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May – 12 Step Spiritual Readings

Feel free to post any of this months (May) readings or spiritual quotes you connect with in the comment section.


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  • May 10

    Daily Reflections

    FREE AT LAST

    Another great dividend we may expect from confiding our defects
    to another human being is humility – a word often
    misunderstood. . . . it amounts to a clear recognition of
    what and who we really are, followed by a sincere attempt to
    become what we could be.
    TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 58

    I knew deep inside that if I were ever to be joyous, happy and
    free, I had to share my past life with some other individual.
    The joy and relief I experienced after doing so were beyond
    description. Almost immediately after taking the Fifth Step,
    I felt free from the bondage of self and the bondage of
    alcohol. That freedom remains after 36 years, a day at a
    time. I found that God could do for me what I couldn’t do
    for myself.

  • Each Day a New Beginning

    To wait for someone else, or to expect someone else to make my life richer, or fuller, or more satisfying, puts me in a constant state of suspension; and I miss all those moments that pass. They never come back to be experienced again. –Kathleen Tierney Crilly
    The steps we are taking today will never again be taken in exactly the same way. The thoughts we are thinking are fresh, never to be repeated. All that these moments offer will never pass our way again.
    We each have to grab our own happiness, create our own richness through experiences. We may share what we capture with loved ones, but like us, they too must search their own avenues for the satisfaction that lasts. We can neither give happiness to another, like a gift, nor expect it in return.
    The fullness of life we all long for is the natural byproduct of living every moment as fully as possible. Our higher power will never direct us into waters too deep. When we have willingly turned our lives and our wills over, we’ll find an abundance of the rich, the full, the satisfying. Faith in God answers all questions, solves all problems.
    I will cherish every moment today. Each one is special and will not visit me again.

  • NA Just For Today

    Becoming Entirely Ready

    “We… get a good look at what these defects are doing to our lives. We begin to long for freedom from these defects.”
    Basic Text, p. 33

    Becoming entirely ready to have our defects of character removed can be a long process, often taking place over the course of a lifetime. Our state of readiness grows in direct proportion to our awareness of these defects and the destruction they cause.

    We may have trouble seeing the devastation our defects are inflicting on our lives and the lives of those around us. If this is the case, we would do well to ask our Higher Power to reveal those flaws which stand in the way of our progress.

    As we let go of our shortcomings and find their influence waning, we’ll notice that a loving God replaces those defects with quality attributes. Where we were fearful, we find courage. Where we were selfish, we find generosity. Our delusions about ourselves will disappear to be replaced by self-honesty and self-acceptance.

    Yes, becoming entirely ready means we will change. Each new level of readiness brings new gifts. Our basic nature changes, and we soon find our readiness is no longer sparked only by pain but by a desire to grow spiritually.

    Just for today: I will increase my state of readiness by becoming more aware of my shortcomings.

  • Twenty-Four Hours A Day

    A.A. Thought For The Day

    Fellowship is a big part of staying sober. The doctors call it group
    therapy. We never go to an A.A. meeting without taking something
    out of it. Sometimes we don’t feel like going to a meeting and we think
    of excuses for not going. But we usually end up by going anyway and
    we always get some lift out of every meeting. Meetings are part of
    keeping sober. And we get more out of a meeting if we try to contribute
    something to it. Am I contributing my share at meetings?

    Meditation For The Day

    “He brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set
    my feet upon a rock and established my goings.” The first part, “He
    brought me up out of a horrible pit,” means that by turning to God and
    putting my problems in His hands, I am able to overcome my sins and
    temptations. “He set my feet upon a rock” means that when I trust
    God in all things, I have true security. “He established my goings”
    means that if I honestly try to live the way God wants me to live, I will
    have God’s guidance in my daily living.

    Prayer For The Day

    I pray that my feet may be set upon a rock. I pray that I may rely on
    God to guide my comings and goings.

  • Carly (New York)

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    May 19

    Daily Reflections

    GIVING WITHOUT STRINGS

    And he well knows that his own life has been made richer, as an extra
    dividend of giving to another without any demand for a return.
    AS BILL SEES IT, p. 69

    The concept of giving without strings was hard to understand when I
    first came into the program. I was suspicious when others wanted to
    help me. I thought, “What do they want in return?” But I soon
    learned the joy of helping another alcoholic and I understood why they
    were there for me in the beginning. My attitudes changed and I
    wanted to help others. Sometimes I became anxious, as I wanted them
    to know the joys of sobriety, that life can be beautiful. When my life
    is full of a loving God of my understanding and I give that love to my
    fellow alcoholic, I feel a special richness that is hard to explain.

  • NA Just For Today

    A Growth Inventory

    “We review our past performance and our present behavior to see what we want to keep and what we want to discard.”
    Basic Text, p. 29

    As each day winds to a close, many of us reflect on the past twenty-four hours and consider how we can live differently in the future. It’s easy for our thoughts to remain trapped in the mundane: change the oil in the car, keep the living room clean, or empty the litter box. Sometimes it takes a special effort to jog our thinking out of the daily rut and onto a higher track.

    One simple question can put us on the high road: What do we think our Higher Power wants for us tomorrow? Maybe we need to improve our flagging conscious contact with the God of our understanding. Perhaps we’ve been uncomfortable in our job or our relationship, holding on only out of fear. We might be hiding some troubling defect of character, afraid to share it with our sponsor. The question is, in what parts of our lives do we really want to grow?

    As each day ends, we find it beneficial to take some moments to spend time with our Higher Power. We can begin to reflect on what will benefit our program of spiritual growth most in the coming day. We think about the areas in which we have grown recently, and target areas that still require work. What more fitting way to end the day?

    Just for today: I will set aside some time at the end of the day to commune with my Higher Power. I will review the past day, meditating on what stands between me and my Higher Power’s will for my life.

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