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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by CD on Today at 03:39:04 PM »
April 19 , 2014

Footwork

“So many times, addicts have sought the rewards of hard work without the labor.”

Basic Text, p. 34

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When we first came to NA, some of us wanted everything, and right away.  We wanted the serenity, the cars, the happy relationships, the friends, the closeness with our sponsor—all the things other people had gotten after months and years of working the steps and living life on life’s terms.

We learned the hard way that serenity comes only from working the steps.  A new car comes from showing up on the job every day and trying to “practice these principles in all our affairs,” including our employment.  Healthy relationships come as a result of lots of hard work and a new willingness to communicate.  Friendship with our sponsor comes as a result of reaching out during the good times as well as the bad.

In Narcotics Anonymous, we have found the path to a better way of life.  To reach our destination, however, we must do the footwork.

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Just for today:  I want a better life.  I will make an inventory of what I want, find out how to get it, talk with my sponsor about it, and do the necessary footwork.

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 Today at 03:38:01 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   4/19/14


Although romance and relationships are an important aspect of balance in our lives--it is never the solution to drinking and other drug taking. It is sometimes easier to focus on passion, rather than trudge through the steps!

I practice these principles in all my affairs, (pun intended).
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Elder's Meditation of the Day
« Last post by CD on Today at 03:37:08 PM »
Elder's Meditation of the Day      April 19 , 2014
"We all come from the same root, but the leaves are all different."   
--John Fire Lame Deer, LAKOTA
We all come from one Great Spirit but we are all different and unique. Nothing in the Great Creation has a twin that is identical. Even children that are twins are different. Every single person is extremely special and unique. Each person has a purpose and reason why they are on the Earth. Just like every leaf on a tree is different, each one is needed to make the tree look like it does. No leaf is better or worse than the other � all leaves are of equal worth and belong on the tree. It is the same with human beings. We each belong here and do things that will affect the great whole.
Great Spirit, today, let me see myself as a valuable contributor to the whole.

 
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Saturday, April 19, 2014
You are reading from the book The Language of Letting Go
Accepting Change

The winds of change blow through our life, sometimes gently, sometimes like a tropical storm. Yes, we have resting places - time to adjust to another level of living, time to get our balance, time to enjoy the rewards. We have time to catch our breath.

But change is inevitable and desirable.

Sometimes, when the winds of change begin to rustle, we're not certain the change is for the better. We may call it stress or a temporary condition, certain we'll be restored to normal. Sometimes, we resist. We tuck our head down and buck the wind, hoping that things will quickly calm down, get back to the way things were. Is it possible we're being prepared for a new normal?

Change will sweep through our life, as needed, to take us where we're going. We can trust that our Higher Power has a plan in mind, even when we don't know where the changes are leading.

We can trust that the change-taking place is good. The wind will take us where we need to go.

Today, help me, God, to let go of my resistance to change. Help me be open to the process. Help me believe that the place I'll be dropped off will be better than the place where I was picked up. Help me surrender, trust, and accept, even if I don't understand.
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 April 18, 2014, 03:14:09 PM »
April 18 , 2014

"I understand"

“We humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.”

Step Seven

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Once we are entirely ready to have our character defects removed, many of us are entirely ready!  Ironically, that’s when the trouble really starts.  The more we struggle to rid ourselves of a particular defect, the stronger that shortcoming seems to become.  It is truly humbling to realize that not only are we powerless over our addiction, but even over our own defects of character.

Finally, it clicks.  The Seventh Step doesn’t suggest that we rid ourselves of our shortcomings, but that we ask our Higher Power to rid us of them.  The focus of our daily prayers begins to shift.  Admitting our inability to perfect ourselves, we plead with our Higher Power to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.  And we wait.

For many days, our program may stay on Step Seven.  We may experience no sudden, total relief from defects—but we often do experience a subtle shift in our perceptions of ourselves and others.  Through the eyes of the Seventh Step, we begin to see those around us in a less critical way.  We know that, just like us, many of them are struggling with shortcomings they would dearly love to be rid of.  We know that, just like us, they are powerless over their own defects.  We wonder if they, too, humbly pray to have their defects removed.

We begin evaluating others as we have learned to evaluate ourselves, with an empathy born of humility.  As we watch others, and as we keep watch on ourselves, we can finally say, “I understand.”

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Just for today:  God, help me see through the eyes of Step Seven.  Help me understand.

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 April 18, 2014, 03:12:59 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    4/18/14


Don't allow anger, bitterness, and other character defects to affect your family, friends, and fellowship. It is all too easy to lash out at ones close to you who will 'understand' your hostility and give you room because you are in recovery. Treat them as you would a newcomer for they deserve as much.

Harsh words break no bones but they do break hearts.
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Elder's Meditation of the Day
« Last post by CD on April 18, 2014, 03:11:47 PM »
Elder's Meditation of the Day     April 18 , 2014
"Our people don't come in parts. Either you are Indian, or you are not."   
--Nippawanock, ARAPAHOE
We really need to take a look at how Indian People are talking about Indian People. We say there are Rez Indians, Traditional Indians, Urban Indians and Breeds. This type of thinking will keep us separated. An Indian is an Indian, a brother is a brother, a sister is a sister. We are all related. Today, let us respect ourselves and our people. Today, let me realize Indians are Indians.
Great Spirit, let me see the Unity of the People. Indians are Indians.
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Friday, April 18, 2014
You are reading from the book The Language of Letting Go
Freedom

Many of us were oppressed and victimized as children. As adults, we may continue to keep ourselves oppressed.

Some of us don't recognize that caretaking and not setting boundaries will leave us feeling victimized.

Some of us don't understand that thinking of ourselves as victims will leave us feeling oppressed.

Some of us don't know that we hold the key to our own freedom. That key is honoring ourselves, and taking care of ourselves.

We can say what we mean, and mean what we say.

We can stop waiting for others to give us what we need and take responsibility for ourselves. When we do, the gates to freedom will swing wide.

Walk through.

Today, I will understand that I hold the key to my freedom. I will stop participating in my oppression and victimization. I will take responsibility for myself, and let others do as they may.
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 April 17, 2014, 12:46:01 PM »

April 17 , 2014

Priority: meetings

“I initially felt that it would be impossible to attend more than one or two meetings a week. It just wouldn’t fit in with my busy schedule. I later learned that my priorities were [180] degrees reversed.  It was the everything else that would have to fit into my meeting schedule.”

 

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Some of us attended meetings infrequently when we first came to Narcotics Anonymous, then wondered why we couldn’t stay clean.  What we soon learned was that if we wanted to stay clean, we had to make meeting attendance our priority.

So we began again.  Following our sponsor’s suggestion, we made a commitment to attend ninety meetings in ninety days.  We identified ourselves as newcomers for our first thirty days so that others could get to know us.  At our sponsor’s direction, we stopped talking long enough to learn to listen.  We soon began to look forward to meetings.  And we began to stay clean.

Today, we attend meetings for a variety of reasons.  Sometimes we go to meetings to share our experience, strength, and hope with newer members.  Sometimes we go to see our friends.  And sometimes we go just because we need a hug.  Occasionally we leave a meeting and realize that we haven’t really heard a word that’s been said—but we still feel better.  The atmosphere of love and joy that fills our meetings has kept us clean another day.  No matter how hectic our schedule, we make meeting attendance our priority.

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Just for today:  In my heart, I know that meetings benefit me in all kinds of ways.  Today, I want what’s good for me.  I will attend a meeting.

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 April 17, 2014, 12:45:03 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   4/17/14


It is not unusual for people to say something and then consider it done. They forget to actually do it. Do not say 'I will go to more meetings; I will get a sponsor soon; I must work with newcomers, then consider it done. You must actually do these things to have them work for you.

I let go of doing life in my head.
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