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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
« Last post by CD on April 12, 2014, 01:00:14 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     4/12/14

If you think you can or you think you can't, you're probably right.

The state of my world is a reflection of the state of my mind.
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by CD on April 12, 2014, 07:42:05 AM »

April 12 , 2014

The big picture

“All spiritual awakenings have some things in common.  Common elements include an end to loneliness and a sense of direction in our lives.”

Basic Text, p. 50

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Some kinds of spiritual experiences take place when we confront something larger than we are.  We suspect that forces beyond our understanding are operating.  We see a fleeting glimpse of the big picture and find humility in that moment.

Our journey through the Twelve Steps will bring about a spiritual experience of the same nature, only more profound and lasting.  We undergo a continual process of ego-deflation, while at the same time we become more conscious of the larger perspective.  Our view of the world expands to the point where we no longer possess an exaggerated sense of our own importance.

Through our new awareness, we no longer feel isolated from the rest of the human race.  We may not understand why the world is the way it is or why people sometimes treat one another so savagely.  But we do understand suffering and, in recovery, we can do our best to alleviate it.  When our individual contribution is combined with others, we become an essential part of a grand design.  We are connected at last.

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Just for today:  I am but one person in the entire scheme of things.  I humbly accept my place in the big picture.

Copyright © 1991-2014 by Narcotics Anonymous World Services, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Elder's Meditation of the Day
« Last post by CD on April 12, 2014, 07:39:43 AM »
Elder's Meditation of the Day     April 12 , 2014
"Dissimilar things were fitted together to make something beautiful and whole."   
--Nippawanock, ARAPAHOE
Sometimes we look at something close up and it appears to be ugly; but then we drop back and look at it as a whole and it is beautiful. If we look at an insect close up, it may be ugly, but if we drop back and look at the whole insect it becomes beautiful. We can drop back even more and observe what its role and purpose is, and the insect becomes even more beautiful and whole. How are we looking at ourselves? Are we focused on something ugly about ourselves, or are we dropping back and looking at ourselves as a whole? We all have purpose, and we are all beautiful.
Grandfather, today, let me see the beauty of the whole.
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Saturday, April 12, 2014
You are reading from the book The Language of Letting Go
Letting Go of Fear

Picture yourself swimming floating - peacefully down a gentle stream. All you need to do is breathe, relax, and go with the flow.

Suddenly, you become conscious of your situation. Frightened, overwhelmed with "what if's?" your body tenses. You begin to thrash around, frantically looking for something to grab on to.

You panic so hard you start to go under. Then you remember - you're working too hard at this. You don't need to panic. All you need to do is breathe, relax, and go with the flow. You won't drown.

Panic is our great enemy.

We don't need to become desperate. If overwhelming problems appear in our life, we need to stop struggling. We can tread water for a bit, until our equilibrium returns. Then we can go back to floating peacefully down the gentle stream. It is our stream. It is a safe stream. Our course has been charted. All is well.

Today, I will relax, breathe, and go with the flow.
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 11, 2014, 07:53:52 PM »
April 11 , 2014

A closed mind

“A new idea cannot be grafted onto a closed mind....  Open-mindedness leads us to the very insights that have eluded us during our lives.”

Basic Text, p. 96

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We arrived in NA at the lowest point in our lives.  We’d just about run out of ideas.  What we needed most when we got here were new ideas, new ways of living, shared from the experience of people who’d seen those ideas work.  Yet our closed minds prevented us from taking in the very ideas we needed to live.

Denial keeps us from appreciating just how badly we really need new ideas and new direction.  By admitting our powerlessness and recognizing how truly unmanageable our lives have become, we allow ourselves to see how much we need what NA has to offer.

Self-dependence and self-will can keep us from admitting even the possibility of the existence a Power greater than ourselves.  However, when we admit the sorry state self-will has gotten us into, we open our eyes and our minds to new possibilities.  When others tell us of a Power that has brought sanity to their lives, we begin to believe that such a Power may do the same for us.

A tree stripped of its branches will die unless new branches can be grafted onto its trunk.  In the same way, addiction stripped us of whatever direction we had.  To grow or even to survive, we must open our minds and allow new ideas to be grafted onto our lives.

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Just for today:  I will ask my Higher Power to open my mind to the new ideas of 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 April 11, 2014, 07:52:39 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   4/11/14


Sobriety is a grant, not a gift. A gift is something we get to keep forever. A grant is contingent on us doing something to keep it.

I work steps because my recovery is 'contingent on the maintenance of {my} spiritual program. (P 85, AA Book)
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Elder's Meditation of the Day
« Last post by CD on April 11, 2014, 07:50:59 PM »
Elder's Meditation of the Day     April 11 , 2014
"Spiritual matters are difficult to explain because you must live with them in order to fully understand them."   
--Thomas Yellowtail, CROW
To know something we must become one with it. We cannot know what a flower smells like until we actually smell it. Close your eyes and experience the fragrance. The Elders say there are two worlds, the Seen World and the Unseen World. To experience the Seen World we need to physically pick the flower and smell it. To experience the Unseen World we need to know about principles, laws and values; and no matter what our mind or our physical senses tell us, we must decide and act on these principles. If someone does wrong to us, we must pray for that person or persons to have peace, happiness and joy in their life. We must not get even or retaliate in any way. Only by doing this can we understand spiritual matters.
Great Spirit, give me your power whenever my weakness shows so I can live by spiritual decisions.

 
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Friday, April 11, 2014
You are reading from the book The Language of Letting Go
Financial Goals

Taking responsibility for our financial affairs will improve our self-esteem and lessen anxiety.

Each of us, today, has a present set of financial circumstances. We have a certain amount of money in hand, and money due to us. We have a pile of bills that we owe. We have taxes to pay. Those are our present financial circumstances. No matter what the details are, acceptance, gratitude, and self-responsibility will lessen the stress.

Each of us, today, has a financial future. There are few future aspects of our life we can control, but one part we can play to assist our future is setting goals.

We don't have to obsess about our goals. We don't have to constantly watch and mark our progress toward them. But it is beneficial to think about our goals and write them down. What do we want to happen in our financial future? What financial problems would we like to solve? What bills would we like to be rid of? What would we like to be earning at the end of this year? The end of next year? Five years from now?

Are we willing to work for our goals and trust our Higher Power to guide us?

Pay bills on time. Contact creditors. Make arrangements. Do your best, today, to take responsibility for your finances. Set goals for the future. Then, let go of money and concentrate on loving. Taking responsibility for our financial affairs does not mean making money our focus. Taking responsibility for our finances enables us to take our focus off money. It frees us to do our work and live the life we want.

We deserve to have the self-esteem and peace that accompanies financial responsibility.

Today, I will take the time necessary to be responsible for myself financially. If it is time to pay bills or talk to creditors, I will do that. If it is time to set goals, I will do that. Once I have done my part, I will let the rest go.
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 10, 2014, 10:36:54 AM »
April 10 , 2014

Too busy

“We must use what we learn or we will lose it, no matter how long we have been clean.”

Basic Text, p. 85

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After putting some clean time together, some of us have a tendency to forget what our most important priority is.  Once a week or less we say, “I’ve gotta get to a meeting tonight.  It’s been...”  We’ve been caught up in other things, important for sure, but no more so than our continued participation in Narcotics Anonymous.

It happens gradually.  We get jobs.  We reunite with our families.  We’re raising children, the dog is sick, or we’re going to school at night.  The house needs to be cleaned.  The lawn needs to be mowed.  We have to work late.  We’re tired.  There’s a good show at the theater tonight.  And all of a sudden, we notice that we haven’t called our sponsor, been to a meeting, spoken to a newcomer, or even talked to God in quite a while.

What do we do at this point?  Well, we either renew our commitment to our recovery, or we continue being too busy to recover until something happens and our lives become unmanageable.  Quite a choice!  Our best bet is to put more of our energy into maintaining the foundation of recovery on which our lives are built.  That foundation makes everything else possible, and it will surely crumble if we get too busy with everything else.

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Just for today:  I can’t afford to be too busy to recover.  I will do something today that sustains my 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 April 10, 2014, 10:36:06 AM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     4/10/14


Forgive yourself because your Spiritual Source already has. Who are you to argue about this?

T.G.I.F.: Thank God I'm Forgiven.
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