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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by CD on August 27, 2014, 01:48:49 PM »

August 27, 2014

Choosing life

“Change from self-destructive patterns of life became necessary.”

Basic Text, p. 15

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Active addiction is a smoldering death-wish.  Each of us courted death every time we used.  Our lifestyles, too, put us at risk.  The life of an addict is sold cheaply with every day and every dose.

In recovery, the first pattern we change is the pattern of using.  Staying clean is the start of our journey into life.  But our self-destructive behavior usually went far deeper than just our using.  Even in recovery, we may still treat ourselves as if we are worthless.  When we treat ourselves badly, we feel badly.  And when we feel badly, we seek relief—maybe even in our old solution, drugs.

Choosing recovery means choosing life.  We decide each day that we want to live and be free.  Each time we avoid self-destructive behavior, we choose recovery.

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Just for today:  I will choose life by choosing recovery.  I will take care of myself.

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 August 27, 2014, 01:47:59 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     8/27/14


Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen To Good People said that pain is the price we pay for being alive. So instead of wondering why we feel pain, more correctly we should ask, 'What can I do to make my pain mean something more than suffering?'

A No Pain; No Gain/Know Pain; Know Gain
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Elder's Meditation of the Day
« Last post by CD on August 27, 2014, 01:47:03 PM »
Elder's Meditation of the Day      August 27,2014
"We begin by letting the Powers know that we are willing to be their servants to others."   
--Fools Crow, LAKOTA
There are certain prayers or actions we can take that will call the Powers. The Powers can only work through the people. The Powers are always waiting to express themselves through people that are ready. Every person born is born with a purpose. They have a song to sing. They have a mission to accomplish. Every true purpose will always be about serving the Creator and helping others. When we let the Powers know that we are ready to serve the people, the Powers get excited because they can now do things to help the people and make things better for them. The decision is powerful because it turns an idea into action.
Great Spirit, the greatest joy or feeling that I have ever experienced is when you are using me to help the people, the feeling of giving, the feeling of being your channel. Today, let me have that feeling of giving. Use me as You will.

 
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
You are reading from the book The Language of Letting Go
Procrastination

Procrastination - not acting when the time is right - is a self-defeating behavior. It produces anxiety, guilt, disharmony, and a nagging consciousness of the task that life is telling us it's time to do.

We are not always procrastinating when we put off doing something. Sometimes, doing a thing before the time is right can be as self-defeating as waiting too long.

We can learn to discern the difference. Listen to yourself. Listen to the Universe. What is past due and creating anxiety and prodding within you?

Is there something in your life you are avoiding because you don't want to face it? Is there a building anxiety from putting this off?

Sometimes anger, fear, or feeling helpless can motivate procrastination. Sometimes, procrastination has simply become habitual.

Trust and listen to yourself, your Higher Power, and the Universe. Watch for signs and signals. If it is time to do something, do it now. If it is not yet time, wait until the time is right.

God, help me learn to be on time and in harmony with my life. Help me tune in to and trust Divine Timing and Order.
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 August 26, 2014, 12:12:01 PM »

August 26 2014         NAWS

Tenth Step inventory

“We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.”

Step Ten

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A daily Tenth Step keeps us on a sound spiritual footing.  While each member asks different questions, some questions have been found to be helpful to almost everyone.  Two key Tenth Step questions are, “Am I honestly in touch with myself, my actions, and my motives?  And have I prayed for God’s will for me and the power to carry it out?”  These two questions, answered honestly, will lead us into a more thorough look at our day.

When focusing on our relationships with others, we may ask, “Have I harmed anyone today, either directly or indirectly?  Do I need to make amends to anyone as a result of my actions today?”  We keep it simple in our inventory if we remember to ask, “Where was I wrong?  How can I do it better next time?”

NA members often find that their inventories include other important questions.  “Was I good to myself today?  Did I do something for someone else and expect nothing in return?  Have I reaffirmed my faith in a loving Higher Power?”

Step Ten is a maintenance step of the NA program.  The Tenth Step helps us to continue living comfortably in recovery.

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Just for today:  I will remember to review my day.  If I have harmed another, I will make amends.  I will think about how I can act differently.

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 August 26, 2014, 12:10:59 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      8/26/14


In light of your recovery, when dealing with family and friends, you may have to make some unpopular decisions and enforce them. Be open to moving toward the middle of issues that don't com-promise your principles and going to any length for those that do.

My recovery is Twelve Steps past any lengths.
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Elder's Meditation of the Day
« Last post by CD on August 26, 2014, 12:09:57 PM »
Elder's Meditation of the Day     August 26 , 2014
"Those who live for one another learn that love is the bond of perfect unity."   
--Fools Crow, LAKOTA
To serve each other, to respect each other, to trust each other, to honor each other, to love each other, to cooperate with each other, to care for each other, to forgive one another, to focus on peoples' good, to laugh with one another, to learn from one another, to pray for each other; these are all acts of love. These values and actions will connect us to one another in the Unseen World. Nature is a good example of how we should get along with one another. Watch nature. She is our teacher. Nature lives to give to one another. The insects give to the birds, who give to the four legged, who give to the two legged. The Creator made all things perfect.
Oh Great Spirit, let me serve the people today. Let me see that it is better to give than it is to receive. Be with me today.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014
You are reading from the book The Language of Letting Go
Making Amends

Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  —Step Nine of Al-Anon

When we make amends we need to be clear about what we're apologizing for and the best way to say we're sorry. What we are really doing with our amends is taking responsibility for our behavior. We need to be sure that the process itself will not be self-defeating or hurtful.

Sometimes, we need to directly apologize for a particular thing we have done or our part in a problem.

Other times, instead of saying "I'm sorry," what we need to do is work on changing our behavior with a person.

There are times when bringing up what we have done and apologizing for it will make matters worse.

We need to trust timing, intuition, and guidance in this process of making amends. Once we become willing, we can let go and tackle our amends in a peaceful, consistent, harmonious way. If nothing feels right or appropriate, if it feels as if what we are about to do will cause a crisis or havoc, we need to trust that feeling.

Attitude, honesty, openness, and willingness count here. In peace and harmony, we can strive to clear up our relationships.

We deserve to be at peace with others and ourselves.

Today, I will be open to making any amends I need to make with people. I will wait for Divine Guidance in the process of making any amends that are not clear to me. I will act, when led. God, help me let go of my fear about facing people and taking responsibility for my behaviors. Help me know I am not diminishing my self-esteem by doing this; I am improving it.
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 August 25, 2014, 06:33:40 PM »
August 25,2014

The Ninth Step—reclaiming life

“We are achieving freedom from the wreckage of our past.”

Basic Text, p. 42

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When we start the Ninth Step, we’ve reached an exciting stage in our recovery.  The damage done in our lives is what led many of us to seek help in the first place.  Now, we have a chance to clean up that wreckage, amend our past, and reclaim our lives.

We’ve spent a long time and much effort preparing for this step.  When we came to NA, facing the debris of our past was probably the lastthing we wanted to do.  We started doing it privately with a personal inventory.  Then, we opened our past up to the scrutiny of a select, trusted few: ourselves, our Higher Power, and one other person.  We took a look at our shortcomings, the source of much of the chaos in our lives, and asked that all those defects of character be removed.  Finally, we listed the amends needed to set our wrongs right—all of them—and became willing to make them.

Now, we have the opportunity to make amends—to acquire freedom from the wreckage of our past.  Everything we’ve done so far in NA has led us here.  At this point in the process of our recovery, the Ninth Step is exactly what we want to do.  With the Twelve Steps and the help of a Higher Power, we are clearing away the rubble that for so long has stood in the way of our progress; we are gaining the freedom to live.

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Just for today:  I will take advantage of the opportunity to reclaim my life.  I will experience freedom from the wreckage of my past.

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 August 25, 2014, 06:32:47 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      8/25/14


We hug a lot. This can make newcomers uncomfortable because they are not used to being given love and attention without serious strings attached. By your example, you can teach them there are no strings to this love.

A hug is a great gift. One size fits all.
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