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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by CD on April 17, 2014, 12:46:01 PM »

April 17 , 2014

Priority: meetings

“I initially felt that it would be impossible to attend more than one or two meetings a week. It just wouldn’t fit in with my busy schedule. I later learned that my priorities were [180] degrees reversed.  It was the everything else that would have to fit into my meeting schedule.”

 

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Some of us attended meetings infrequently when we first came to Narcotics Anonymous, then wondered why we couldn’t stay clean.  What we soon learned was that if we wanted to stay clean, we had to make meeting attendance our priority.

So we began again.  Following our sponsor’s suggestion, we made a commitment to attend ninety meetings in ninety days.  We identified ourselves as newcomers for our first thirty days so that others could get to know us.  At our sponsor’s direction, we stopped talking long enough to learn to listen.  We soon began to look forward to meetings.  And we began to stay clean.

Today, we attend meetings for a variety of reasons.  Sometimes we go to meetings to share our experience, strength, and hope with newer members.  Sometimes we go to see our friends.  And sometimes we go just because we need a hug.  Occasionally we leave a meeting and realize that we haven’t really heard a word that’s been said—but we still feel better.  The atmosphere of love and joy that fills our meetings has kept us clean another day.  No matter how hectic our schedule, we make meeting attendance our priority.

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Just for today:  In my heart, I know that meetings benefit me in all kinds of ways.  Today, I want what’s good for me.  I will attend a meeting.

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 17, 2014, 12:45:03 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   4/17/14


It is not unusual for people to say something and then consider it done. They forget to actually do it. Do not say 'I will go to more meetings; I will get a sponsor soon; I must work with newcomers, then consider it done. You must actually do these things to have them work for you.

I let go of doing life in my head.
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Elder's Meditation of the Day
« Last post by CD on April 17, 2014, 12:44:01 PM »
Elder's Meditation of the Day     April 17, 2014
"Women know more about love than men do...Love is taking. Love is sharing. Love is learning things about each other."   
--Mary Leitka, HOH
The Elders say Mother Earth shares Her special gifts of love with the Women. The Women know about bringing forth life and nurturing their offspring. Through this gift of love the Earth really makes the Woman special. Men should look upon the Woman with a Sacred Eye. She should be respected. The Woman is a role model for love. When the Woman talks, we should listen; when she shares, we should be grateful. We should all learn about each other.
Grandmother, teach me to love with the power of the Woman.
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Thursday, April 17, 2014
You are reading from the book The Language of Letting Go
Taking Care of Ourselves

We often refer to recovery from codependency and adult child issues as self-care. Self-care is not, as some may think, a spin off of the Me generation. It isn't self-indulgence. It isn't selfishness - in the negative interpretation of that word.

We're learning to take care of ourselves, instead of obsessively focusing on another person. We're learning self-responsibility, instead of feeling excessively responsible for others. Self-care also means tending to our true responsibilities to others; we do this better when we're not feeling overly responsible.

Self-care sometimes means, me first, but usually, me too. It means we are responsible for ourselves and can choose to no longer be victims.

Self-care means learning to love the person we're responsible for taking care of - ourselves. We do not do this to hibernate in a cocoon of isolation and self indulgence; we do it so we can better love others, and learn to let them love us.

Self-care isn't selfish; it's self-esteem.

Today, God, help me love myself. Help me let go of feeling excessively responsible for those around me. Show me what I need to do to take care of myself and be appropriately responsible to others.
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 16, 2014, 08:58:01 AM »

April 16, 2014

“Acting as if”

“Today, we seek solutions, not problems.  We try what we have learned on an experimental basis.”

Basic Text, p. 58

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The first time we heard that we should “act as if,” many of us exclaimed, “But that’s not honest!  I thought we were always supposed to be honest about our feelings in Narcotics Anonymous.”

Perhaps we can reflect on when we first came into the program.  We may not have believed in God, but we prayed anyway.  Or maybe we weren’t sure the program would work for us, but we kept coming to meetings regardless of what we thought.  The same applies as we progress in recovery.  We may be terrified of crowds, but if we act confidently and extend our hand, we’ll not only feel better about ourselves, we’ll find that we are no longer so frightened of large gatherings.

Each action we take in this vein brings us closer to becoming the people we were meant to be.  Each positive change we make builds our self-esteem.  Through acting differently, we will realize that we are beginning to think differently.  We are living ourselves into right thinking by “acting as if.”

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Just for today:  I will take the opportunity to act as if I can accept a situation I used to run from.

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 16, 2014, 08:56:47 AM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    4/16/14


There will be many times when nothing anyone does, including yourself, seems right. But these 'nothing is ever right' times pass like a cloud over-head. Do not make decisions until the cloud passes, so that you make them in the full light of your good senses.

I do not make decisions when 'nothing is going right. How can my decision be right if nothing else is?
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Elder's Meditation of the Day
« Last post by CD on April 16, 2014, 08:54:53 AM »
Elder's Meditation of the Day        April 16, 2014
"But one should pray in one's heart during a sacred ceremony; this is the purpose of the ceremony, to purify the participants both inside and outside."   
--Thomas Yellowtail, CROW
How do you know if you are praying from your heart or from your head? Pray from your head and you will feel nothing; pray from your heart and you will feel feelings. You may feel sorrow, you may feel joy, you may want to cry, depending on what you are praying for. During the ceremony, the cleansing will take place. The Medicine Wheel teaches the four directions of inner power: emotional, mental, physical and spiritual. The prayer controls the emotional, mental and physical. When we ask for purification of our feelings, our mental mind and our physical body, the spiritual direction causes the cleansing to happen.
Great Spirit, create in me a clean heart.

 
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
You are reading from the book The Language of Letting Go
Letting Things Happen

We do not have to work so hard at gaining our insights. Yes, we're learning that painful and disappointing things happen, often for a reason and a higher purpose. Yes, these things often work out for good. But we don't have to spend so much time and energy figuring out the purpose and plan for each detail of our life. That's hypervigilence!

Sometimes, the car doesn't start. Sometimes, the dishwasher breaks. Sometimes, we catch a cold. Sometimes, we run out of hot water. Sometimes, we have a bad day. While it helps to achieve acceptance and gratitude for these irritating annoyances, we don't have to process everything and figure out if it's in the scheme of things.

Solve the problem. Get the car repaired. Fix the dishwasher. Nurse yourself through the cold. Wait to take the shower until there's hot water. Nurture yourself through your bad day. Tend to your responsibilities, and don't take everything so personally!

If we need to recognize a particular insight or awareness, we will be guided in that direction. Certainly, we want to watch for patterns. But often, the big insights and the significant processing happen naturally.

We don't have to question every occurrence to see how it fits into the Plan. The Plan - the awareness, the insight, and the potential for personal growth - will reveal itself to us. Perhaps the lesson is to learn to solve our problems without always knowing their significance. Perhaps the lesson is to trust ourselves to live, and experience, life.

Today, I will let things happen without worrying about the significance of each event. I will trust that this will bring about my growth faster than running around with a microscope. I will trust my lessons to reveal themselves in their own time.
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 15, 2014, 07:09:17 AM »

April 15 , 2014

Keep coming back

“We have come to enjoy living clean and want more of the good things that the NA Fellowship holds for us.”

Basic Text, p. 27

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Can you remember a time when you looked at the addicts recovering in NA and wondered, “If they aren’t using drugs, what on earth do they have to laugh about?”  Did you believe that the fun stopped when the using stopped?  So many of us did; we were certain that we were leaving the “good life” behind.  Today, many of us can laugh at that misconception because we know how full our life in recovery can be.

Many of the things we enjoy so much in recovery are gained by actively participating in the Fellowship of NA.  We begin to find true companionship, friends who understand and care about us just for ourselves.  We find a place where we can be useful to others.  There are recovery meetings, service activities, and fellowship gatherings to fill our time and occupy our interests.  The fellowship can be a mirror to reflect back to us a more accurate image of who we are.  We find teachers, helpers, friends, love, care, and support.  The fellowship always has more to offer us, as long as we keep coming back.

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Just for today:  I know where the “good life” is.  I’ll keep coming back.

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 15, 2014, 07:07:43 AM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    4/15/14


You must learn to pick up a program, not just set down a drink! They call this foot work. Your Higher Power wants to make a deal with you. You do the foot work and He'll take care of the results.

If I have one hand in the fellowship and one hand in God's, I can't pick up today.
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