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Sunday, October 26, 2014
You are reading from the book The Language of Letting Go
Clarity

I know better than to not trust God., But sometimes, I forget that.

When we are in the midst of an experience, it is easy to forget that there is a Plan. Sometimes, all we can see is today.

If we were to watch only two minutes of the middle of a television program, it would make little sense. It would be a disconnected event.

If we were to watch a weaver sewing a tapestry for only a few moments, and focused on only a small piece of the work, it would not look beautiful. It would look like a few peculiar threads randomly placed.

How often we use that same, limited perspective to look at our life - especially when we are going through a difficult time.

We can learn to have perspective when we are going through those confusing, difficult learning times. When we are being pelted by events that make us feel, think, and question, we are in the midst of learning something important.

We can trust that something valuable is being worked out in us - even when things are difficult, even when we cannot get our bearings. Insight and clarity do not come until we have mastered our lesson.

Faith is like a muscle. It must be exercised to grow strong. Repeated experiences of having to trust what we can't see and repeated experiences of learning to trust that things will work out are what makes our faith muscles grow strong.

Today, I will trust that the events in my life are not random. My experiences are not a mistake. The Universe, my Higher Power, and life are not picking on me. I am going through what I need to go through to learn something valuable, something that will prepare me for the joy and love I am seeking.
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 25, 2014, 01:21:14 PM »

October 25 , 2014

Principles before personalities

“Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.”

Tradition Twelve

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“Principles before personalities.”  Many of us chant these words along with the reader whenever the Twelve Traditions are read.  The fact that these words have become a cliche of sorts doesn’t make them any less important, either in service or in our lives.  These words are an affirmation:  “We listen to our conscience and do what’s right, no matter who’s involved.”  And that principle serves as one of the cornerstones of recovery as well as our traditions.

What does “principles before personalities” really mean?  It means we practice honesty, humility, compassion, tolerance, and patience with everyone, whether we like them or not.  Putting principles before personalities teaches us to treat everyone equally.  The Twelfth Step asks us to apply principles in all our affairs; the Twelfth Tradition suggests we apply them to our relations with everyone.

Practicing principles doesn’t stop with our friends or when we leave a meeting.  It’s for every day, for everyone… in all areas of our lives.

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Just for today:  I will listen to my conscience and do what’s right.  My focus will be on principles, not on people’s personalities.



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 25, 2014, 01:20:12 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       10/25/14


On the way to becoming an old-timer, there are those who glow in their growing and those who are slow in their growing. The person who glows is always able to see the larger picture and the one who doesn't stays focused in their own little world. See yourself as a small part of a magnificent whole and do not see self as the whole.

The fellowship is not my whole world but my world wouldn't be whole without it.
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Elder's Meditation of the Day
« Last post by CD on October 25, 2014, 01:19:08 PM »
Elder's Meditation of the Day       October 25 , 2014
"What does it matter how long I pray, so long as my prayers are answered?"   
--Sitting Bull, HUNKPAPA LAKOTA
Too often we worry about the words we use in prayer. We focus on the words. What really counts is the spirit and intent behind our words. It is the spirit and intent that the Creator responds to. He reads and listens to our heart. Prayer isn't only when we fold our hands and pray. Prayer is when we talk to the Creator even when we are walking down a path or sitting on a hill or walking in the mountains. The Elders say, walk in prayer. We should be willing to talk with the Great One.
Great Spirit, today I will pray to You all day. Listen to my heart.
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Saturday, October 25, 2014
You are reading from the book The Language of Letting Go
Letting Go of the Past

... in thy book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me when as yet there was none of them.
  —Ps. 139:16

Some people believe that each of our days were planned, Divinely Ordered, before we were born. God knew, they say, and planned exactly what was to transpire.

Others suggest we chose, we participated in planning our life - the events, the people, the circumstances that were to take place, in order to work through our issues and learn the lessons we needed to master.

Whatever our philosophy, our interpretation can be similar: Our past is neither an accident nor a mistake. We have been where we needed to be, with the necessary people. We can embrace our history, with its pain, its imperfections, and its mistakes, even its tragedies. It is uniquely ours; it was intended just for us.

Today, we are right where we need to be. Our present circumstances are exactly as they need to be - for now.

Today, I will let go of my guilt and fear about my past and present circumstances. I will trust that where I have been and where I am now are right for me.
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 24, 2014, 12:14:17 PM »
October 24 2014

Responsibility

“We are not responsible for our disease, only for our recovery.  As we begin to apply what we have learned, our lives begin to change for the better.”

Basic Text, p. 91

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The further we go in recovery, the less we avoid responsibility for ourselves and our actions.  By applying the principles of the Narcotics Anonymous program, we are able to change our lives.  Our existence takes on new meaning as we accept responsibility and the freedom of choice responsibility implies.  We do not take recovery for granted.

We take responsibility for our recovery by working the Twelve Steps with a sponsor.  We go to meetings regularly and share with the newcomer what was freely given to us: the gift of recovery.  We become involved with our home group and accept responsibility for our part in sharing recovery with the still-suffering addict.  As we learn how to effectively practice spiritual principles in all areas of our lives, the quality of our lives improves.

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Just for today:  Using the spiritual tools I’ve gained in recovery, I am willing and able to make responsible choices.


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 24, 2014, 12:12:45 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       10/24/14


You cannot go back and make new choices or change the outcome of the past. But you can face the demons of your past and change your destiny.

Not everything I face can be changed, but nothing can be changed until I face it.
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Elder's Meditation of the Day
« Last post by CD on October 24, 2014, 12:11:51 PM »
Elder's Meditation of the Day       October 24 , 2014
"We create that bad among ourselves. We create it; then we try to call it devil, Satan, or evil. But man creates it. There is no devil. Man creates the devil."   
--Wallace Black Elk, LAKOTA
Inside every human being are the laws and codes by which we should live. These laws and codes are communicated to us through a little voice. When we are still, this voice guides us. If we choose to live out of harmony, our lives become filled with anger, hate, selfishness, dishonesty, etc... When these things appear in our lives, we give up accountability and blame it on something or someone else. If we want to live in harmony, we need to pray our way back to living the principles the Creator gave us.
Grandfather, today let me walk with the principles.

 
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Friday, October 24, 2014
You are reading from the book The Language of Letting Go
Opening Ourselves to Love

Open ourselves to the love that is available to us.

We do not have to limit our sources of love. God and the Universe have an unlimited supply of what we need, including love.

When we are open to receiving love, we will begin to receive it. It may come from the most surprising places, including from within us.

We will be open to and aware of the love that is and has been there for us all along. We will feel and appreciate the love from friends. We will notice and enjoy the love that comes to us from family.

We will be ready to receive love in our special love relationships too. We do not have to accept love from unsafe people - people who will exploit us or with whom we don't want to have relationships.

But there is plenty of good love available - love that heals our heart, meets our needs, and makes our spirit sing.

We have denied ourselves too long. We have been martyrs too long. We have given so much and allowed ourselves to receive too little. We have paid our dues. It is time to continue the chain of giving and receiving by allowing ourselves to receive.

Today, I will open myself to the love that is coming to me from the Universe. I will accept it and enjoy it when it comes.
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 22, 2014, 06:50:01 PM »
October 22 , 2014

Look who’s talking

“Our disease is so cunning that it can get us into impossible situations.”

Basic Text, p. 83

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Some of us say, “My disease is talking to me.”  Others say, “My head won’t turn off.”  Still others refer to “the committee in my mind” or “the monkey on my back.”  Let’s face it.  We suffer from an incurable malady that continues to affect us, even in recovery.  Our disease gives us warped information about what’s going on in our lives.  It tells us not to look at ourselves because what we’ll see is too scary.  Sometimes it tells us we’re not responsible for ourselves and our actions; other times, it tells us that everything wrong with the world is our fault.  Our disease tricks us into trusting it.

The NA program provides us with many voices that counter our addiction, voices we can trust.  We can call our sponsor for a reality check.  We can listen to the voice of an addict trying to get clean.  The ultimate solution is to work the steps and draw on the strength of a Higher Power.  That will get us through those times when “our disease is talking.”

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Just for today:  I will ignore the “voice” of my addiction.  I will listen to the voice of my program and a Power greater than myself.


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

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