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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by CD on September 09, 2015, 12:43:49 PM »
September 9 , 2015

Feet of clay

“One of the biggest stumbling blocks to recovery seems to be placing unrealistic expectations on... others.”

Basic Text, p. 82

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Many of us come into Narcotics Anonymous feeling pretty poorly about ourselves.  By comparison, the recovering addicts we meet at meetings may seem almost superhumanly serene.  These wise, loving people have many months, even years of living in accordance with spiritual principles, giving of themselves to others without expecting anything back.  We trust them, allowing them to love us until we can love ourselves.  We expect them to make everything alright again.

Then the glow of early recovery begins to fade, and we start to see the human side of our NA friends and sponsor.  Perhaps a fellow member of our home group stands us up for a coffee date, or we see two oldtimers bickering at a committee meeting, or we realize our sponsor has a defect of character or two.  We’re crushed, disillusioned—these recovering addicts aren’t perfect after all!  How can we possibly trust them anymore?

Somewhere between “the heroes of recovery” and “the lousy NA bums” lies the truth:  Our fellow addicts are neither completely bad nor completely good.  After all, if they were perfect, they wouldn’t need this program.  Our friends and sponsor are ordinary recovering addicts, just like we are.  We can relate to their ordinary recovery experience and use it in our own program.

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Just for today:  My friends and my sponsor are human, just like me—and I trust their experience all the more for that.

Copyright © 1991-2015 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 09, 2015, 12:42:21 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     9/9/15


Take a breath and hold it. Take another and hold, hold, hold. You can see that you can't live on the inhale alone. The inhale is the breath of the program bringing you life. The exhale is you working with others.

I inhale healing for my soul and exhale hope for others.
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by CD on September 08, 2015, 06:11:10 PM »
September 8 , 2015

Rebellion

“We need not lose faith when we become rebellious.”

Basic Text, p. 35

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Many of us have lived our entire lives in revolt.  Our initial response to any type of direction is often negative.  Automatic rejection of authority seems to be a troubling character defect for many addicts.

A thorough self-examination can show us how we react to the world around us.  We can ask ourselves if our rebellion against people, places, and institutions is justified.  If we keep writing long enough, we can usually get past what others did and uncover our own part in our affairs.  We find that what others did to us was not as important as how we responded to the situations we found ourselves in.

Regular inventory allows us to examine the patterns in our reactions to life and see if we are prone to chronic rebelliousness.  Sometimes we will find that, while we may usually go along with what is suggested to us rather than risk rejection, we secretly harbor resentments against authority.  If left to themselves, these resentments can lead us away from our program of recovery.

The inventory process allows us to uncover, evaluate, and alter our rebellious patterns. We can’t change the world by taking an inventory, but we can change the way we react to it.

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Just for today:  I want freedom from the turmoil of rebelliousness.  Before I act, I will inventory myself and think about my true values.

Copyright © 1991-2015 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 08, 2015, 06:10:10 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       9/8/15


Daily meditation for about 20 minutes is recommended for all in recovery, unless of course, you're very busy then you should meditate for an hour.

May I be blessed with a slow recovery.
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
« Last post by CD on September 07, 2015, 03:57:54 PM »

September 7  , 2015

Resentment and forgiveness

“Where there has been wrong, the program teaches us the spirit of forgiveness.”

Basic Text, p. 12

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In NA, we begin to interact with the world around us.  We no longer live in isolation.  But freedom from isolation has its price:  The more we interact with people, the more often we’ll find someone stepping on our toes.  And such are the circumstances in which resentments are often born.

Resentments, justified or not, are dangerous to our ongoing recovery.  The longer we harbor resentments, the more bitter they become, eventually poisoning us.  To stay clean, we must find the capacity to let go of our resentments, the capacity to forgive.  We first develop this capacity in working Steps Eight and Nine, and we keep it alive by regularly taking the Tenth Step.

Sometimes when we are unwilling to forgive, it helps to remember that we, too, may someday require another person’s forgiveness.  Haven’t we all, at one time or another, done something that we deeply regretted?  And aren’t we healed in some measure when others accept our sincere amends?

An attitude of forgiveness is a little easier to develop when we remember that we are all doing the very best we can.  And someday we, too, will need forgiveness.

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Just for today:  I will let go of my resentments.  Today, if I am wronged, I will practice forgiveness, knowing that I need forgiveness myself.

Copyright © 1991-2015 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 07, 2015, 03:57:00 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       9/7/15


Even though you are a unique human being, you are not so unique that your recovery is any different then thousands before you. If you think we don't understand something about your situation, then your disease is playing tricks on you.

I am unique, just like everyone else.
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by CD on September 06, 2015, 06:48:14 PM »
September 6 , 2015

Regular meeting attendance

“We have learned from our group experience that those who keep coming to our meetings regularly stay clean.”

Basic Text, p. 9

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The NA program gives us a new pattern of living.  One of the basic elements of that new pattern is regular meeting attendance.  For the newcomer, living clean is a brand-new experience.  All that once was familiar is changed.  The old people, places, and things that served as props on the stage of our lives are gone.  New stresses appear, no longer masked or deadened by drugs.  That’s why we often suggest that newcomers attend a meeting every day.  No matter what comes up, no matter how crazy the day gets, we know that our daily meeting awaits us.  There, we can renew contact with other recovering addicts, people who know what we’re going through because they’ve been through it themselves.  No day needs to go by without the relief we get only from such fellowship.

As we mature in recovery, we get the same kinds of benefits from regular meeting attendance.  Regardless of how long we’ve been clean, we never stop being addicts.  True, we probably won’t immediately start using mass quantities of drugs if we miss our meetings for a few days.  But the more regularly we attend NA meetings, the more we reinforce our identity as recovering addicts.  And each meeting helps put us that much further from becoming using addicts again.

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Just for today:  I will make a commitment to include regular meeting attendance as a part of my new pattern of living.

Copyright © 1991-2015 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 06, 2015, 06:47:08 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote     9/6/15


Anger can be a source of personal power for people. When you get angry at God or others, even yourself, you feel the energy and you feel strong, not the helplessness of tears. Anger is a form of emotional denial.

Anger 'may be the dubious luxury of normal men' but it is not for me. (P 66, AA Big Book)
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by CD on September 05, 2015, 02:12:35 PM »
September 5 , 2015

Not hopelessly bad

“We find that we suffer from a disease, not a moral dilemma.  We were critically ill, not hopelessly bad.”

Basic Text, p. 16

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For many of us, Narcotics Anonymous was the answer to a personal puzzle of long standing.  Why did we always feel alone, even in a crowd, we wondered?  Why did we do so many crazy, self-destructive things?  Why did we feel so badly about ourselves so much of the time?  And how had our lives gotten so messed up?  We thought we were hopelessly bad, or perhaps hopelessly insane.

Given that, it was a great relief to learn we suffered from a disease.  Addiction—that was the source of our problems.  A disease, we realized, could be treated.  And when we treat our disease, we can begin to recover.

Today, when we see symptoms of our disease resurfacing in our lives, we need not despair.  After all, it’s a treatable disease we have, not a moral dilemma.  We can be grateful we can recover from the disease of addiction through the application of the Twelve Steps of NA.

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Just for today:  I am grateful that I have a treatable disease, not a moral dilemma.  I will continue applying the treatment for the disease of addiction by practicing the NA program.

Copyright © 1991-2015 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 05, 2015, 02:11:02 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote         9/5/15


'There are no deals being offered here. You cannot trade the courage needed to live every moment for immunity from life's sorrows.' ~Oriah Mountain Dreamer, The Invitation.

To gain that worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else.
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