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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Elder's Meditation of the Day
« Last post by CD on October 17, 2014, 05:31:08 PM »
Elder's Meditation of the Day       October 17,2014
"Peace... comes within the souls of men when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the Universe dwells Wakan-Tanka, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us."   
--Black Elk (Hehaka Sapa) OGLALA SIOUX
If we are to know peace we must look within ourselves. In order to do this, we must learn to be still. We must quiet the mind. We must learn to meditate. Meditation helps us locate and find the center that is within ourselves. The center is where the Great One resides. When we start to look for peace, we need to realize where it is within ourselves. When we experience conflict we need to pause for a moment and ask the Power within ourselves, "How do you want me to handle this? What would you suggest I do in this situation?" By asking the Higher Power for help we find peace.
Creator, help me to find peace.

 
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Friday, October 17, 2014
You are reading from the book The Language of Letting Go
Feelings and Surrender

Surrendering is a highly personal and spiritual experience.

Surrender is not something we can do in our heads. It is not something we can force or control by willpower. It is something we experience.

Acceptance, or surrender, is not a tidy package. Often, it is a package full of hard feelings - anger, rage, and sadness, followed by release and relief. As we surrender, we experience our frustration and anger at God, at other people, at ourselves, and at life. Then we come to the core of the pain and sadness, the heavy emotional burden inside that must come out before we can feel good. Often, these emotions are connected to healing and release at a deep level.

Surrender sets the wheels in motion. Our fear and anxiety about the future are released when we surrender.

We are protected. We are guided. Good things have been planned. The next step is now being taken. Surrender is the process that allows us to move forward. It is how our Higher Power moves us forward. Trust in the rightness of timing, and the freedom at the other end, as you struggle humanly through this spiritual experience.

I will be open to the process of surrender in my life. I will allow myself all the awkward and potent emotions that must be released.
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 16, 2014, 02:41:57 PM »

October 16 , 2014

The simplest prayer

 “...praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.”

Step Eleven

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How do we pray?  With little experience, many of us don’t even know how to begin.  The process, however, is neither difficult nor complicated.

We came to Narcotics Anonymous because of our drug addiction.  But underlying that, many of us felt a deep sense of bewilderment with life itself.  We seemed to be lost, wandering a trackless waste with no one to guide us.  Prayer is a way to gain direction in life and the power to follow that direction.

Because prayer plays such a central part in NA recovery, many of us set aside a particular time each day to pray, establishing a pattern.  In this quiet time, we “talk” to our Higher Power, either silently or aloud.  We share our thoughts, our feelings, our day.  We ask, “What would you have me do?”  At the same time we ask, “Please give me the power to carry out your will.”

Learning to pray is simple.  We ask for “knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.”  By doing that, we find the direction we lacked and the strength we need to fulfill our God’s will.

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Just for today:  I will set aside some quiet time to “talk” with my Higher Power.  I will ask for that Power’s direction and the ability to act on it.


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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
« Last post by CD on October 16, 2014, 02:39:47 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote   10/16/14


True morality is what we do when no one is watching. Growth is demonstrated by doing the right thing for the sake of doing the right thing.

I judge my growth by how good I am to people who can do nothing for me
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Elder's Meditation of the Day
« Last post by CD on October 16, 2014, 02:38:31 PM »
Elder's Meditation of the Day        October 16 , 2014
"Many religions have been brought to this land. And the way my religion is, they teach me, and they taught me, and told me to resect all religions. And I still do that."   
--Horace Axtell, NEZ PERCE
The Creator put on this Earth many different religions which represent different roads to walk to God. All religions are right and good if the path is the path to God. Should we be judging which road is better or worse than the other? When we accept each other's way we can stand in a circle, hold hands and listen to each other as we pray to God. Let us be more accepting of the religions of others.
Great Spirit - God, Grandfather, Grandmother, Lord - let me know peace.

 
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Thursday, October 16, 2014
You are reading from the book The Language of Letting Go
Being Honest with Ourselves

Our relationship with ourselves is the most important relationship we need to maintain. The quality of that relationship will determine the quality of our other relationships.

When we can tell ourselves how we feel, and accept our feelings, we can tell others.

When we can accept what we want and need, we will be ready to have our wants and needs met.

When we can accept what we think and believe, and accept what's important to us, we can relay this to others.

When we learn to take ourselves seriously, others will too.

When we learn to chuckle at ourselves, we will be ready to laugh with others.

When we have learned to trust ourselves, we will be trustworthy and ready to trust.

When we can be grateful for who we are, we will have achieved self-love.

When we have achieved self-love and accepting our wants and needs, we will be ready to give and receive love.

When we've learned to stand on our own two feet, we're ready to stand next to someone.

Today, I will focus on having a good relationship with myself.
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 15, 2014, 05:27:30 PM »

October 15 , 2014

Choices

 “We did not choose to become addicts.”

Basic Text, p. 3

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When we were growing up, all of us had dreams.  Every child has heard a relative or neighbor ask, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  Even if some of us didn’t have elaborate dreams of success, most of us dreamed of work, families, and a future of dignity and respect.  But no one asked, “Do you want to be a drug addict when you grow up?”

We didn’t choose to become addicts, and we cannot choose to stop being addicts.  We have the disease of addiction.  We are not responsible for having it, but we are responsible for our recovery.  Having learned that we are sick people and that there is a way of recovery, we can move away from blaming circumstances—or ourselves—and into living the solution.  We didn’t choose addiction, but we can choose recovery.

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Just for today:  I choose recovery.


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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
« Last post by CD on October 15, 2014, 05:26:41 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       10/15/14


You will be happy to know that the universal law that created miracles has not been repealed.

I am a realist. I count on miracles.
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Elder's Meditation of the Day
« Last post by CD on October 15, 2014, 05:25:25 PM »
Elder's Meditation of the Day             October 15,2014
"All of us begin to rethink what is good about ourselves - put the past where it belongs - and get on with the possibilities of the present!"   
--Howard Rainer, TAOS PUEBLO-CREEK
There is a saying, you move toward and become that which you think about. So the question for today is, what are you thinking about? Are you thinking bad things about yourself or are you thinking good things about yourself? Are you thinking about a worldly life? Are you thinking good things about people or are you gossiping about people? Are you focusing on past things or are you living in the future? We need to bring our thoughts into the NOW, right here.
Great Spirit, let me experience living in the present moment.

 
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014
You are reading from the book The Language of Letting Go
Letting Go of Chaos

No good work comes from unrest.

Unrest, fear, anger, or sadness may motivate us. These feelings are sometimes intended to compel action. But our best work emerges after these feelings have been replaced by peace.

We will not accomplish our task any sooner, or any better, by performing it out of a sense of urgency, fear, anger, or sadness.

Let go of unrest. Let peace fill the void. We do not have to forfeit our power, our God given personal power - or our peace - to do the work as we are called upon to do today. We will be given all the power we need to do what we are meant to do, when it is time.

Let peace come first. Then proceed. The task will get done, naturally and on time.

Today, I will get peaceful first, and let my work and life emerge from that base.
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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