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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by CD on January 29, 2015, 03:13:39 PM »
January 29 , 2015

The First Step—an action step

“Do we understand that we have no real control over drugs?”

Basic Text, p. 18

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At first, many of us may have thought the First Step required no action—we just surrender and go on to Step Two.  But Step One does require action!

The action we take in the First Step will be evident in the way we live, even from our first day clean.  If we truly believe that we are powerless over our addiction, we will not choose to be around drugs.  To continue to live with or associate with practicing addicts may indicate a reservation in our program.  An absolute belief that the First Step applies to us will insure that we clear our homes of all drugs and paraphernalia.

As time goes on, we’ll not only continue with the basics but add new actions to our First Step repertoire.  We’ll learn to feel our feelings rather than trying to control them.  We’ll stop trying to be our own and only guides on our recovery journey; self-sponsorship will cease.  We’ll begin looking to a Power greater than ourselves more and more for spiritual satisfaction rather than trying to fill that void with something else.

Surrender is only the beginning.  Once we surrender, we need to learn how to live in the peace we have found.

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Just for today:  I will take all the action necessary to practice the First Step.  I truly believe it applies to me.

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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
« Last post by CD on January 29, 2015, 03:12:20 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      1/29/15


If something is right, it can be done. If it is wrong, it can be done without.

I can do that!
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Elder's Meditation of the Day
« Last post by CD on January 29, 2015, 03:11:13 PM »
Elder's Meditation of the Day      January 29 , 2015
"We grieve more because we have been disconnected from our earth, our first Mother, our spiritual Mother."   
--Larry P. Aitken, CHIPPEWA
Where does all life come from? The Earth. Where does everything return to? The Earth. Where do values come from? The Earth. Many people are lost because they don't know the importance of connection to the Earth. They connect to money, to relationships, to success, to goals. When we are disconnected from the Earth, we have feelings of being sad or lost. When we are connected to the Earth, we feel warm and secure.
Great Spirit, help me to stay connected to the Mother Earth.
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Thursday, January 29, 2015
You are reading from the book The Language of Letting Go
Going to Meetings

I am still amazed, after years of recovering, at how easily I can begin to talk myself out of attending meetings. I am also still amazed at how good I feel when I go.
—Anonymous

We don't have to stay stuck in our misery and discomfort. An immediate option is available that will help us feel better: go to a meeting, a Twelve Step support group.

Why resist what can help us feel better? Why sit in our obsession or depression when attending a meeting - even if that means an extra meeting - would help us feel better?

Too busy?
There are 168 hours in each week. Taking one or two hours a week for a meeting can maximize the potential of the remaining 166 hours. If we get into our "codependent stuff," we can easily spend a majority of our waking hours obsessing, sitting and doing nothing, lying in bed and feeling depressed, or chasing after other people's needs. Not taking those two hours for a meeting can cause us to waste the remaining hours.

Too tired?
There is nothing as invigorating as getting back on track. Going to a meeting can accomplish that.

Today, I will remember that going to meetings helps.
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 January 28, 2015, 03:57:32 PM »
January 28 , 2015

An every-day addict

“We can never fully recover, no matter how long we stay clean.”

Basic Text, p. 84

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After getting a little time in the program, some of us begin to think we have been cured.  We’ve learned everything NA has to teach us; we’ve grown bored with the meetings; and our sponsor keeps droning the same old refrain:  “The steps—the steps—the steps!”  We decide it is time to get on with our lives, cut way back on meetings, and try to make up for the years we have lost to active addiction.  We do this, however, at the peril of our recovery.

Those of us who have relapsed after such an episode often try to go to as many meetings as we can—some of us go to a meeting every day for several years.  It may take that long for us to understand that we will always be addicts.  We may feel well some days and sick on other days, but we are addicts every day.  At any time, we are subject to delusion, denial, rationalization, justification, insanity—all the hallmarks of the typical addict’s way of thinking.  If we want to continue living and enjoying life without the use of drugs, we must practice an active program of recovery each day.

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Just for today:  I am an addict every day, but today I have the choice to be a recovering addict.  I will make that choice by practicing my program.

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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
« Last post by CD on January 28, 2015, 03:56:18 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       1/28/15


Many meetings, many chances; few meetings, few chances; no meetings, no chances.

The trouble with staying home and isolating is I get a lot of bad advice.
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Elder's Meditation of the Day
« Last post by CD on January 28, 2015, 03:55:02 PM »
Elder's Meditation of the Day      January 28 , 2015
"We call it the `sacred' red road because it is the road that will lead us to living the good life, an honest and healthy life."   
--Larry P. Aitken, CHIPPEWA
The Red Road is the path we walk on when we want a direct relationship with the Great Spirit. This requires sacrifice. This requires us to have our beliefs tested. To walk this path is really an honor. The returns for doing so are exciting, not only for ourselves but for the effect that will be felt for three generations. This means your children will see the benefits as well as your grandchildren. Do I want to walk this sacred road?
Great Spirit, guide myself and my family on the Red Road.

 
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
You are reading from the book The Language of Letting Go
Staying in the Present Moment

Often, one of our biggest questions is "What's going to happen?" We may ask this about our relationships, our career, our recovery, and our life. It is easy to tangle us up in worrisome thoughts.

Worrying about what's going to happen blocks us from functioning effectively today. It keeps us from doing our best now. It blocks us from learning and mastering today's lessons. Staying in the now, doing our best, and participating fully today are all we need to do to assure ourselves that what's going to happen tomorrow will be for the best.

Worrying about what's going to happen is a negative contribution to our future. Living in the here and now is ultimately the best thing we can do, not only for today, but also for tomorrow. It helps our relationships, our career, our recovery, and our life.

Things will work out, if we let them. If we must focus on the future other than to plan, all we need to do is affirm that it will be good.

I pray for faith that my future will be good if I live today well, and in peace. I will remember that staying in the present is the best thing I can do for my future. I will focus on what's happening now instead of what's going to happen tomorrow.
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 January 27, 2015, 10:53:12 AM »
January 27 , 2015

Learning how to live again

“We learn new ways to live.  We are no longer limited to our old ideas.”

Basic Text, p. 56

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We may or may not have been taught right from wrong and other basics of life as children.  No matter, by the time we found recovery, most of us had only the vaguest idea of how to live.  Our isolation from the rest of society had caused us to ignore basic human responsibilities and develop bizarre survival skills to cope with the world we lived in.

Some of us didn’t know how to tell the truth; others were so frank we wounded everyone we talked to.  Some of us couldn’t cope with the simplest of personal problems, while others attempted solving the problems of the whole world.  Some of us never got angry, even when receiving unfair treatment; others busily lodged complaints against everyone and everything.

Whatever our problems, no matter how extreme, we all have a chance in Narcotics Anonymous to learn how to live anew.  Perhaps we need to learn kindness and how to care about others.  Perhaps we need to accept personal responsibilities.  Or maybe we need to overcome fear and take some risks.  We can be certain of one thing:  Each day, simply by living life, we’ll learn something new.

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Just for today:  I know more about how to live than I did yesterday, but not as much as I’ll know tomorrow.  Today, I’ll learn something new.

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Copyright © 1991-2015 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 January 27, 2015, 10:52:18 AM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote          1/27/15


Witness the miracle of recovery happening for others, and you come to believe that this miracle can happen for you as well. Look at the miracles around you, one month off drugs, three years, 20 years or more. You are surrounded by living miracles.

I do not believe in miracles, I rely on them.
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