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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by CD on Today at 12:14:17 PM »
October 24 2014

Responsibility

“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

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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.

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Just for today:  Using the spiritual tools I’ve gained in recovery, I am willing and able to make responsible choices.


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 12:12:45 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       10/24/14


You cannot go back and make new choices or change the outcome of the past. But you can face the demons of your past and change your destiny.

Not everything I face can be changed, but nothing can be changed until I face it.
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Elder's Meditation of the Day
« Last post by CD on Today at 12:11:51 PM »
Elder's Meditation of the Day       October 24 , 2014
"We create that bad among ourselves. We create it; then we try to call it devil, Satan, or evil. But man creates it. There is no devil. Man creates the devil."   
--Wallace Black Elk, LAKOTA
Inside every human being are the laws and codes by which we should live. These laws and codes are communicated to us through a little voice. When we are still, this voice guides us. If we choose to live out of harmony, our lives become filled with anger, hate, selfishness, dishonesty, etc... When these things appear in our lives, we give up accountability and blame it on something or someone else. If we want to live in harmony, we need to pray our way back to living the principles the Creator gave us.
Grandfather, today let me walk with the principles.

 
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Friday, October 24, 2014
You are reading from the book The Language of Letting Go
Opening Ourselves to Love

Open ourselves to the love that is available to us.

We do not have to limit our sources of love. God and the Universe have an unlimited supply of what we need, including love.

When we are open to receiving love, we will begin to receive it. It may come from the most surprising places, including from within us.

We will be open to and aware of the love that is and has been there for us all along. We will feel and appreciate the love from friends. We will notice and enjoy the love that comes to us from family.

We will be ready to receive love in our special love relationships too. We do not have to accept love from unsafe people - people who will exploit us or with whom we don't want to have relationships.

But there is plenty of good love available - love that heals our heart, meets our needs, and makes our spirit sing.

We have denied ourselves too long. We have been martyrs too long. We have given so much and allowed ourselves to receive too little. We have paid our dues. It is time to continue the chain of giving and receiving by allowing ourselves to receive.

Today, I will open myself to the love that is coming to me from the Universe. I will accept it and enjoy it when it comes.
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 22, 2014, 06:50:01 PM »
October 22 , 2014

Look who’s talking

“Our disease is so cunning that it can get us into impossible situations.”

Basic Text, p. 83

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Some of us say, “My disease is talking to me.”  Others say, “My head won’t turn off.”  Still others refer to “the committee in my mind” or “the monkey on my back.”  Let’s face it.  We suffer from an incurable malady that continues to affect us, even in recovery.  Our disease gives us warped information about what’s going on in our lives.  It tells us not to look at ourselves because what we’ll see is too scary.  Sometimes it tells us we’re not responsible for ourselves and our actions; other times, it tells us that everything wrong with the world is our fault.  Our disease tricks us into trusting it.

The NA program provides us with many voices that counter our addiction, voices we can trust.  We can call our sponsor for a reality check.  We can listen to the voice of an addict trying to get clean.  The ultimate solution is to work the steps and draw on the strength of a Higher Power.  That will get us through those times when “our disease is talking.”

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Just for today:  I will ignore the “voice” of my addiction.  I will listen to the voice of my program and a Power greater than myself.


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 22, 2014, 06:48:58 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      10/22/14


It has been said that we are not human beings having a spiritual experience but spiritual beings having a human experience. As a dream is to your human experience, addiction is to your spiritual experience. When you awake, you realize it no longer has power over you.

Sometimes I need a rude awakening before I can have a spiritual awakening.
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Elder's Meditation of the Day
« Last post by CD on October 22, 2014, 06:47:58 PM »
Elder's Meditation of the Day       October 22, 2014
"Growth is a painful process."   
--Wilma Mankiller, CHEROKEE
Whenever we grow, we usually need to let go of emotional attachments. Letting go can be painful. Sometimes growth allows us to deal with fear. All fear can fit into two categories: one, we're going to lose something we have, and two, we're not going to get something we want. Both of these categories can cause pain. The best way to grow is to pray to the Great Spirit and ask Him to guide and protect us. All growth is guided by God.
My Creator, guide my growth today and give me Your love and courage to help my pain.
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
You are reading from the book The Language of Letting Go
Holding Your Own

Trust yourself. Trust what you know.

Sometimes, it is hard to stand in our own truth and trust what we know, especially when others would try to convince us otherwise.

In these cases, others may be dealing with issues of guilt and shame. They may have their own agenda. They may be immersed in denial. They would like us to believe that we do not know what we know; they would like us not to trust ourselves; they would prefer to engage us in their nonsense.

We don't have to forfeit our truth or our power to others. That is codependency.

Believing lies is dangerous. When we stop trusting our truth, when we repress our instincts, when we tell ourselves there must be something wrong with us for feeling what we feel or believing what we believe, we deal a deadly blow to our self and our health.

When we discount that important part of ourselves that knows what is the truth, we cut ourselves off from our center. We feel crazy. We get into shame, fear, and confusion. We can't get our bearings when we allow someone to pull the rug from under us.

This does not mean that we are never wrong. But we are not always wrong.

Be open. Stand in our truth. Trust what you know. And refuse to buy into denial, nonsense, bullying, or coercion that would like to take you off course.

Ask to be shown the truth, clearly - not by the person trying to manipulate or convince you, but by yourself, your Higher Power, and the Universe.

Today, I will trust my truth, my instincts, and my ability to ground myself in reality. I will not allow myself to be swayed by bullying, manipulating, games, dishonesty, or people with peculiar agendas.
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 21, 2014, 04:42:14 PM »

October 21 , 2014

God’s will today

“This decision demands continued acceptance, ever-increasing faith, and a daily commitment to recovery.”

IP No. 14, One Addict’s Experience…

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Sometimes, we really live the Third Step—and it’s great!  We don’t regret the past, we aren’t afraid of the future, and we’re generally pleased with the present.  Sometimes, though, we lose our vision of God’s will in our life.

Many of us dream of erasing the mistakes of our past, but the past cannot be erased.  Many of us are grateful this is so, for our past experiences have brought us to the recovery we enjoy today.  By working the program, we can learn to accept the past and reconcile ourselves with it by amending our wrongs.  Those same Twelve Steps can help eliminate our worries over the future.  When we practice NA principles on a daily basis in all our affairs, we can leave the results up to our Higher Power.

It seems as though our members with the strongest faith are the ones who are best able to live in the present moment.  Enjoyment, appreciation, and gratitude for the quality of our lives—these are the results of faith in life itself.  When we practice the principles of our program, today is the only day we need.

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Just for today:  I will make the most of today, and trust that yesterday and tomorrow are in God’s care.


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 21, 2014, 04:40:42 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote          10/21/14


Sarcasm is derived from a Greek word meaning 'to tear flesh!' We know that the only weapon that gets sharper with use is the tongue.

I use my wit to amuse and not to abuse .
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