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12 Step Spiritual quotes & readings

Feel free to post any of this months readings or spiritual quotes you connect with in the comment section. Monday 1st February through to Sunday 28th February.


Comments (16)

  • February 1

    Daily Reflections

    GOAL: SANITY

    “…Step Two gently and very gradually began to
    infiltrate my life. I can’t say upon what occasion or
    on what day I came to believe in a power greater than
    myself, but I certainly have that belief now.”
    TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 27

    “Came to believe!” I gave lip service to my belief when
    I felt like it or when I thought it would look good. I
    didn’t really trust God. I didn’t believe He cared for
    me. I kept trying to change things I couldn’t change.
    Gradually, in disgust, I began to turn it all over,
    saying: “You’re so omnipotent, you take care of it.” He
    did. I began to receive answers to my deepest problems,
    sometimes at the most unusual times: driving to work,
    eating lunch, or when I was sound asleep. I realized
    that I hadn’t thought of those solutions–a Power greater
    than myself had given them to me. I came to believe.

  • Keep It Simple

    Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.—Step Two
    The Second Step directs us to believe there is hope for us. It may take time to believe this. Many of us had given up hope. But look around. Hope fills our meeting rooms. We are surrounded by miracles. This Power greater than ourselves has healed many. Listen as others tell their stories. They speak of how powerful this Power is. At times, we will not believe. This is normal But in recovery ,”coming to believe” means opening ourselves up to healing power found in the program.
    Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, allow me to believe Help me to stay open to recovery.
    Action for the Day: I will list three examples of my past insanity. I will share these examples with my group, sponsor, a program friend, or with my Higher Power. I will remember that I’m a miracle.

  • Suzy :) Just for today

    NA Just For Today

    Hardships

    ” We felt different… Only after surrender are we able to overcome the alienation of addiction.”
    Basic Text p. 22

    ” But you don’t understand!” we spluttered, trying to cover up. “I’m different! I’ve really got it rough!” We used these lines over and over in our active addiction, either trying to escape the consequences of our actions or avoid following the rules that applied to everyone else. We may have cried them at our first meeting. Perhaps we’ve even caught ourselves whining them recently.

    So many of us feel different or unique. As addicts, we can use almost anything to alienate ourselves. But there’s no excuse for missing out on recovery, nothing that can make us ineligible for the program—not a life-threatening illness, not poverty, not anything. There are thousands of addicts who have found recovery despite the real hardships they’ve faced. Through working the program, their spiritual awareness has grown, in spite of—or perhaps in response to—those hardships.

    Our individual circumstances and differences are irrelevant when it comes to recovery. By letting go of our uniqueness and surrendering to this simple way of life, we’re bound to find that we feel a part of something. And feeling a part of something gives us the strength to walk through life, hardships and all.

    Just for today: I will let go of my uniqueness and embrace the principles of recovery I have in common with so many others. My hardships do not exclude me from recovery; rather, they draw me into it.

  • Twenty-Four Hours A Day

    A.A. Thought For The Day

    We got a kick out of the first few drinks, before we got stupefied by
    alcohol. For a while, the world seemed to look brighter. But how
    about the letdown, the terrible depression that comes the morning
    after? In A.A., we get a real kick, not a false feeling of exhilaration,
    but a real feeling of satisfaction with ourselves and self-respect. And
    a feeling of friendliness toward the world. We got a sort of pleasure
    from drinking. For a while we thought we were happy. But it’s only an
    illusion. The hangover the next day is the opposite of pleasure. In
    A.A., am I getting real pleasure and serenity and peace?

    Meditation For The Day

    I will practice love, because lack of love will block the way. I will try
    to see good in all people, those I like and also those who fret me and
    go against the grain. They are all children of God. I will try to give
    love, otherwise how can I dwell in God’s spirit, whence nothing
    unloving can come? I will try to get along with all people, because the
    more love I give away, the more I will have.

    Prayer For The Day

    I pray that I may do all I can to love others, in spite of
    their many faults. I pray that as I love, so will I be loved.

  • Keep It Simple

    Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.—Erma Bombeck
    We often hear, “Stick with the winners.” Not everyone in Twelve Step meetings is there for recovery.. But many members follow a Twelve Step way of living. We need to find those people. This is really true when it comes to finding a sponsor. Look for a sponsor who gets good things from his or her program. Why pick a sponsor who isn’t happy in the program? Recovery is hard work. You deserve the best. Find the best sponsor you can. Remember, ours is a selfish program. we’re fighting for our lives.
    Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me find the best in my program. Help me find a good sponsor, so we can get as much from each other and this program as we can.
    Today’s Action: Today I’ll think about what it means to have a good sponsor.

  • Suzy :) Just for today

    NA Just For Today

    Feeling Good Isn’t The Point

    “For us, recovery is more than just pleasure.”
    Basic Text p. 42

    In our active addiction, most of us knew exactly how we were going to feel from one day to the next. All we had to do was read the label on the bottle or know what was in the bag. We planned our feelings, and our goal for each day was to feel good.

    In recovery, we’re liable to feel anything from one day to the next, even from one minute to the next. We may feel energetic and happy in the morning, then strangely let down and sad in the afternoon. Because we no longer plan our feelings for the day each morning, we could end up having feelings that are somewhat inconvenient, like feeling tired in the morning and wide-awake at bedtime.

    Of course, there’s always the possibility we could feel good, but that isn’t the point. Today, our main concern is not feeling good but learning to understand and deal with our feelings, no matter what they are. We do this by working the steps and sharing our feelings with others.

    Just for today: I will accept my feelings, whatever they may be, just as they are. I will practice the program and learn to live with my feelings.

  • California Colin :)

    NA Just For Today

    What Is A Sponsor?

    “…an NA sponsor is a member of Narcotics Anonymous, living our program of
    recovery, who is willing to build a special, supportive, one-on-one relationship
    with us.”

    IP No. 11, “Sponsorship, Revised”

    What is a sponsor? You know: That nice person with whom you had coffee after
    your first meeting. That generous soul who keeps sharing recovery experience
    free of charge. The one who keeps amazing you with stunning insight regarding
    your character defects. The one who keeps reminding you to finish your Fourth
    Step, who listens to your Fifth Step, and who doesn’t tell anyone how weird you
    are.

    It’s pretty easy to start taking all this stuff for granted once we’re used to
    someone being there for us. We may run wild for a while and tell ourselves,
    “I’ll call my sponsor later, but right now I have to clean the house, go
    shopping, chase that attractive.” And so we end up in trouble, wondering where
    we went wrong.

    Our sponsor can’t read minds. It’s up to us to reach out and ask for help.
    Whether we need help with our steps, a reality check to help us straighten out
    our screwy thinking, or just a friend, it’s our job to make the request.
    Sponsors are warm, wise, wonderful people, and their experience with recovery is
    ours — all we have to do is ask.

    Just for today: I’m grateful for the time, the love, and the experience my
    sponsor has shared with me. Today, I will call my sponsor.

  • Twenty-Four Hours A Day

    A.A. Thought For The Day

    In the past, we kept right on drinking in spite of all the trouble we got
    into. We were foolish enough to believe that drinking could still be fun
    in spite of everything that happened to us. When we came into A.A.,
    we found a lot of people who, like ourselves, had had fun with drinking,
    but who now admitted that liquor had become nothing but trouble for
    them. And when we found that this thing had happened to a lot of other
    people besides ourselves, we realized that perhaps we weren’t such
    odd ducks after all. Have I learned to admit that for me drinking has
    ceased to be fun and has become nothing but trouble?

    Meditation For The Day

    The lifeline, the line of rescue, is the line from the soul to God. On one
    end of the lifeline is our faith and on the other end is God’s power. It
    can be a strong line and no soul can be overwhelmed who is linked to
    God by it. I will trust in this lifeline and never be afraid. God will save
    me from doing wrong and from the cares and troubles of life. I will
    look to God for help and trust Him for aid when I am emotionally
    upset.

    Prayer For The Day

    I pray that no lack of trust or fearfulness will make me disloyal to
    God. I pray that I may keep a strong hold on the lifeline of faith.

  • February 11

    Daily Reflections

    THE LIMITS OF SELF-RELIANCE

    We asked ourselves why we had them [fears]. Wasn’t it
    because self-reliance failed us?
    ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p.68

    All of my character defects separate me from God’s will.
    When I ignore my association with Him I face the world
    and my alcoholism alone and must depend on self-reliance.
    I have never found security and happiness through
    self-will and the only result is a life of fear and
    discontent. God provides the path back to Him and to
    His gift of security and comfort. First, however, I
    must be willing to acknowledge my fears and understand
    their source and power over me. I frequently ask God to
    help me understand how I separate myself from Him.

  • Twenty-Four Hours A Day

    A.A. Thought For The Day

    Sometimes we can’t help thinking: Why can’t we ever drink
    again? We know it’s because we’re alcoholics, but why did
    we have to get that way? The answer is that at some point
    in our drinking careers, we passed what is called our
    “tolerance point.” When we passed this point, we passed
    from a condition in which we could tolerate alcohol to a
    condition in which we could not tolerate it at all. After
    that, if we took one drink we would sooner or later end
    up drunk. When I think of liquor now, do I think of it as
    something that I can never tolerate again?

    Meditation For The Day

    In a race, it is when a goal is in sight that heart and
    nerves and muscles and courage are strained almost to the
    breaking point. So with us. The goal of the spiritual life
    is in sight. All we need is the final effort. The saddest
    records made by people are those who ran well, with brave
    stout hearts, until the sight of the goal and then some
    weakness or self-indulgence held them back. They never
    knew how near the goal they were or how near they were to
    victory.

    Prayer For The Day

    I pray that I may press on until the goal is reached.
    I pray that I may not give up in the final stretch.

  • California Colin :)

    NA Just For Today

    The Ties That Bind

    “As long as the ties that bind us together are stronger than those that would tear us apart, all will be well.”
    Basic Text, p. 57

    Many of us feel that without NA we would surely have died from our disease. Hence, its existence is our very lifeline. However, disunity is an occasional fact of life in Narcotics Anonymous; we must learn to respond in a constructive way to the destructive influences that sometimes arise in our fellowship. If we decide to be part of the solution instead of the problem, we are headed in the right direction.

    Our personal recovery and the growth of NA is contingent upon maintaining an atmosphere of recovery in our meetings. Are we willing to help our group deal constructively with conflict? As group members, do we strive to work out difficulties openly, honestly, and fairly? Do we seek to promote the common welfare of all our members rather than our own agenda? And, as trusted servants, do we take into consideration the effect our actions might have on newcomers?

    Service can bring out both the best and the worst in us. But it is often through service that we begin to get in touch with some of our more pressing defects of character Do we shrink from service commitments rather than face what we might find out about ourselves? If we bear in mind the strength of the ties that bind us together—our recovery from active addiction—all will be well.

    Just for today: I will strive to be of service to our fellowship. I will be unafraid to discover who I am.

  • Each Day a New Beginning

    Fortuitous circumstances constitute the moulds that shape the majority of human lives. –Augusta Evans
    Being in the right place at the right time is how we generally explain our good fortune or the good fortune of a friend. But it’s to our advantage to understand how we managed to be in the right place at just the right moment.
    We have probably heard many times at meetings that God’s timetable is not necessarily the same as our timetable. That events will happen as scheduled to fit a picture bigger than the picture encompassed by our egos. And frequently our patience wears thin because we aren’t privy to God’s timetable. But we can trust, today and always, that doors open on time. Opportunities are offered when we are ready for them. Nary a moment passes that doesn’t invite us to both give and receive a special message–a particular lesson. We are always in God’s care, and every circumstance of our lives is helping to mold the women we are meant to be.
    I will take a long look at where I am today and be grateful for my place. It’s right for me, now, and is preparing me for the adventure ahead.

  • NA Just For Today

    An Awakening Of The Spirit

    “The last thing we expected was an awakening of the spirit”

    Basic Text, p. 48

    Few of us came to our first Narcotics Anonymous meeting aching to take a personal inventory or believing that a spiritual void existed in our souls. We had no inkling that we were about to embark on a journey which would awaken our sleeping spirits.

    Like a loud alarm clock, the First Step brings us to semiconsciousness—although at this point, we may not be sure whether we want to climb out of bed or maybe sleep for just five more minutes. The gentle hand shaking our shoulders as we apply the Second and Third Steps causes us to stand up, stretch, and yawn. We need to wipe the sleep from our eyes to write the Fourth Step and share our Fifth. But as we work the Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Steps, we begin noticing a spring in our step and the start of a smile on our lips. Our spirits sing in the shower as we take the Tenth and Eleventh Steps. And then we practice the Twelfth, leaving the house in search of others to awaken.

    We don’t have to spend the rest of our lives in a spiritual coma. We may not like to get up in the morning but, once out of bed, we’re almost always glad we did.

    Just for today: To awaken my sleepy spirit, I will use the Twelve Steps.

  • February 17

    Daily Reflections

    THE LOVE IN THEIR EYES

    Some of us won’t believe in God, others can’t, and
    still others who do not believe that God exists have
    no faith whatever He will perform this miracle.
    TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 25

    It was the changes I saw in the new people who came
    into the Fellowship that helped me lose my fear, and
    change my negative attitude to a positive one. I could
    see the love in their eyes and I was impressed by how
    much their “One Day at a Time” sobriety meant to them.
    They had looked squarely at Step Two and came to believe
    that a power greater than themselves was restoring them
    to sanity. That gave me faith in the Fellowship, and
    hope that it could work for me too. I found that God
    was a loving God, not that punishing God I feared before
    coming to A.A. I also found that He had been with me
    during all those times I had been in trouble before I
    came to A.A. I know today that He was the one who led
    me to A.A. and that I am a miracle.

  • California Colin :)

    NA Just For Today

    Carrying The Message, Not The Addict

    “They can be analyzed, counseled, reasoned with, prayed over, threatened, beaten, or locked up, but they will not stop

    until they want to stop.”

    Basic Text, p. 62

    Perhaps one of the most difficult truths we must face in our recovery is that we are as powerless over another’s

    addiction as we are over our own. We may think that because we’ve had a spiritual awakening in our own lives we

    should be able to persuade another addict to find recovery. But there are limits to what we can do to help another

    addict.

    We cannot force them to stop using. We cannot give them the results of the steps or grow for them. We cannot take

    away their loneliness or their pain. There is nothing we can say to convince a scared addict to surrender the familiar

    misery of addiction for the frightening uncertainty of recovery. We cannot jump inside other peoples’ skins, shift their

    goals, or decide for them what is best for them.

    However, if we refuse to try to exert this power over another’s addiction, we may help them. They may grow if we

    allow them to face reality, painful though it may be. They may become more productive, by their own definition, as long

    as we don’t try and do it for them. They can become the authority on their own lives, provided we are only authorities

    on our own. If we can accept all this, we can become what we were meant to be – carriers of the message, not the

    addict.

    Just for today: I will accept that I am powerless not only over my own addiction but also over everyone else’s. I will

    carry the message, not the addict.

  • Twenty-Four Hours A Day

    A.A. Thought For The Day

    Liquor used to be my friend. I used to have a lot of fun
    drinking. Practically all the fun I had was connected
    with drinking. But the time came when liquor became my
    enemy. I don’t know just when liquor turned against me
    and became my enemy, but I know it happened, because I
    began to get into trouble. And since I realize that liquor
    is now my enemy, my main business now is keeping sober.
    Making a living or keeping a house is no longer my main
    business. It’s secondary to the business of keeping sober.
    Do I realize that my main business is keeping sober?

    Meditation For The Day

    I can depend on God to supply me with all the power I need
    to face any situation, provided that I will sincerely
    believe in that power and honestly ask for it, at the same
    time making all my life conform to what I believe God wants
    me to be. I can come to God as a business manager would
    come to the owner of the business, knowing that to lay the
    matter before Him means immediate cooperation, provided the
    matter has merit.

    Prayer For The Day

    I pray that I may believe that God is ready and willing to
    supply me with all that I need. I pray that I may ask only
    for faith and strength to meet any situation.

    Georgie 🙂 X

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