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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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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by CD on August 10, 2015, 07:03:12 PM »
August 10 , 2015

Regular prayer and meditation

“Most of us pray when we are hurting. We learn that if we pray regularly, we won’t be hurting as often or as intensely.”

Basic Text, p. 44

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Regular prayer and meditation are two more key elements in our new pattern of living.  Our active addiction was more than just a bad habit waiting to be broken by force of will.  Our addiction was a negative, draining dependence that stole all our positive energy.  That dependence was so total, it prevented us from developing any kind of reliance on a Higher Power.

From the very beginning of our recovery, our Higher Power has been the force that’s brought us freedom.  First, it relieved us of our compulsion to keep taking drugs, even when we knew they were killing us.  Then, it gave us freedom from the more deeply ingrained aspects of our disease.  Our Higher Power gave us the direction, the strength, and the courage to inventory ourselves; to admit out loud to another person what our lives had been like, perhaps for the first time; to begin seeking release from the chronic defects of character underlying our troubles; and, at last, to make amends for the wrongs we’d done.

That first contact with a Higher Power, and that first freedom, has grown into a life full of freedom.  We maintain that freedom by maintaining and improving our conscious contact with our Higher Power through regular prayer and meditation.

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Just for today:  I will make a commitment to include regular prayer and meditation in 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 August 10, 2015, 07:01:51 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote                8/10/15


We find that the smallest deed is better than the grandest intention.

My actions speak louder than words. What are my actions saying now?
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by CD on August 09, 2015, 04:25:02 PM »

August 9 , 2015

The Power of love

“We begin to see that God’s love has been present all the time, just waiting for us to accept it.”

Basic Text, p. 46

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God’s love is the transforming power that drives our recovery.  With that love, we find freedom from the hopeless, desperate cycle of using, self-hatred, and more using.  With that love, we gain a sense of reason and purpose in our once purposeless lives.  With that love, we are given the inner direction and strength we need to begin a new way of life: the NA way.  With that love, we begin to see things differently, as if with new eyes.

As we examine our lives through the eyes of love, we make what may be a startling discovery:  The loving God we’ve so recently come to understand has always been with us and has always loved us.  We recall the times when we asked for the aid of a Higher Power and were given it.  We even recall times when we didn’t ask for such help, yet were given it anyway.  We realize that a loving Higher Power has cared for us all along, preserving our lives till the day when we could accept that love for ourselves.

The Power of love has been with us all along.  Today, we are grateful to have survived long enough to become consciously aware of that love’s presence in our world and our lives.  Its vitality floods our very being, guiding our recovery and showing us how to live.

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Just for today:  I accept the love of a Higher Power in my life.  I am conscious of that Power’s guidance and strength within me.  Today, I claim it for my own.

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 09, 2015, 04:23:50 PM »
Pocket Sponsor - Book - Quote    8/9/15


'Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude.
 ~Martin Luther King.
Undoubtedly, there are many on your list to forgive. There is only one whom you must forgive that is yourself.'

Because my Higher Power forgives me, I forgive myself.
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