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May – 12 Step Spiritual Readings

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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.

  • June 24

    Daily Reflections

    A SPIRITUAL KINDERGARTEN

    We are only operating a spiritual kindergarten in which
    people are enabled to get over drinking and find the grace
    to go on living to better effect.
    AS BILL SEES IT, p. 95

    When I came to A. A., I was run down by the bottle and
    wanted to lose the obsession to drink, but I didn’t really
    know how to do that. I decided to stick around long enough
    to find out from the ones who went before me. All of a
    sudden I was thinking about God! I was told to get a Higher
    Power and I had no idea what one looked like. I found out
    there are many Higher Powers. I was told to find God, as I
    understand Him, that there was no doctrine of the Godhead
    in A.A. I found what worked for me and then asked that
    Power to restore me to sanity. The obsession to drink was
    removed and–one day at a time–my life went on, and I
    learned how to live sober.

  • Walk in Dry Places

    Why admitting we’re wrong is right
    Right action
    Sometimes it’s painful or almost impossible to admit that we’ve been wrong. This means we’ll probably go on making the same mistakes until we’re forced to face the truth. Why does this happen?
    The problem lies with what we call the EGO in our Twelve step program discussions. We commit ourselves in defending this ego at al times, especially around people who seem to put us down. Far from being a minor correction, any admissions of wrong feels like total defeat, at least in our warped way of looking at things.
    We can release ourselves from this bondage simply by coming to see that admitting and facing our wrongs is essential to growth. A store manager who overstocks a certain item “admits” the mistake by putting the goods on a clearance sale and getting rid of them. We can cut any loss in the same way by admitting a mistake and going on to a better course of action.
    I’ll not plan to make any mistakes today, but I’ll hold myself in readiness to admit them if they occur. This is no threat to my ego. I am much more than my mistakes.

  • 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.

  • May 1

    Daily Reflections

    HEALING HEART AND MIND

    Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being
    the exact nature of our wrongs.
    TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 55

    Since it is true that God comes to me through people, I can
    see that by keeping people at a distance I also keep God at
    a distance. God is nearer to me than I think and I can
    experience Him by loving people and allowing people to love
    me. But I can neither love nor be loved if I allow my secrets
    to get in the way.
    It’s the side of myself that I refuse to look at that rules
    me. I must be willing to look at the dark side in order to
    heal my mind and heart because that is the road to freedom.
    I must walk into darkness to find the light and walk into fear
    to find peace.
    By revealing my secrets – and thereby ridding myself of guilt
    – I can actually change my thinking; by altering my thinking,
    I can change myself. My thoughts create my future. What I will
    be tomorrow is determined by what I think today.

  • Twenty-Four Hours A Day

    A.A. Thought For The Day

    In A.A. we have three things: fellowship, faith, and service.
    Fellowship is wonderful, but its wonder lasts just so long.
    Then some gossip, disillusionment, and boredom may come in.
    Worry and fear come back at times and we find that fellowship
    is not the whole story. Then we need faith. When we’re alone,
    with nobody to pat us on the back, we must turn to God for
    help. Can I say “Thy will be done” – and mean it?

    Meditation For The Day

    There is beauty in a God-guided life. There is wonder in the
    feeling of being led by God. Try to realize God’s bounty and
    goodness more and more. God is planning for you. Wonderful are
    His ways – they are beyond your knowledge. But God’s leading
    will enter your consciousness more and more and bring you ever
    more peace and joy. Your life is being planned and blessed by
    God. You may count all material things as losses if they
    prevent your winning your way to the consciousness of God’s
    guidance.

    Prayer For The Day

    I pray that I may earn the rewards of God’s power and peace.
    I pray that I may develop the feeling of being led by God.

  • Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions

    Tradition Six – “An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.”

    THE moment we saw that we had an answer for alcoholism, it was reasonable (or so it seemed at the time) for us to feel that we might have the answer to a lot of other things. The A.A. groups, many thought, could go into business, might finance any enterprise whatever in the total field of alcoholism. In fact, we felt duty-bound to throw the whole weight of the A.A. name behind any meritorious cause.

    p. 155

  • Keep It Simple

    Who dares nothing, need hope for nothing.—Johann Fredrich von Schiller
    As we grow in recovery, we’ll need to change our behaviors, values, and beliefs to stay sane. This take courage. Courage is doing what is needed in spite of fear.
    Courage means facing what we can’t change. We can’t change the fact that we have hurt people. We can’t change the fact we have an illness. And we can’t change the fact that we need help from others.
    Courage also means facing those things we can change. We need courage to be honest, to have faith, and to be humble. And we need courage to let people know how important they are.
    Prayer for the Day: Courage is more than being tough. Courage means being human. Higher Power, grant me the courage to stay sober and live a spiritual life.
    Action for the Day: Today, I’ll have an attitude of courage. I’ll talk in my meeting. I’ll offer help where it is needed. I’ll have the courage to say no when needed.

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