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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by CD on October 19, 2014, 04:46:43 PM »

October 19  , 2014

Standing for something

“...we could feel time, touch reality, and recognize spiritual values long lost to many of us.”

Basic Text, p. 88

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In our active addiction, we were prepared to compromise everything we believed in just to get our hands on more drugs.  Whether we stole from our families and friends, sold ourselves, or lied to our employers, we were ignoring the values that mattered most to us.  Each time we compromised another dearly held belief, another chunk of the mortar holding our characters together fell away.  By the time many of us came to our first meeting, nothing was left but the ruin of our former selves.

We will locate our lost values as we carry out our first honest self-examination.  But in order to rebuild our characters, we’ll find it necessary to maintain those values, no matter how great the temptation to shove them aside.  We will need to be honest, even when we think we could fool everyone by lying.  If we ignore our values, we’ll discover that the biggest fibs we’ve told have been the ones we’ve told ourselves.

We don’t want to start the demolition of our spirits again after all the work we’ve put into their restoration.  It’s essential that we stand for something, or we risk falling for anything.  Whatever we find important to us, we honor.

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Just for today: I stand for something.  My strength is the result of living my values.


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 19, 2014, 04:45:26 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      10/19/14


In order to forgive, you have to have blamed.

I don't have to forgive people, places, and things, if I don't blame people, places, and things.
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Elder's Meditation of the Day
« Last post by CD on October 19, 2014, 04:44:18 PM »
Elder's Meditation of the Day      October 19 , 2014
"The teachings are for all, not just for Indians... The white people never wanted to learn before. They thought we were savages. Now they have a different understanding, and they do want to learn. We are all children of God. The tradition is open to anyone who wants to learn."   
--Don Jose Matusuwa, HUICHOL
In the summer of 1994, a white buffalo calf was born. This means that now is the time for all races to come together. The Elders say that at this time a voice from within will speak to everyone. It will say now is the time to forgive, now is the time to come together. Are we willing to do this? Are we willing to quit judging other people? The Elders say, He will be talking through people of all races and gender. We need to open our hearts and welcome our brothers and sisters.
Great Spirit, let my ears be open as I walk the path You have chosen for me.

 
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Sunday, October 19, 2014
You are reading from the book The Language of Letting Go
Our Good Points

What's a codependent? The answer's easy. They're some of the most loving, caring people I know.
  —Beyond Codependency

We don't need to limit an inventory of ourselves to the negatives. Focusing only on what's wrong is a core issue in our codependency.

Honestly, fearlessly, ask: "What's right with me? What are my good points?"

"Am I a loving, caring, nurturing person?" We may have neglected to love ourselves in the process of caring for others, but nurturing is an asset.

"Is there something I do particularly well?" "Do I have a strong faith?" "Am I good at being there for others?" "Am I good as part of a team, or as a leader?" "Do I have a way with words or with emotions?"

"Do I have a sense of humor?" "Do I brighten people up?" "Am I good at comforting others?" "Do I have an ability to make something good out of barely nothing at all?" "Do I see the best in people?"

These are character assets. We may have gone to an extreme with these, but that's okay. We are now on our way to finding balance.

Recovery is not about eliminating our personality. Recovery aims at changing, accepting, working around, or transforming our negatives, and building on our positives. We all have assets; we only need to focus on them, empower them, and draw them out in ourselves.

Codependents are some of the most loving, caring people around. Now, we're learning to give some of that concern and nurturing to ourselves.

Today, I will focus on what's right about me. I will give myself some of the caring I've extended to the world.
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 18, 2014, 02:04:09 PM »

October 18,2014

     We all belong

“Although ‘politics makes strange bedfellows,’ as the old saying goes, addiction makes us one of a kind.”

Basic Text, p. 87

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What a mixture of folks we have in Narcotics Anonymous!  In any given meeting on any given night, we’ll find a variety of people who probably never would have sat down in a room together if it weren’t for the disease of addiction.

A member who is a physician described his unwillingness to identify at his first meeting by refusing to go into “that room full of junkies.”  Another member with an extensive background in jails and institutions shared a similar story, except that her shock and surprise stemmed from the realization that “there were nice people there—wearing suits, yet!”  These two friends recently celebrated their seventh wedding anniversary.

The most unlikely people form friendships, sponsor each other, and do service work together.  We meet in the rooms of recovery together, sharing the bonds of past suffering and hope for the future.  We meet on mutual ground with our focus on the two things we all have in common—addiction and recovery.

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Just for today:  No matter what my personal circumstances, I belong


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 18, 2014, 02:03:13 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote         10/18/14


Want to know about your Spiritual Source? 'It is a simple procedure to calculate the number of seeds in an apple. But who among us can ever say how many apples are in a seed?' ~Dr. Wayne Dyer, Everyday Wisdom

Even though I feel very small when the stars come out at night, I remember that I, too, am made of stardust.
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Elder's Meditation of the Day
« Last post by CD on October 18, 2014, 02:02:08 PM »
Elder's Meditation of the Day       October 18,2014
"But we have to stick by the wisdom of our ancestors..."   
--Paula Weasel Head, BLOOD
A long time ago the Elders and our ancestors learned to walk on the Earth and to live in harmony. They were taught the Laws which govern everything, and they were taught traditional values. This wisdom should be made available to the younger generations. We need to speak to the Elders and learn from them. We need to do this so we can pass the knowledge on to our children.
My Creator, help me learn the wisdom of my ancestors.

 
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Saturday, October 18, 2014
You are reading from the book The Language of Letting Go
Throwing Out the Rule Book

Many of us feel like we need a rulebook, a microscope, and a warranty to get through life. We feel uncertain, frightened. We want the security of knowing what's going to happen, and how we shall act.

We don't trust life or ourselves.

We don't trust the Plan.

We want to be in control.

"I've made terrible mistakes about my choices, mistakes that nearly destroyed me. Life has really shocked me. How can I trust myself? How can I trust life, and my instincts, after where I've been?" asked one woman.

It is understandable that we fear being crushed again, considering the way many of us were when we bottomed out on our codependency. We don't have to be fearful. We can trust our self, our path, and our instincts.

Yes, we want to avoid making the same mistakes again. We are not the same people we were yesterday or last year. We've learned, grown, changed. We did what we needed to do then. If we made a mistake, we cannot let that stop us from living and fully experiencing today.

We have arrived at the understanding that we needed our experiences - even our mistakes - to get to where we are today. Do we know that we needed our life to unfold exactly as it did to find ourselves, our Higher Power, and this new way of life? Or is part of us still calling our past a mistake?

We can let go of our past and trust ourselves now. We do not have to punish ourselves with our past. We don't need a rulebook, a microscope, a warranty. All we really need is a mirror. We can look into the mirror and say, "I trust you. No matter what happens, you can take care of yourself. And what happens will continue to be good, better than you think."

Today, I will stop clinging to the painful lessons of the past. I will open myself to the positive lessons today and tomorrow hold for me. I trust that I can and will take care of myself now. I trust that the Plan is good, even when I don't know what it is.
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 17, 2014, 05:33:19 PM »
October 17, 2014

“The Truth”

  “Everything we know is subject to revision, especially what we know about the truth.”

Basic Text, p. 94

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Many of us thought we could recognize “The Truth.”  We believed the truth was one thing, certain and unchanging, which we could grasp easily and without question.  The real truth, however, was that we often couldn’t see the truth if it hit us square in the face.  Our disease colored everything in our lives, especially our perception of the truth—in fact, what we “knew” about the truth nearly killed us.  Before we could begin to recognize truth, we had to switch our allegiance from our addiction to a Higher Power, the source of all that is good and true.

The truth has changed as our faith in a Higher Power has grown.  As we’ve worked the steps, our entire lives have begun to change through the healing power of the principles of recovery.  In order to open the door for that change, we have had to surrender our attachment to an unchanging and rigid truth.

The truth becomes purer and simpler each time we encounter it.  And just as the steps work in our lives every day—if we allow them—our understanding of the truth may change each day as we grow.

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Just for today:  I will open my eyes and my heart to the changes brought about by the steps.  With an open mind, I can understand the truth in my life 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 17, 2014, 05:32:18 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote            10/17/14


Before spiritual awakening...work steps, make coffee, carry the message. After spiritual awakening...keep working steps, keep making coffee, keep carrying the message. -Zen for the 12 Steps-

Enlightment is my ego's greatest disappointment.
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