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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.

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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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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by CD on August 13, 2015, 08:23:18 PM »

August 13 , 2015

Difficult people

“By giving unconditional love... we become more loving, and by sharing spiritual growth we become more spiritual.”

Basic Text, p.103

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Most of us have one or two exceptionally difficult people in our lives.  How do we deal with such a person in our recovery?

First, we take our own inventory.  Have we wronged this person?  Has some action or attitude of ours served as an invitation for the kind of treatment they have given us?  If so, we will want to clear the air, admit we have been wrong, and ask our Higher Power to remove whatever defects may prevent us from being helpful and constructive.

Next, as people seeking to live spiritually oriented lives, we approach the problem from the other person’s point of view.  They may be faced with any number of challenges we either fail to consider or know nothing about, challenges that cause them to be unpleasant.  As it’s said, we seek in recovery “to forgive rather than be forgiven; to understand rather than be understood.”

Finally, if it is within our power, we seek ways to help others overcome their challenges without injuring their dignity.  We pray for their well-being and spiritual growth and for the ability to offer them the unconditional love that has meant so much to us in our recovery.

We cannot change the difficult people in our lives, nor can we please everyone.  But by applying the spiritual principles we’ve learned in NA, we can learn to love them.

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Just for today:  Higher Power, help me serve other people, not demand that they serve me.

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 13, 2015, 08:21:43 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote      8/13/15


People in our society stress that we ought to be happy. If you're not happy something is wrong, we are lead to believe. Yet, unhappiness is not a symptom of sickness, it is an expression of life, a natural reaction to situations we don't like. When shit happens, you don't have to like it.

I will not be unhappy about being unhappy.
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by CD on August 12, 2015, 05:56:19 PM »
August 12 , 2015

Enough!

“Something inside cries out, ‘Enough, enough, I’ve had enough,’ and then they are ready to take that first and often most difficult step toward dealing with their disease.”

 

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Have we really had enough?  This is the crucial question we must ask ourselves as we prepare to work the First Step in Narcotics Anonymous.  It doesn’t matter whether or not we arrived in NA with our families intact, our careers still working for us, and all the outward appearances of wholeness.  All that matters is that we have reached an emotional and spiritual bottom that precludes our return to active addiction.  If we have, we will be truly ready to go to any lengths to quit using.

When we inventory our powerlessness, we ask ourselves some simple questions.  Can I control my use of drugs in any form?  What incidents have occurred as a result of my drug use that I didn’t want to happen?  How is my life unmanageable?  Do I believe in my heart that I am an addict?

If the answers to these questions lead us to the doors of Narcotics Anonymous, then we are ready to move on to the next step toward a life free from active addiction.  If we have truly had enough, then we will be willing to go to any lengths to find recovery.

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Just for today:  I admit that I have had enough.  I am ready to work my First Step.

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 12, 2015, 05:54:49 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       8/12/15


When you continually don't like the way people treat you, it is usually because you are cooperating with the treatments.

The difference between me being a victor or a victim is ability. Response ability.
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by CD on August 11, 2015, 02:09:18 PM »

August 11 , 2015

Active listening

“Through active listening, we hear things that work for us.”

Basic Text, p. 102

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Most of us arrived in Narcotics Anonymous with a very poor ability to listen.  But to take full advantage of “the therapeutic value of one addict helping another,” we must learn to listen actively.

What is active listening for us?  In meetings, it means we concentrate on what the speaker is sharing, while the speaker is sharing.  We set aside our own thoughts and opinions until the meeting is over.  That’s when we sort through what we’ve heard to decide which ideas we want to use and which we want to explore further.

We can apply our active listening skills in sponsorship, too.  Newcomers often talk with us about some “major event” in their lives.  While such events may not seem significant to us, they are to the newcomer who has little experience living life on life’s terms.  Our active listening helps us empathize with the feelings such events trigger in our sponsee’s life.  With that understanding, we have a better idea of what to share with them.

The ability to listen actively was unknown to us in the isolation of our addiction.  Today, this ability helps us actively engage with our recovery.  Through active listening, we receive everything being offered us in NA, and we share fully with others the love and care we’ve been given.

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Just for today:  I will strive to be an active listener.  I will practice active listening when others share and when I share with others.

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 11, 2015, 02:08:04 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote       8/11/15


If you have never experienced the results of working the Twelve Steps, no explanation is sufficient. If you have experienced the results of working the Twelve Steps, then no explanation is necessary.

I am the poster child for the miracles I cannot explain.
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