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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by CD on August 26, 2015, 07:39:49 PM »

August 26 / 2015

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 © 1991-2015 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 August 26, 2015, 07:38:27 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       8/26/15


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: Just For Today
« Last post by CD on August 17, 2015, 10:56:55 PM »

August 17 , 2015

Tell the truth

“A symptom of our disease is alienation, and honest sharing will free us to recover.”

Basic Text, p. 80

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Truth connects us to life while fear, isolation, and dishonesty alienate us from it.  As using addicts, we hid as much of the truth about ourselves from as much of the world as we possibly could.  Our fear kept us from opening ourselves up to those around us, providing protection against what others might do if we appeared vulnerable.  But our fear also kept us from connecting with our world.  We lived like alien beings on our own planet, always alone and getting lonelier by the minute.

The Twelve Steps and the fellowship of recovering addicts give people like us a place where we can feel safe telling the truth about ourselves.  We are able to honestly admit our frustrating, humbling powerlessness over addiction because we meet many others who’ve been in the same situation—we’re safe among them.  And we keep on telling more of the truth about ourselves as we continue to work the steps.  The more we do, the more truly connected we feel to the world around us.

Today, we need not hide from the reality of our relations with the people, places, and things in our lives.  We accept those relationships just as they are, and we own our part in them.  We take time every day to ask, “Am I telling the truth about myself?”  Each time we do this, we draw that much further away from the alienation that characterizes our addiction, and that much closer to the freedom recovery can bring us.

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Just for today:  Truth is my connection to reality.  Today, I will take time to ask myself, “Am I telling the truth?”

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 August 17, 2015, 10:55:09 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote        8/17/15


How to share what it was like, what happened, and what it is like now. Be sincere. Be brief. Be seated.

When I share, I share to draw attention to the message, not the messenger
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by CD on August 16, 2015, 05:44:52 PM »

August 16 , 2015

Up or down

“This is our road to spiritual growth.  We change every day....  This growth is not the result of wishing but of action and prayer.”

Basic Text, pp. 35-36

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Our spiritual condition is never static; if it’s not growing, it’s decaying.  If we stand still, our spiritual progress will lose its upward momentum.  Gradually, our growth will slow, then halt, then reverse itself.  Our tolerance will wear thin; our willingness to serve others will wane; our minds will narrow and close.  Before long, we’ll be right back where we started: in conflict with everyone and everything around us, unable to bear even ourselves.

Our only option is to actively participate in our program of spiritual growth.  We pray, seeking knowledge greater than our own from a Power greater than ourselves.  We open our minds and keep them open, becoming teachable and taking advantage of what others have to share with us.  We demonstrate our willingness to try new ideas and new ways of doing things, experiencing life in a whole new way.  Our spiritual progress picks up speed and momentum, driven by the Higher Power we are coming to understand better each day.

Up or down—it’s one or the other, with very little in between, where spiritual growth is concerned.  Recovery is not fueled by wishing and dreaming, we’ve discovered, but by prayer and action.

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Just for today:  The only constant in my spiritual condition is change.  I cannot rely on yesterday’s program.  Today, I seek new spiritual growth through prayer and action.

 

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 August 16, 2015, 05:43:28 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    8/16/15


Another day of recovery begins and we start this day with surrender. 'From that point, each of us is reminded that a day clean is a day won. (P 86, NA Basic Text)

When I surrender; I win.
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by CD on August 15, 2015, 04:29:22 PM »

August 15 / 2015

Over time, not overnight

“We found that we do not recover physically, mentally, or spiritually overnight.”

Basic Text, p. 27

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Have you ever approached a recovery celebration with the feeling that you should be further along in your recovery than you are?  Maybe you have listened to newcomers sharing in meetings, members with much less clean time, and thought, “But I’m just barely beginning to understand what they’re talking about!”

It’s odd that we should come into recovery thinking that we will feel wonderful right away or no longer have any difficulty handling life’s twists and turns.  We expect our physical problems to correct themselves, our thinking to become rational, and a fully developed spiritual life to manifest itself overnight.  We forget that we spent years abusing our bodies, numbing our minds, and suppressing our awareness of a Higher Power.  We cannot undo the damage in a day.  We can, however, apply the next step, go to the next meeting, help the next newcomer.  We heal and recover bit by bit—not overnight, but over time.

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Just for today:  My body will heal a little, my mind will become a little clearer, and my relationship with my Higher Power will strengthen.

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 August 15, 2015, 04:28:19 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote  8/15/15


Sanskrit saying 'God sleeps in the mineral, awakens in the plants, walks in the animals, and thinks in you.' The Universal Source of life actually thinks in you. Use this well.

Every bad choice I ever made began with a single thought. Every good choice I ever made began with a single thought. I choose my thoughts carefully.
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by CD on August 14, 2015, 03:35:39 PM »
August 14 , 2015

Letting go of our limitations

“We don’t have to settle for the limitations of the past.  We can examine and reexamine our old ideas.”

Basic Text, p. 11

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Most of us come to the program with a multitude of self-imposed limitations that prevent us from realizing our full potential, limitations that impede our attempts to find the values that lie at the core of our being.  We place limitations on our ability to be true to ourselves, limitations on our ability to function at work, limitations on the risks we’re willing to take—the list seems endless.  If our parents or teachers told us we would never succeed, and we believed them, chances are we didn’t achieve much.  If our socialization taught us not to stand up for ourselves, we didn’t, even if everything inside us was screaming to do so.

In Narcotics Anonymous, we are given a process by which we can recognize these false limitations for what they are.  Through our Fourth Step, we’ll discover that we don’t want to keep all the rules we’ve been taught.  We don’t have to be the lifelong victims of past experiences.  We are free to discard the ideas that inhibit our growth.  We are capable of stretching our boundaries to encompass new ideas and new experiences.  We are free to laugh, to cry, and, above all, to enjoy our recovery.

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Just for today:  I will let go of my self-imposed limitations and open my mind to new ideas.

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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote
« Last post by CD on August 14, 2015, 03:34:34 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    8/14/15


Going to a lot of meetings is important, supportive, and full of fellowship. However, our program is not about meetings but what happens in between meetings.

Do I align my actions with the picture I paint of myself in meetings?
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