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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by CD on November 23, 2014, 12:46:00 PM »

November 23 , 2014

God’s Will

“The relief of ‘letting go and letting God’ helps us develop a life that is worth living.”

Basic Text, p. 26

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In our addiction, we were afraid of what might happen if we didn’t control everything around us.  Many of us made up elaborate lies to protect our use of drugs.  Some of us manipulated everyone around us in a frenzied attempt to get something from them so we could use more drugs.  A few of us went to great lengths to keep two people from talking to each other and perhaps discovering our trail of lies.  We took pains to maintain an illusion of control over our addiction and our lives.  In the process, we kept ourselves from experiencing the serenity that comes with surrender to a Higher Power’s will.

In our recovery, it is important to release our illusion of control and surrender to a Higher Power, whose will for us is better than anything we can con, manipulate, or devise for ourselves.  If we realize that we are trying to control outcomes and are feeling afraid of the future, there is action we can take to reverse that trend.  We go to our Second and Third Steps and look at what we have come to believe about a Higher Power.  Do we truly believe that this Power can care for us and restore us to sanity?  If so, we can live with all of life’s ups and downs—its disappointments, its sorrows, its wonders, and its joys.

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Just for today:  I will surrender and let a Higher Power’s will happen in my life.  I will accept the gift of serenity this surrender brings.



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 November 23, 2014, 12:44:24 PM »
~ Successful Recovery ~       11/23/14
I always remember an epitaph which is in the cemetery
at Tombstone, Arizona. It says: 'Here lies Jack
Williams. He done his damnedest.' I think that is
the greatest epitaph a man can have.

Harry S. Truman


No matter what their drug of choice, compulsives all have one thing in common. If we don't practice our program, we run the risk of relapsing back into the disease.

What separates those who find recovery and those who don't is this: those who don't find recovery slip and fall, and don't get up again. They figure, "I've already relapsed, so why not just continue using my drug of choice? Why not wallow in my disease?"

Those who recover are like Jack Williams...they do their damnedest. They continue to read program literature, they continue to do service, they continue to reach out to others and to their Higher Power. The winners in this program don't wallow...they pick themselves up, dust themselves off, and keep on keeping on.

One day at a time... . . .
I will do my damnedest. I will work my program to the best of my ability, and if I fall, I won't stay down.


Jeff


   
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
« Last post by CD on November 23, 2014, 12:43:18 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      11/23/14


'Imagine if at every moment we each embraced the world as the gift it is: An apple is a gift; the color pink is a gift; the blue sky is a gift; the scent of honeysuckle is a gift. Hidden in every experience is a gift,' ~Marcia Prager, The Path of Blessing: Experiencing the Energy and Abundance of the Divine

What is my gift right now?
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Elder's Meditation of the Day
« Last post by CD on November 23, 2014, 12:41:55 PM »
Elder's Meditation of the Day             November 23 2014
"We're sitting on our blessed Mother Earth from which we get our strength and determination, love and humility, all the beautiful attributes that we've been given. So turn to one another; love one another; respect one another; respect Mother Earth; respect the waters-because that's life itself!"   
--Phil Lane, Sr. YANKTON SIOUX
Our entire point of view can be altered by making one change to align with the principles of the Great Spirit. Let's say we decide to become respectful. As we become respectful, our attitude will change. We will automatically draw into our lives knowledge about the other principles of the Great Spirit such as love, appreciation, trust, beauty, and peace of mind. By focusing on these principles, we will let go of selfishness, self centeredness, self pity, dishonesty, and fear. You focus on respect, you get respect; you focus on love, you get love; you focus on the Red Road, you get peace of mind.
Great Spirit, let me learn the lessons of respect.

 
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: You are reading from the book The Language of Letting Go.
« Last post by CD on November 23, 2014, 12:40:23 PM »
Sunday, November 23, 2014
You are reading from the book The Language of Letting Go
Healthy Sexuality

Many areas of our life need healing.

One important part of our life is our sexuality. Our feelings and beliefs about our sexuality, our ability to nurture, cherish, and enjoy our sexuality, our ability to respect ourselves sexually, our ability to let go of sexual shame and confusion, may all be impaired or confused by our codependency.

Our sexual energy may be blocked. Or for some of us, sex may be the only way we learned to connect with people. Our sexuality may not be connected to the rest of us; sex may not be connected to love - for others or ourselves.

Some of us were sexually abused as children. Some of us may have gotten involved in sexuality addictive behaviors - compulsive sexual behaviors that got out of control and produced shame.

Some of us may have gotten involved in sexual codependency: not paying attention to what we wanted, or didn't want, sexually; allowing ourselves to get involved sexually because it was what the other person wanted; shutting off our sexuality along with our other feelings; denying ourselves healthy enjoyment of ourselves as sexual beings.

Our sexuality is a part of ourselves that deserves healing attention and energy. It is a part of us that we can allow to become connected to the whole of us; it is a part of us that we can stop being ashamed of.

It is okay and healthy to allow our sexual energy to open up and become healed. It is connected to our creativity and to our heart. We do not have to allow our sexual energy to control our relationships or us. We can establish and maintain healthy, appropriate boundaries around our sexuality. We can discover what that means in our life.

We can enjoy the gift of being human beings who have been given the gift of sexual energy, without abusing or discounting that gift.

Today, I will begin to integrate my sexuality into the rest of my personality. God, help me let go of my fears and shame around my sexuality. Show me the issues I need to face concerning my sexuality. Help me open myself to healing in that area of my life.
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 November 22, 2014, 07:01:32 PM »

November 22 , 2014

Foundation first

“As we begin to function in society, our creative freedom helps us sort our priorities and do the basic things first.”

Basic Text, p. 83

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No sooner do we get clean than some of us begin putting other priorities ahead of our recovery.  Careers, families, relationships—all these are part of the life we find once we’ve laid the foundation of our recovery.  But we can’t build a stable life for ourselves before we do the hard, basic work of laying our recovery foundation.  Like a house built on sand, such a life will be shaky, at best.

Before we begin putting all our attention to rebuilding the detailed framework of our lives, we need to lay our foundation.  We acknowledge, first, that we don’t yet have a foundation, that our addiction has made our lives utterly unmanageable.  Then, with the help of our sponsor and our home group, we find faith in a Power strong enough to help us prepare the ground of our new lives.  We clear the wreckage from the site upon which we will build our future.  Finally, we develop a deep, working familiarity with the principles we will practice in our continuing affairs: honest self-examination, reliance upon our Higher Power’s guidance and strength, and service to others.

Once our foundation is prepared, then we can go full steam ahead to put our new lives together.  But first we must ask ourselves if our foundation is secure, for without our foundation, nothing we build can stand for long.

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Just for today:  I will take care to lay a secure foundation for my recovery.  Upon such a foundation, I can build for a lifetime in recovery.


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 November 22, 2014, 07:00:45 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote              11/22/14


Reputation: what others are not thinking about you.

What others think about me is never as important as what I think about them.
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Elder's Meditation of the Day
« Last post by CD on November 22, 2014, 06:59:45 PM »
Elder's Meditation of the Day        November 22 , 2014
"It's the most precious thing...to know absolutely where you belong. There's a whole emotional wrapping-around-of-you here. You see the same rock, tree, road, clouds, sun -- you develop a nice kind of intimacy with the world around you. To be intimate is to grow, to learn...[it] is absolutely fulfilling. Intimacy, that's my magic word for why I live here."   
--Tessie Maranjo, SANTA CLARA PUEBLO
Every human being, to be mentally healthy, must have the feeling of belonging. When we have a sense of belonging we can be intimate. We can feel. We can connect. If we cannot develop this feeling of belonging, then we will feel lost of disconnected. To be disconnected from life is like walking around during the day not knowing the Sun exists. To have the feelings of intimacy is warm, glowy, joyful, loving, and connected. The feeling this Elder is talking about is available to everyone.
Great Spirit, let me be intimate.
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: You are reading from the book The Language of Letting Go.
« Last post by CD on November 22, 2014, 06:58:22 PM »
Saturday, November 22, 2014
You are reading from the book The Language of Letting Go
The Magic of Gratitude and Acceptance

Gratitude and acceptance are two magic tricks available to us in recovery. No matter who we are, where we are, or what we have, gratitude and acceptance work.

We may eventually become so happy that we realize our present circumstances are good. Or we master our present circumstances and then move forward into the next set of circumstances.

If we become stuck, miserable, feeling trapped and hopeless, try gratitude and acceptance. If we have tried unsuccessfully to alter our present circumstances and have begun to feel like we're beating our head against a brick wall, try gratitude and acceptance.

If we feel like all is dark and the night will never end, try gratitude and acceptance.

If we feel scared and uncertain, try gratitude and acceptance.

If we've tried everything else and nothing seems to work, try gratitude and acceptance.

If we've been fighting something, try gratitude and acceptance.

When all else fails, go back to the basics.

Gratitude and acceptance work.

Today, God, help me let go of my resistance. Help me know the pain of a circumstance will stop hurting so much if I accept it. I will practice the basics of gratitude and acceptance in my life, and for all my present circumstances.
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 November 21, 2014, 01:22:52 PM »
November 21 , 2014

Letting our defects go

“If [character defects] contributed to our health and happiness, we would not have come to such a state of desperation.”

Basic Text, p. 34

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Getting started on the Sixth and Seventh Steps isn’t always easy.  We may feel as though we have so much wrong with us that we are totally defective.  We might feel like hiding under a rock.  Under no circumstance would we want our fellow addicts to know about our inadequacies.

We will probably go through a time of examining everything we say and do in order to identify our character defects and make sure we suppress them.  We may look back at one particular day, cringing at what we’re certain is the most embarrassing thing we’ve ever said.  We become determined to be rid of these horrible traits at all costs.

But nowhere in the Sixth or Seventh Steps does it say we can learn to control our defects of character.  In fact, the more attention we focus on them, the more firmly entrenched they will become in our lives.  It takes humility to recognize that we can’t control our defects any more than we can control our addiction.  We can’t remove our own defects; we can only ask a loving God to remove them.

Letting go of something painful can be as difficult as letting go of something pleasant.  But let’s face it—holding on is a lot of work.  When we really think about what we’re holding onto, the effort just isn’t worthwhile.  It’s time to let go of our character defects and ask God to remove them.

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Just for today:  I’m ready to have my defects removed.  I will let go and allow a loving Higher Power to care for me.


Copyright © 1991-2014 by Narcotics Anonymous World Services, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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