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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by CD on September 23, 2014, 04:09:07 PM »

September 23, 2014

Dealing with gossip

“In accordance with the principles of recovery, we try not to judge, stereotype, or moralize with each other.”

Basic Text, p. 11

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Let’s face it:  In Narcotics Anonymous, we live in a glass house of sorts.  Our fellow members know more about our personal lives than anyone has ever known before.  They know who we spend our time with, where we work, what step we’re on, how many children we have, and so forth.  And what our fellow members don’t know, they will probably imagine.

We may be unhappy when others gossip about us.  But if we withdraw from the fellowship and isolate ourselves to avoid gossip, we also rob ourselves of the love, friendship, and unparalleled experience with recovery that our fellow members have to offer.  A better way to deal with gossip is to simply accept the way things are and the way we are, and live our lives according to principles.  The more secure we become with our personal program, the decisions we make, and the guidance we receive from a loving God, the less the opinions of others will concern us.

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Just for today:  I am committed to being involved in the NA Fellowship.  The opinions of others will not affect my commitment to recovery.

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 September 23, 2014, 04:08:15 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      9/23/14


Courage is more complex than spontaneous reactions to traumatic events. It may take courage to rush into a burning building or jump in a river to save a life, but they are almost instinctual. Sharing your deep feelings might be an act of courage far beyond gallant feats.

My courage is my fear in action.
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Elder's Meditation of the Day
« Last post by CD on September 23, 2014, 04:07:17 PM »
Elder's Meditation of the Day           September 23, 2014
"When that spirit comes, we don't ever ask questions. If I don't understand, I just hold onto it. Then later down the road, maybe in a couple of years, I understand what that spirit meant."   
--Wallace Black Elk, LAKOTA
At certain spiritual events or happenings, it is possible for the spirits to come. Sometimes these spirits look like sparklers of light, sometimes you can feel them, sometimes they will look like live human beings. The spirits always come for a reason. When we deal with the spirit world, we need to be patient. The Great Spirit will tell us the meaning of these happenings when He is ready.
Great Spirit, let me be aware of Your presence.
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: You are reading from the book The Language of Letting Go.
« Last post by CD on September 23, 2014, 04:06:00 PM »
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
You are reading from the book The Language of Letting Go
Tolerance

Practice tolerance.

Tolerate our quirks, our feelings, our reactions, our peculiarities, and our humanness. Tolerate our ups and downs, our resistance to change, and our struggling and sometimes awkward nature.

Tolerate our fears, our mistakes, our natural tendency to duck from problems, and pain. Tolerate our hesitancy to get close, expose ourselves, and be vulnerable.

Tolerate our need to occasionally feel superior, to sometimes feel ashamed, and to occasionally share love as an equal. Tolerate the way we progress - a few steps forward, and a couple back.

Tolerate our instinctive desire to control and how we reluctantly learn to practice detachment. Tolerate the way we say we want love, and then sometimes push others away. Tolerate our tendency to get obsessive, forget to trust God, and occasionally get stuck.

Some things we do not tolerate. Do not tolerate abusive or destructive behaviors toward others or ourselves.

Practice healthy, loving tolerance of ourselves, said one man. When we do, we'll learn tolerance for others. Then, take it one step further; learn that all the humanness we're tolerating is what makes ourselves and others beautiful.

Today, I will be tolerant of myself. From that, I will learn appropriate tolerance of 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 September 22, 2014, 04:02:28 PM »

September 22, 2014

Keeping the gift

“Life takes on a new meaning when we open ourselves to this gift.”

Basic Text, p. 102

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Neglecting our recovery is like neglecting any other gift we’ve been given.  Suppose someone gave you a new car.  Would you let it sit in the driveway until the tires rotted?  Would you just drive it, ignoring routine maintenance, until it expired on the road?  Of course not!  You would go to great lengths to maintain the condition of such a valuable gift.

Recovery is also a gift, and we have to care for it if we want to keep it.  While our recovery doesn’t come with an extended warranty, there is a routine maintenance schedule.  This maintenance includes regular meeting attendance and various forms of service.  We’ll have to do some daily cleaning—our Tenth Step—and, once in a while, a major Fourth Step overhaul will be required.  But if we maintain the gift of recovery, thanking the Giver each day, it will continue.

The gift of recovery is one that grows with the giving.  Unless we give it away, we can’t keep it.  But in sharing our recovery with others, we come to value it all the more.

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Just for today:  My recovery is a gift, and I want to keep it.  I’ll do the required maintenance, and I’ll share my recovery with others.

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 September 22, 2014, 04:01:52 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     9/22/14


'When adversity strikes, my message is always, Even this will pass...and better days than we have ever experienced will come.' ~Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

I can't run from God, so I let God run me.
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Elder's Meditation of the Day
« Last post by CD on September 22, 2014, 04:01:01 PM »
Elder's Meditation of the Day       September 22, 2014
"I think the spiritual values come first and everything else follows."   
--Leonard George, Chief Councilor
To properly develop, the human being needs to learn the guiding principles. It is from these principles that we make our decisions. Spiritual values are the guiding principles given to us by the Great Spirit. He says if we live by these spiritual values, the results we experience will be good. These spiritual values will develop and guide the human being by helping us to think right. Right thinking will improve our choices and decisions. Doing this will bring good consequences.
Great Spirit, teach me values first.
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: You are reading from the book The Language of Letting Go.
« Last post by CD on September 22, 2014, 04:00:07 PM »
Monday, September 22, 2014
You are reading from the book The Language of Letting Go
Trusting Ourselves

Many of us believed that heeding the words of God or our Higher Power meant following rigid rules, an instruction booklet for life.

Many of us now believe differently. The rigid rules, the endless instructions, the exhortation to perfection, are not the words our Higher Power whispers.

The words of God are often those still, small words we call intuition or instinct, leading and guiding us forward.

We are free to be whom we are, to listen to and trust ourselves. We are free to listen to the gentle, loving words of a Higher Power, words whispered to and through each of us.

Today, help me, God; to let go of shame based rigid rules. I will choose the freedom of loving, listening, and trusting.
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 September 21, 2014, 02:40:03 PM »
September 21 , 2014

Prayer

“Prayer takes practice, and we should remind ourselves that skilled people were not born with their skills.”

Basic Text, p. 45

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Many of us came into recovery with no experience in prayer and worried about not knowing the “right words.”  Some of us remembered the words we’d learned in childhood but weren’t sure we believed in those words anymore.  Whatever our background, in recovery we struggled to find words that spoke truly from our hearts.

Often the first prayer we attempt is a simple request to our Higher Power asking for help in staying clean each day.  We may ask for guidance and courage or simply pray for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry that out.  If we find ourselves stumbling in our prayers, we may ask other members to share with us about how they learned to pray.  No matter whether we pray in need or pray in joy, the important thing is to keep making the effort.

Our prayers will be shaped by our experience with the Twelve Steps and our personal understanding of a Higher Power.  As our relationship with that Higher Power develops, we become more comfortable with prayer.  In time, prayer becomes a source of strength and comfort.  We seek that source often and willingly.

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Just for today:  I know that prayer can be simple.  I will start where I am and practice.

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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 September 21, 2014, 02:38:50 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      9/21/14


Do you like being lied to? Didn't think so. Yet how many times have you said, 'I'm fine' or 'Everything's OK' when it's not? When your friends ask how you are, they deserve not to be lied to. When you lie to others, you lie to yourself.

I am authentic with others and thus myself.
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