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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Elder's Meditation of the Day
« Last post by CD on October 18, 2014, 02:02:08 PM »
Elder's Meditation of the Day       October 18,2014
"But we have to stick by the wisdom of our ancestors..."   
--Paula Weasel Head, BLOOD
A long time ago the Elders and our ancestors learned to walk on the Earth and to live in harmony. They were taught the Laws which govern everything, and they were taught traditional values. This wisdom should be made available to the younger generations. We need to speak to the Elders and learn from them. We need to do this so we can pass the knowledge on to our children.
My Creator, help me learn the wisdom of my ancestors.

 
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Saturday, October 18, 2014
You are reading from the book The Language of Letting Go
Throwing Out the Rule Book

Many of us feel like we need a rulebook, a microscope, and a warranty to get through life. We feel uncertain, frightened. We want the security of knowing what's going to happen, and how we shall act.

We don't trust life or ourselves.

We don't trust the Plan.

We want to be in control.

"I've made terrible mistakes about my choices, mistakes that nearly destroyed me. Life has really shocked me. How can I trust myself? How can I trust life, and my instincts, after where I've been?" asked one woman.

It is understandable that we fear being crushed again, considering the way many of us were when we bottomed out on our codependency. We don't have to be fearful. We can trust our self, our path, and our instincts.

Yes, we want to avoid making the same mistakes again. We are not the same people we were yesterday or last year. We've learned, grown, changed. We did what we needed to do then. If we made a mistake, we cannot let that stop us from living and fully experiencing today.

We have arrived at the understanding that we needed our experiences - even our mistakes - to get to where we are today. Do we know that we needed our life to unfold exactly as it did to find ourselves, our Higher Power, and this new way of life? Or is part of us still calling our past a mistake?

We can let go of our past and trust ourselves now. We do not have to punish ourselves with our past. We don't need a rulebook, a microscope, a warranty. All we really need is a mirror. We can look into the mirror and say, "I trust you. No matter what happens, you can take care of yourself. And what happens will continue to be good, better than you think."

Today, I will stop clinging to the painful lessons of the past. I will open myself to the positive lessons today and tomorrow hold for me. I trust that I can and will take care of myself now. I trust that the Plan is good, even when I don't know what it is.
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 17, 2014, 05:33:19 PM »
October 17, 2014

“The Truth”

  “Everything we know is subject to revision, especially what we know about the truth.”

Basic Text, p. 94

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Many of us thought we could recognize “The Truth.”  We believed the truth was one thing, certain and unchanging, which we could grasp easily and without question.  The real truth, however, was that we often couldn’t see the truth if it hit us square in the face.  Our disease colored everything in our lives, especially our perception of the truth—in fact, what we “knew” about the truth nearly killed us.  Before we could begin to recognize truth, we had to switch our allegiance from our addiction to a Higher Power, the source of all that is good and true.

The truth has changed as our faith in a Higher Power has grown.  As we’ve worked the steps, our entire lives have begun to change through the healing power of the principles of recovery.  In order to open the door for that change, we have had to surrender our attachment to an unchanging and rigid truth.

The truth becomes purer and simpler each time we encounter it.  And just as the steps work in our lives every day—if we allow them—our understanding of the truth may change each day as we grow.

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Just for today:  I will open my eyes and my heart to the changes brought about by the steps.  With an open mind, I can understand the truth in my life today.


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 17, 2014, 05:32:18 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote            10/17/14


Before spiritual awakening...work steps, make coffee, carry the message. After spiritual awakening...keep working steps, keep making coffee, keep carrying the message. -Zen for the 12 Steps-

Enlightment is my ego's greatest disappointment.
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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.


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 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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