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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by Monkey on November 10, 2015, 11:14:58 AM »
November 10
Fear or faith?
“No matter how far we ran, we always carried fear with us.”
Basic Text, p. 14
For many of us, fear was a constant factor in our lives before we came to Narcotics Anonymous.   We used because we were afraid to feel emotional or physical pain.  Our fear of people and situations gave us a convenient excuse to use drugs.  A few of us were so afraid of everything that we were unable even to leave our homes without using first.
As we stay clean, we replace our fear with a belief in the fellowship, the steps, and a Higher Power.  As this belief grows, our faith in the miracle of recovery begins to color all aspects of our lives.  We start to see ourselves differently.  We realize we are spiritual beings, and we strive to live by spiritual principles.
The application of spiritual principles helps eliminate fear from our lives.  By refraining from treating other people in harmful or unlawful ways, we find we needn’t fear how we will be treated in return.  As we practice love, compassion, understanding, and patience in our relationships with others, we are treated in turn with respect and consideration.  We realize these positive changes result from allowing our Higher Power to work through us.  We come to believe—not to think, but to believe—that our Higher Power wants only the best for us.  No matter what the circumstances, we find we can walk in faith instead of fear.
Just for today:  I no longer need to run in fear, but can walk in faith that my Higher Power has only the best in store for me.
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by Monkey on November 09, 2015, 09:56:01 AM »
November 9
The best-laid plans
“It is our actions that are important.  We leave the results to our Higher Power.”
Basic Text, p. 91
There’s an old saying we sometimes hear in our meetings:  “If you want to make God laugh, make plans.”  When we hear this we usually laugh, too, but there’s a nervous edge to our laughter.  We wonder if all of our carefully laid plans are doomed to fail.  If we’re planning a big event—a wedding, a return to school, or perhaps a career change—we begin to wonder if our plans are the same as our Higher Power’s plans.  We are capable of working ourselves into such a frenzy of worry over this question that we refuse to make any plans at all.
But the simple fact is that we really don’t know whether our Higher Power’s plans for our lives are carved in stone or not.  Most of us have opinions about fate and destiny but, whether we believe in such theories or not, we still have a responsibility to live our lives and make plans for the future.  If we refuse to accept responsibility for our lives, we’re still making plans—plans for a shallow, boring existence.
What we make in recovery are plans, not results.  We’ll never know whether the marriage, the education, or the new job is going to work out until we try it.  We simply exercise our best judgment, check with our sponsor, pray, use all the information at hand, and make the most reasonable plans we can.  For the rest, we trust in the loving care of the God of our understanding, knowing that we’ve acted responsibly.
Just for today:  I will make plans, but I will not plan the results.  I will trust in my Higher Power’s loving care.
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by Monkey on November 08, 2015, 01:13:41 PM »
November 8
Freed from insanity
“Do I believe it would be insane to walk up to someone and say, ‘May I please have a heart attack or a fatal accident?’”
Basic Text, p. 24
We’ve heard it said that unless we’re in love, we can’t remember what love feels like.  The same could be said of insanity:  Once we’re freed of it, we may forget how truly bizarre our insane thinking can be.  But to be grateful for the degree of sanity to which we’ve been restored in Narcotics Anonymous, we need to remember just how truly insane we’ve been.
Today, it may be hard to imagine saying something as ridiculous as, “May I please have a heart attack or a fatal accident?”  No one in their right mind is going to ask for such things.  And that’s the point.  In our active addiction, we were not in our right mind.  Each day we practiced our addiction, we courted fatal disease, degradation, exploitation, impoverishment, imprisonment, death by violence, even death by sheer stupidity.  In that context, the idea of asking for a heart attack or a fatal accident doesn’t sound all that far out.  That’s how insane we’ve been.
The program, the fellowship, and our Higher Power—together, they’ve worked a miracle.  The Second Step is not a vain hope—it is reality.  Knowing the degree of the insanity we’ve experienced, we can appreciate all the more the miraculous Power that has restored us thus far to sanity.  For that, we are truly grateful.
Just for today:  I will take some time to recall how insane I’ve been while practicing my addiction.  Then, I will thank my Higher Power for the sanity that’s been restored to my life.
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by Monkey on November 01, 2015, 01:24:21 AM »
November 1
“God helps us as we help each other.”
Basic Text, p. 51
Our addiction caused us to think almost exclusively of ourselves.  Even our prayers—if we prayed at all—were self-centered.  We asked God to fix things for us or get us out of trouble.  Why?  Because we didn’t want to live with the problems we’d created for ourselves.  We were insecure.  We thought life was about getting, and we always wanted more.
And in recovery we get more—more than just not using.  The spiritual awakening we experience in working the Twelve Steps reveals to us a life we never dreamed possible.  We no longer need to worry about whether there will be “enough,” for we come to rely on a loving Higher Power who meets all our daily needs.  Relieved of our incessant insecurity, we no longer see the world as a place in which to compete with others for the fulfillment of our desires.  Instead, we see the world as a place in which to live out the love our Higher Power has shown us.  Our prayers are not for instant gratification; they are for help in helping each other.
Recovery awakens us from the nightmare of self-centeredness, strife, and insecurity that lies at the core of our disease.  We wake up to a new reality: All that is worth having can be kept only by giving it away.
Just for today:  My God helps me as I help others.  Today, I will seek help in giving away the love my Higher Power has given me, knowing that is the way to keep it.
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Online Narcotics Anonymous open meetings / Group update for
« Last post by Monkey on November 01, 2015, 01:17:07 AM »
We are looking for help from anyone in rebuilding our forum.

We can be an online Home-group for anyone,anywhere in the world with out regular access to NA meetings in there immediate area.
Just like the old days,when I got clean,we had the Basic Text and the Just for today was our approved,as well as the Little White book.We could have a meeting on wheels,in the days of "Asphalt Recovery"
So now in the days of online recovery,we can have meetings,what ever it takes to stay clean.
All that we need is some consistent  volunteers,like someone to post the Just for today,on here and on our Facebook group
And we can begin the talking about doing online meetings again.
If you are an NA Member,that stays clean in the Narcotics Anonymous program,we need you.This is your home.
If you want to volunteer,leave a message here,or better yet message me.
Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by Monkey on October 24, 2015, 04:55:40 AM »
October 24
“We are not responsible for our disease, only for our recovery.  As we begin to apply what we have learned, our lives begin to change for the better.”
Basic Text, p. 91
The further we go in recovery, the less we avoid responsibility for ourselves and our actions.  By applying the principles of the Narcotics Anonymous program, we are able to change our lives.  Our existence takes on new meaning as we accept responsibility and the freedom of choice responsibility implies.  We do not take recovery for granted.
We take responsibility for our recovery by working the Twelve Steps with a sponsor.  We go to meetings regularly and share with the newcomer what was freely given to us: the gift of recovery.  We become involved with our home group and accept responsibility for our part in sharing recovery with the still-suffering addict.  As we learn how to effectively practice spiritual principles in all areas of our lives, the quality of our lives improves.
Just for today:  Using the spiritual tools I’ve gained in recovery, I am willing and able to make responsible choices.
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by Monkey on October 20, 2015, 11:14:22 AM »
October 20
Freedom to choose
“Enforced morality lacks the power that comes to us when we choose to live a spiritual life.”
Basic Text, p. 45
In our active addiction, many of us lived our lives by default.  We were unwilling or unable to make choices about how we wanted to act, what we preferred to do, or even where we would live.  We allowed the drugs or other people to make our most basic decisions for us.  Freedom from active addiction means, among other things, the freedom to make those choices for ourselves.
Freedom of choice is a wonderful gift, but it’s also a great responsibility.  Choice allows us to find out who we are and what we believe in.  However, in exercising it, we’re called on to weigh our own choices and accept the consequences.  This leads some of us to seek out someone who will make our choices for us—our sponsor, our home group, our NA friends—just as our disease made our choices for us when we were using.  That’s not recovery.
Seeking others’ experience is one thing; abdicating personal responsibility is something else.  If we don’t use the gift of freedom we’ve been given, if we refuse to accept the responsibilities that go along with it, we’ll lose that gift and our lives will be diminished.  We are responsible for our own recovery and our own choices.  Difficult as it may seem, we must make those choices for ourselves and become willing to accept the consequences.
Just for today:  I am grateful for the freedom to live as I choose.  Today, I will accept responsibility for my recovery, make my own choices, and accept the consequences.
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by Monkey on October 07, 2015, 11:08:55 AM »
October 7
Depending on our Higher Power
“As recovering addicts, we find that we are still dependent, but our dependence has shifted from the things around us to a loving God and the inner strength we get in our relationship with Him.”
Basic Text, pp.  71
For many addicts, rebelliousness is second nature.  We didn’t want to depend on anyone or anything, and especially not on God.  The beauty of using, we thought, was that it gave us the power to be and feel anything we wanted, all by ourselves.  But the price we paid for this illusory freedom was a dependence beyond our worst nightmares.  Rather than freeing us, using enslaved us.
When we came to Narcotics Anonymous, we learned that dependence on God didn’t have to mean what we may have thought it meant.  Yes, if we wanted to be restored to sanity, we would need to tap “a Power greater than ourselves.”  However, we could choose our own concept of this Higher Power—we could even make one up.  Dependence on a Higher Power would not limit us, we discovered; it would free us.
The Power we find in recovery is the power we lacked on our own.  It is the love we were afraid to depend on others for.  It is the sense of personal direction we never had, the guidance we couldn’t humble ourselves to ask for or trust others to give.  It is all these things, and it is our own.  Today, we are grateful to have a Higher Power to depend on.
Just for today:  I will depend on the love and inner strength I draw from the God of my own understanding.
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by Monkey on October 06, 2015, 09:38:43 AM »
October 6
Amends without expectations
“Projections about actually making amends can be a major obstacle both in making the list and in becoming willing.”
Basic Text, p. 39
The Eighth Step asks us to become willing to make amends to all persons we have harmed.  As we approach this step, we may wonder what the outcome of our amends will be.  Will we be forgiven?  Relieved of any lingering guilt?  Or will we be tarred and feathered by the persons we’ve harmed?
Our tendency to seek forgiveness must be surrendered if we expect to receive the spiritual benefits of the Eighth and Ninth Steps.  If we approach these steps expecting anything, we’re likely to be very disappointed with the results.  We want to ask ourselves if we are pinning our hopes on gaining the forgiveness of the person to whom we are making amends.  Or maybe we’re hoping we’ll be excused from our debts by some sympathetic creditor moved to tears by our hard-luck story.
We need to be willing to make our amends regardless of the outcome.  We can plan the amends, but we can’t plan the results.  Although we may not be granted a full pardon by everyone to whom we owe amends, we will learn to forgive ourselves.  In the process, we will find that we no longer have to carry the burdens of the past.
Just for today:  I will let go of any expectations I have on the people to whom I owe amends.
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by Monkey on October 05, 2015, 02:05:07 PM »
October 5
Ask for mercy, not justice
“Many of us have difficulty admitting that we caused harm for others... We cut away our justifications and our ideas of being a victim.
Basic Text, p. 38
Our lives are progressing nicely. Things are going good, and each year in recovery brings more material and spiritual gifts. We may have a little money in the bank, a new car, or a committed relationship. We have a little self-confidence, and our faith in a Higher Power is growing.
Then, something happens. Someone breaks into our new car and steals the stereo, or the person we’re in the relationship with becomes unfaithful. Right away, we feel victimized. “Where’s the justice?” we wail. But if we take a look back on our own behavior, we may find that we’ve been guilty of doing what’s just been done to us. We realize we wouldn’t really want justice—not for ourselves, and not for others. What we want is mercy.
We thank a loving God for the compassion we’ve been shown, and we take the time to appreciate all the precious gifts that recovery brings.
Just for today: I will pray for mercy, not justice. I am grateful for the compassion I’ve been shown, and will offer mercy to others.
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