World.
Creator, teach me to pray.

 
4
Thursday, April 24, 2014
You are reading from the book The Language of Letting Go
Lessons on the Job

Often, the spiritual and recovery lessons we're learning at work reflect the lessons we're learning in other areas of our life.

Often, the systems we're attracted to in our working life are similar to the systems in which we find ourselves living and loving. Those are the systems that reflect our issues and can help us learn our lessons.

Are we slowly learning to trust ourselves at work? How about at home? Are we slowly learning to take care of ourselves at work? How about at home? Are we slowly learning boundaries and self-esteem, overcoming fear, and dealing with feelings?

If we search back over our work history, we will probably see that it is a mirror of our issues, our growth. It most likely is now too.

For today, we can believe that we are right where we need to be - at home and at work.

Today, I will accept my present circumstances on the job. I will reflect on how what I am learning in my life applies to what I'm learning at work. If I don't know, I will surrender to the experience until that becomes clear. God, help me accept the work I have been given to do today. Help me be open to and learn what I need to be learning. Help me trust that it can and will be good.
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.
 
5
Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by CD on April 23, 2014, 08:32:06 PM »

April 23 , 2014

A God of our own understanding

“Many of us understand God to be simply whatever force keeps us clean.”

Basic Text, p. 25

––––=––––

Some of us enter recovery with a working understanding of a Higher Power.  For a lot of us, however, “God” is a troublesome word.  We may doubt the existence of any sort of Power greater than ourselves.  Or we may remember uncomfortable experiences with religion and shy away from “the God stuff.”

Starting over in recovery means we can start over in our spiritual life, too.  If we’re not comfortable with what we learned when we were growing up, we can try a different approach to our spirituality.  We don’t have to understand everything all at once or find the answers to all our questions right away.  Sometimes it’s enough just to know that other NA members believe and that their belief helps keep them clean.

––––=––––

Just for today:  All I have to know right now about my Higher Power is that it is the Power that helps keep me clean.

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

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
6
Meditations and ponderings / Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
« Last post by CD on April 23, 2014, 07:28:03 PM »
April 23 , 2014

A God of our own understanding

“Many of us understand God to be simply whatever force keeps us clean.”

Basic Text, p. 25

––––=––––

Some of us enter recovery with a working understanding of a Higher Power.  For a lot of us, however, “God” is a troublesome word.  We may doubt the existence of any sort of Power greater than ourselves.  Or we may remember uncomfortable experiences with religion and shy away from “the God stuff.”

Starting over in recovery means we can start over in our spiritual life, too.  If we’re not comfortable with what we learned when we were growing up, we can try a different approach to our spirituality.  We don’t have to understand everything all at once or find the answers to all our questions right away.  Sometimes it’s enough just to know that other NA members believe and that their belief helps keep them clean.

––––=––––

Just for today:  All I have to know right now about my Higher Power is that it is the Power that helps keep me clean.

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

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The following information is a reminder of your curren
7
Meditations and ponderings / Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
« Last post by CD on April 23, 2014, 07:26:46 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       4/23/14


'Smile facts: It is 2.5 times easier to smile than to frown. It takes 43 muscles to frown, but only 17 to smile. Smiling stimulates our nervous system to produce cerebral morphine.' This hormone give us a pleasant feeling and it has an anesthetic effect. ~Karlynn Baker Scharlau, A Thoughtful Moment

When I meet someone today who isn't wearing a smile, I give them mine.
8
Meditations and ponderings / Re: Elder's Meditation of the Day
« Last post by CD on April 23, 2014, 07:25:26 PM »
Elder's Meditation of the Day        April 23 , 2014
"The real meaning of life is your family, the love that you have, the respect, the traditional ways, and carrying on with them."   
--Ethel Wilson, COWICHAN
The family is the seed of the future. The family is the key to the transfer of cultural information. We should really take a look at how we are looking at our families. Are we treating each family member with respect? Are we passing on the traditional ways? Are we teaching the old songs? Are we participating in the ceremonies? Are we showing the family members how to pray? Are we encouraging each family member to be spiritual? Think about these things today.
My Creator, today, let me show respect to each family member.
9
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
You are reading from the book The Language of Letting Go
Opening Ourselves to Love

Allowing ourselves to receive love is one of the greatest challenges we face in recovery.

Many of us have blocked ourselves from receiving love. We may have lived with people who used love to control us. They would be there for us, but at the high price of our freedom. Love was given, or withheld, to control us and have power over us. It was not safe for us to receive love from these people. We may have gotten accustomed to not receiving love, not acknowledging our need for love, because we lived with people who had no real love to give.

At some point in recovery, we acknowledge that we, too, want and need to be loved. We may feel awkward with this need. Where do we go with it? What do we do? Who can give us love? How can we determine who is safe and who isn't? How can we let others care for us without feeling trapped, abused, frightened, and unable to care for ourselves?

We will learn. The starting point is surrendering to our desire to be loved, our need to be nurtured and loved. We will grow confident in our ability to take care of ourselves with people. We will feel safe enough to let people care for us; we will grow to trust our ability to choose people who are safe and who can give us love.

We may need to get angry first - angry that our needs have not been met. Later, we can become grateful to those people who have shown us what we don't want, the ones who have assisted us in the process of believing we deserve love, and the ones who come into our life to love us.

We are opening up like flowers. Sometimes it hurts as the petals push open. Be glad. Our heart is opening up to the love that is and will continue to be there for us.

Surrender to the love that is there for us, to the love that people, the Universe, and our Higher Power send our way.

Surrender to love, without allowing people to control us or keep us from caring for ourselves. Start by surrendering to love for yourself.

Today, I will open myself to the love that is here for me. I will let myself receive love that is safe, knowing I can take care of myself with people. I will be grateful to all the people from my past who have assisted me in my process of opening up to love. I claim, accept, and am grateful for the love that is coming to me.
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.
 
10
Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by CD on April 22, 2014, 10:57:05 AM »

April 22 , 2014

Traveling the open road

“This is our road to spiritual growth.”

Basic Text, p. 37

––––=––––

When we arrived at our first NA meeting, it looked like the end of the road to many of us.  We weren’t going to be able to use anymore.  We were spiritually bankrupt.  Most of us were totally isolated and didn’t think we had much to live for.  Little did we realize that, as we began our program of recovery, we were stepping onto a road of unlimited possibilities.

At first, just not using was tough enough.  Yet, as we watched other addicts working the steps and applying those principles in their lives, we began to see that recovery was more than just not using.  The lives of our NA friends had changed.  They had a relationship with the God of their understanding.  They were responsible members of the fellowship and of society.  They had a reason to live.  We began to believe these things were possible for us, too.

As we continue our recovery journey, we can get sidetracked by complacency, intolerance, or dishonesty.  When we do, we need to recognize the signs quickly and get back on our path—the open road to freedom and growth.

––––=––––

Just for today: I am continuing to develop my spiritual, social, and general living skills by applying the principles of my program.  I can travel as far as I wish on the open road of recovery.

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

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 10