Recover

June

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LESSONS
What we are destined to learn in this life will keep presenting itself until “contact” has been made. The Steps coach us through every situation And they never shame us for needing reminders of our lessons. –A Woman’s Spirit/Karen Casey | More… 

AMENDS
The Ninth Step tells us to make direct amends wherever possible. We make direct amends by repairing the damage we do. We make indirect amends by repairing the attitudes that cause us to do damage in the first place. –Just For Today | More… 

STEPS
We wanted an easy way out…. When we did seek help, we were only looking for the absence of pain. Thankfully, the steps are always there, no matter what we’re sick and tired of. As soon as we make the decision to begin the Twelve Step process, we realize our fears of change were groundless. –Just For Today | More…

CHANGE
Change is scary, even if it promises a better life. –Grapevine, Watsonville, California, June 2009

INSTRUCTIONS
The Creator gave to all people and to all things the Wisdom and the knowledge of how to live in harmony. Some tribes call these teachings the original Instructions, the original teachings, or the Great Laws. Where are these teachings? The Instructions are written in our hearts. –Elders Meditations/White Bison 31/05 | More… 

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THE PRESENT
The Fellowship keeps us grounded in the current moment. We learn to live today. The idea of living one day at a time makes sense to us. Our Program teaches us that life is not about to happen, it is happening, and each moment is important. Recovery is about today and living life in the present. Since I no longer have to manage the universe, I have only myself to worry about today. I can let my Higher Power take care of tomorrow. — Easy Does It | More…

The Golden Key
Whenever trouble arises, the first thing to do is to turn it over to our Higher Power. We can take all necessary practical steps to solve a problem, but we don’t need to decide what the answer may be. Do this, and you’ll soon be out of your difficulty. This is essentially the formula of the Golden Key as taught by Emmet Fox. It is also the core idea of Steps Three and Eleven. It is a manner of living one’s life with the constant knowledge that a Higher Power is always part of it. Nothing depends on our being “spiritual” or “saintly” or perfect in behavior. With all our shortcomings, we are and ever will be children of God. — Walk in Dry Places/Mel B. | More…

TRUST
Time teaches us about the twofold connection of suffering and wisdom. We learn that some pains can’t be healed, but instead must be endured until they run their course. Sometimes the only hope we have is the deep knowledge that our Higher Power will give us no more than we can handle today. –Body, Mind, and Spirit | More… 

RECOVERY
The Twelve Steps are a progressive recovery process. Recovery is an ongoing process and we are never cured. The more we use this process, the more we’ll trust it, for we can see the results. We go from anger and resentment to forgiveness, from denial to honesty and acceptance, and from pain to serenity. Recovery doesn’t happen overnight, and ours will never be complete. However each day brings new healing and the hope for more tomorrow. –Just For Today | More…

TREES
The trees are the Elders of the Earth. Just being in the presence of an old tree, you will feel more calm. Old trees know more, have heard more, and are the Elders of the Earth.
We must ensure these trees live so we can learn from them.   – Elders Meditations | More…

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FOCUSSING
All of us feel helpless at times to change our vision of life. Discouragement and self-pity become comfortable, and we fear that discarding them will leave us vulnerable. Seeing the glass as half empty is a sign that our attitude is holding us back. Unfortunately, a bad attitude is seductive. It’s then that we need the warmth of loving friends, and it’s no accident that we are surrounded by them in this fellowship. — A Woman’s Spirit/Karen Casey | More…

RELATIONSHIPS
Our relationship to the Great Spirit determines how we perceive the meanings we put to places, people, institutions, and things. We need to let the Creator tell us and guide our thoughts about these relationships. Any relationship we have that is causing problems means we need to pray for a new point of view.     –Elders Meditations | More…

NEW DIRECTIONS
Managing desires is one of the most crucial elements of being an adult. Our spiritual development includes learning how to regard our desires and how to manage them. Life continuously points us in directions we hadn’t expected. Disappointment can serve to reset our lives. Not getting our desires, if we keep our eyes open, points us in directions that can be better than what we had imagined for ourselves. — Wisdom to Know | More… 

HONESTY
Honesty is a quality that is developed through practice.  It isn’t always easy to be totally truthful, but when we begin with our Higher Power, we find it easier to extend our honesty to others. –Just For Today | More…

FOCUS
Keep doing the things that got it good, not the things that got good –Wisdom Of The Rooms | More…

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INTUITION
Step Six helps me develop a sense of intuition that I can truly count on. –Grapevine, Forth Myers, Florida,/Step by Step

HARMONY
The Medicine Wheel teaches about change. It says that which is created will fall apart; that which is loose, will be used to create new. In other words, everything on Earth is participating in a constant change that is being directed by an order of laws and principles which were originated by the Great Spirit. We need to know ourselves and we need to know how we work inside to enable us to change naturally. –Elders Meditations | More…

SELF-ESTEEM
The way to build our self-esteem is not to tear others down, but to build them up through love and positive concern. To help us with this, we can ask ourselves if we are contributing to the problem or to the solution. Today, we can choose to build instead of destroy. –Just For Today | More…

KEEP COMING BACK
After some time in NA, we find that more than our minds have arrived in our meeting rooms.  More importantly, our hearts have arrived, too.  After that happens, the miracles really begin! –Just For Today | More…

KEEP IT SIMPLE
Over the years I’ve found that this program is much easier to work if/when I quit making it so complicated. And the way I do that is by still trying to force my will on things. I now know it’s much simpler when I evaluate my motives, seek truly to be of service, and ask for God’s will, not mine to be done. This truly is the easier, softer way. –Wisdom of the Rooms | More…

TRADITION THREE
From time to time we wonder if we’re “doing it right” Are we attending enough meetings? Are we using our sponsor, or working the steps, or speaking, or reading, or living the “right” way?
We value the fellowship of others in recovery and don’t know what we’d do without it. What if the way we’re practicing our program is “wrong”?  Does that make us “bad” members? We can settle our insecurities by reviewing our Third Tradition, which assures us that “the only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking/using.” There aren’t any rules. It’s true that, if we want the kind of recovery we see in members we respect, we’ll want to practice the kind of program that’s made their recovery possible. We work the program the best way for us, not for someone else. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking/using. –Just For Today | More… 

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GROUP CONSCIENCE
The place to start in achieving an informed group conscience is with myself. –“We’ve Made a Decision-Don’t Confuse Us with the Facts,” –Grapevine, Alamogordo, New Mexico, February 1985,

SPIRITUAL LAW
In the Spiritual World there is a spiritual Law. The Law says; like attracts like. Whatever mental picture we hold inside our minds we will attract from the Universe. The Law always works. A doubting vision will not materialize what we want. A vision without doubt will always happen. This is a spiritual Law. –Elders Meditations | More…

HONESTY
We find honest friends in recovery. We are not alone anymore. We are honest with each other about character defects and work to help each other have better, ever-closer relationships. — God Grant Me | More…

BELIEVING
It’s hard for many of us to believe in ourselves.  But when someone loves us unconditionally, offering support no matter how many times we’ve relapsed, recovery becomes a little more real for us. –Just For Today | More…

LONELINESS
The best cure for loneliness is to begin a relationship with a Higher Power that can help fill the emptiness of our heart. We find that when we have a belief in a Higher Power, we never have to feel lonely. We can be alone more comfortably when we have a conscious contact with a God of our understanding. –Just For Today | More…

ISOLATION
Today, our lives are much fuller. We enjoy activities with others in recovery. We have time for our families. And we’ve discovered many other pursuits that give us pleasure. What a change from the past! We can live life just as fully as the “normal” people we once scorned. Enjoyment has returned to our lives, a gift of recovery. –Just For Today | More…

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SACRED SPOTS
Native people say the Earth is sacred. Some places on Earth feel more sacred than others. You can often feel the sacredness of these places because of what has happened on them. The Earth is sacred and these special places are sacred spots. Elders Meditations | More…

ANGER
When you’re angry at people, you make them part of your life. Problems with anger and our problems in relationships go hand in hand. It isn’t possible to be close to someone without being angry at times. We can expressing our anger openly, directly, and respectfully to others – or by hearing them when they are angry. Then, with dialogue, we can let it go and grow in dealing with anger. –Touchstones | More… 

REALIZATIONS
Lost dreams awaken and new possibilities arise. We used to put most of our energy into spinning excuses and rationalizations for our failures. Today, we go forward and make use of the many opportunities life presents to us. We may be amazed at what we’re capable of. With our foundation of recovery, success, fulfilment, and satisfaction are within our reach at last. –Just For Today | More…

CHANGE
We begin to find a peace that we never imagined possible. We work the steps because we want to grow spiritually. In recovery, our motives have changed. We want to do things for the right reason, not just for personal benefit. –Just For Today | More…

WOMEN
Women have access to special powers. The Earth Mother gives her love in a special way to the Woman. The Moon also gives special powers to the Woman. She uses these powers to nurture, heal, and guide the people.  –Elders Meditations | More…

SLIPPING
Harry slipped ten times before he made it. What is overlooked is that the last time Jack slipped, he slipped into a coffin. The last time Bob slipped, his baby son burned to death in a crib because of Bob’s negligence. The last time Ann slipped, she got strychnine poisoning and became blind. And the last time Jim slipped, he tried to kill his wife and nearly did. We’re not playing games here. This is a matter of life and death. — Day by Day | More…

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SELF-ESTEEM
We give strength to minimizing attitudes when we use minimizing words. We deserve better. –Days of Healing, Days of Joy | More…

LOVE
The discovery or invention or harnessing of fire was one of the great scientific and technological discoveries in all of human history. Fire to a great extent made human civilization possible. There was no Bronze Age without fire, no Iron Age without fire, no industrial revolution without fire. The advances of science and technology are greatly dependent on the human ability and capacity to take fire and use it for human good. Fire makes it possible for us to text and tweet and email and Instagram and Facebook and socially be dysfunctional with each other. If humanity ever captures the energy of love, it will be the second time in history that we have discovered fire. –Bishop Michael Currie | More…

GUIDANCE
Many of our Elders live in prayer. They talk to the Creator like the Creator is their best friend. It is easiest to do this if we pray in the morning and ask the Great Spirit to direct our thinking. When the Creator is involved in guiding our lives, we will have less stress, anxiety, and tension. –Elders Meditations | More…

SPRINGTIME
Spring is the season of love. Spring is the season of new life, new relationships. It is the springtime that really reacts to the new position of Father Sun. Life is abundant. New cycles are created. Mother Earth changes colours, the flowers are abundant. It is the time for us humans to let ourselves renew. We should let go of the feeling of Winter. We should be joyful and energetic. Elders Meditations | More… 

MOTHER EARTH
The leaves that return to the Earth are the future trees. So inside the Mother Earth are the future forests. The human, when finished with its life on the Earth, will return to the Earth. So in the Earth are our future  grandchildren. We should be respectful of the place where our future generations live. –Elders Meditations | More…

SOBRIETY
Even though now recovered, we are never too far removed from the possibility of fresh personal disaster. Each knows he must observe a high degree of honesty, humility, and tolerance, or else drink again.–Grapevine, Bill W 1947

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SOFT VOICE DISORDER
A soft or quiet voice can obviously inhibit communication. If someone can’t hear what you’re saying, they can’t give you a proper response. When some people meet a quiet talker, they may find it too much trouble to always have to try to make out what they’re saying. Instead, they’ll move on to someone they have an easier time understanding. If you want to speak in a group conversation, it’s a lot harder to draw attention to yourself if you are soft spoken. Speaking volume is a very important part of oral communication in every language. When speaking one must be able to speak loudly enough so that the audience hears you comfortably. Soft Speaking Disorder (in program-talk) may have something to do with one’s current level of ‘self-esteem’ Speaking softly is an effective management (control) strategy, and medically, speaking in a quieter tone of voice and eventually developing into a flatter-sounding monotone voice could be an indication of Parkinson’s Disease. –ELA

ANGER
Anger as a response to injustice is spiritually healthy. A theology of anger invites us to shake off the shackles of denial, resignation, and nihilism. It can help us construct healthy boundaries. –Barbara Holmes

THE SACRED WAY
If we are fault finding, putting one another down, being selfish, being violent to our spouses or children, if we are cheating and being dishonest, then we are not living the Sacred Way. The Sacred Way is about respect, love, forgiveness and sharing. –Elders Meditations | More… 

LOVE
We can create love every day. It grows in each of us as we take actions that affirm our respect and caring for others and ourselves. Love extends to our daily relationships with other people. Love is not in scarce supply. Our acts of kindness and service and our practice of genuine tolerance renew love in the world and in our hearts. — If You Want What We Have | More…

CHANGE
Many of us cling to our fears, doubts, self-loathing, or hatred because there is a certain distorted security in familiar pain. Our minds manufacture a hundred excuses for remaining right where we are, afraid to try something new. When the pain of remaining the same becomes greater than the pain of changing, we will change. We find that most of our pain comes not from change but from resistance to change. Change is how we move forward in our lives. With new things in our lives, we find new joys and loves.  –Just For Today | More…

MEETINGS
If you want to be happy, go to a meeting. If you want to be twice as happy, go to two meetings –Grapevine

BEING
Focus on Being, not doing. After all, we are human beings not human doings. The main purpose is to serve the needs of others. Everyone is a teacher. We should try to live this way; humble, patient, honouring the Earth and listening to our teachers. –Elders Meditations | More…

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SONGS
When you sing a song and play the drum, your mind, body, and spirit will react. Everything becomes calm and joyful. Our bodies love the songs. Songs allow us to touch the hand of the Creator. When we sing and touch the Great Spirit’s hand, He gives us power. Songs are another way to pray. –Elders Meditations | More…

AMENDS
To complete a multitude of nameless amends we made restitution to our communities. We focused our service efforts on helping the still-suffering addict. In this manner, we found a way to give back to society. Today, with the love and guidance of members in the program, we are giving back to the world around us rather than taking. We are making our communities better places to live by carrying the message of recovery to those we encounter in our daily lives. –Just For Today | More…

THE STEPS
We have to keep looking for something better than dullness, better than average living, better than mediocre spirituality. –Grapevine

DESPAIR
The surest way to unhappiness is to concentrate only on ourselves. Extreme self-centeredness brings alienation from God, from our friends, and loved ones. The surest remedy is to pray, not for our own comfort, but for God to bless someone else. We always get help for the blues by offering a hand to another or accepting a hand ourselves. | In God’s Care/Karen Casey | More…

HUMOUR
Life on life’s terms is often anything but funny. How often have we allowed ourselves to be upset by incidents that, taken with a bit of humour, are not all that intolerable? When we become annoyed with people and events, a search for the humour in the situation can put things in a brighter perspective. An ability to find humour in a difficult situation is a gift to develop. –Just For Today | More…

TRUST
In recovery, we can be trusted again. We can again live and love ourselves. We do this by finding our spiritual center. This is the place inside of us where our Higher Power lives. We turn our will and our lives over to this spiritual center. We do as our spiritual center tells us. And from our spiritual center, we’ll find our values.  We’ll live better lives. We’ll come to trust ourselves again. — Keep It Simple | More…

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FORGIVENESS
Getting mad at someone, is normal. Everybody gets mad sometimes. Forgiving the people we’re mad at works like magic. We don’t even have to forgive them out loud. We can forgive them in our own minds. The result is the same. When we’re mad, we are the ones who suffer most. — Today’s Gift | More…

GIFTS
Every season, Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter, has gifts that it gives to all creatures. The animals will develop thicker furs just before Winter and will shed this fur in the Spring. Squirrels will store their food in the Fall; other animals build up fat so they can hibernate during the Winter. We can watch all forms of nature and see all creatures work in harmony with the seasons. The secret for us is to learn by observing nature. Watch the trees. Learn from them. We human beings need to learn the gifts and blessings of the seasons. –Elders Meditations | More… 

SURRENDER
Surrender, we thought, brought only defeat and humiliation. The inspiration of the program brings us possibilities that cannot originate from within. When we surrender, we are no longer captives within our skins. We are actually restored to a more natural state as people in community with others, who literally cannot survive as isolated individuals. – Touchstones | More…

CHANGE
It’s relatively easy to accept the things we like—it’s the things we don’t like that are hard to accept. In recovery we’ve found that what needed changing was our own attitude and our own actions, not the people, places, and things around us. In recovery, we pray for wisdom to know the difference between what can and can’t be changed. Then, once we see the truth of our situation, we pray for the willingness to change ourselves. Grant me the wisdom to know the difference between what can be changed and what I must accept. –Just For Today | More…

WISDOM
All of Nature has the wisdom to follow the Natural Laws. All of Nature knows how to live in harmony and use this wisdom in a good way, with exception of the human being. Often we misuse this wisdom. Wisdom always remains with those who use it in the proper way. Nature has used this wisdom well, so now we need to go to Her so we humans can relearn and change our lives. –Elders Meditations | More… 

CEREMONY
Respect should be given those indigenous nations who still carry on their ceremonies; still following the ancient laws of nature with songs and ceremonies. This is the strength of the people. The ancient Wisdom and Knowledge of ancient Laws are hidden in the ceremonies and songs. We should seek out these songs and ceremonies. –Elders Meditations | More… 

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MIRACLES
God is not a cosmic bellboy. We have to laugh when we look back at the times we treated God like our servant. We don’t expect God to work miracles every time we’d like one. We’re asking our Higher Power to lead us. After all, who knows what is best for us – our Higher Power or us? — Keep It Simple | More…

FAITH
Give all your problems to God – He’ll be up all night anyway! As I progressed in recovery, I learned the definition of faith is believing what you cannot see, and the reward of faith is seeing what you believe. Through faith and a developing practice of turning situations, people and problems over to God, I’ve been rewarded with a life that is, for the most part, happy joyous and free. –Wisdom of the Rooms | More… 

MEDITATION
For some, prayer is asking for God’s help; meditation is listening for God’s answer…. Quieting the mind through meditation brings an inner peace that brings us into contact with the God within us. Be patient when you’re learning to meditate, it takes practice to know what to ‘listen’ for. Practice “listening” for knowledge of God’s will –Just For Today | More… 

FAITH
If we maintain our spiritual condition daily, we find it easier to deal with the pain and confusion. Even after we come to believe in a Power greater than ourselves, our old ideas can come back to haunt us. Major setbacks in our lives and the insecurity such events can trigger may give rise to the return of our old, inadequate ideas about God. When this happens, we need to assure ourselves that our Higher Power has not abandoned us but is waiting to help us make it through the hard times in our recovery. No matter how painful our loss may be, we will survive our setback and continue to grow if we maintain the faith our program has given us. –Just For Today | More… 

LIFECYCLE
The Creator designed all life to happen in a circle. The cycle of life for the human being is Baby, Youth, Adult, Elder, then we die. The trees and the leaves happen in a circle; the leaves bud, then the leaves mature, next the leaves change colour, and at last they fall off the tree to return to the Mother Earth. The birds bear their young, raise their young, then they die. The salmon are born, swim to the ocean, live their lives, swim back to the spawning grounds, then die. All aspects of the Life Cycle should be honoured. –Elders Meditations | More…

RESENTMENT
Harbouring resentment isn’t the solution. If it were, our resentment list would be like a telephone directory. Deal with your feelings. Learn whatever lesson is at hand. Then let the feelings go. Resentments are a coping behavior, a tool of someone settling for survival in life. They’re a form or revenge. The problem is, no matter whom we’re resenting, the anger is ultimately directed against ourselves. Take a moment. Search your heart. Have you tricked yourself into harbouring resentment? If you have, take another moment and let that resentment go.
God, grant me the serenity that acceptance brings. — More Language of Letting Go | More…

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LOVE
We need to be loved and to love. If I am to love others, then I must love myself. If I am to forgive others, then I am to forgive myself. If I am to accept others as they are, then I need to accept myself as I am. If I am to not judge others, then I need to lighten up on myself. –Elders Meditations | More… 

UNDERSTANDING
When we reach a maximum in understanding, we know how very much we shall never understand. –Grapevine

RESPECT
It is said when we walk on the Earth, we are walking on our ancestors and our unborn children. This is the relationship Native People have with the Earth. It is this relationship which gives insight into the Earth’s rhythm and heartbeat and creates the feeling of belonging. If you feel you belong to something, you’ll treat it with respect. If you feel you are above something, you’ll treat it with disrespect. Indian Spirituality is tied to the Earth. We belong to the Earth along with all other creatures on the Earth. We must align to this realization. –Elders Meditations | More… 

REMORSE
If we lose old pain, we lose all that we learned. We may repeat our mistakes, or make even worse ones next time. Dwelling on the past is equally dangerous. We began recovery to build a better life. A healthy mind in a healthy body is free to find God. And, with God’s help, we can learn to recognize and forgive our past mistakes, while we keep the lessons we learned from life. With our remembering, with our inventory, we can truly experience the repentance that frees us from regret and remorse. When we acknowledge our mistakes, we can learn from them and come to forgive ourselves. — Body, Mind, and Spirit | More…

HONESTY
Honesty, means more than just not lying, and is truly indispensable in recovery. In our dysfunctional thinking, we created a storm of self-deception and rationalization, a whirlwind of lies in which the small, quiet voice of self-honesty could not be heard. To become honest with ourselves, we first must stop lying to ourselves. In our Eleventh Step meditations, we must become quiet. Then, in the resulting stillness, we must listen for truth. When we become silent, self-honesty will be there for us to find. –Just For Today | More…

MISTAKES
We will make mistakes. We are born with the right to make mistakes. There is no shame in that. There is wisdom in the motto ‘Keep coming back.’ The motto refers to returning to our standards. Rather than to strive constantly for higher and higher perfection, our goal is to always return to the rules we live by. We will veer off the path When we do, we make repairs, pay our dues, and hold our place as full-fledged members of the human race. — Wisdom to Know | More…

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HAPPINESS
It is tempting to believe that we will be happy when we have something outside ourselves, which will make us happy. But happiness is not something we have to find outside; the seeds are in our hearts already. — Today’s Gift | More… 

PRINCIPLES
Newcomers hear us carry a message of hope to them. They tend to see us through “rose-coloured glasses.” They don’t always recognize our struggle with a particular character defect or our difficulties with improving our conscious contact with our Higher Power. It takes them time to realize that we, the “oldtimers” with three or six or ten years clean, often place personalities before principles or suffer from some other unsightly character defects. –Just For Today | More…

FOCUS
Put down the magnifying glass and pick up the mirror. Once I put the focus on me, I regain power to influence and direct my life and happiness. –Wisdom of the Rooms | More…

LOVE
It’s difficult to give away what we fear we don’t have; yet, paradoxically, that’s the key to our salvation. As we give others our love, we’ll likewise experience a greater measure of it. And it need not come from outside. It will, instead, well up from within. We each have the power of personal salvation. All we must do is love. — Worthy of Love | More… 

CLEAN
As we recover, we gain a new outlook on being clean….  Life can become a new adventure for us. As we work the Twelve Steps, we discover another kind of clean. It’s the clean that comes from admitting the truth about our addiction rather than hiding or denying our disease. It’s the freshness that comes from owning up to our wrongs and making amends for them. It’s the vitality that comes from the new set of values we develop as we seek a Higher Power’s will for us. When we practice the principles of our program in all our affairs, we have no reason to feel dirty about our lives or our lifestyles. –Just For Today | More…

POWER
Power is here all the time. It is continuous, and nobody controls it. There are certain powers that the human being has no choice but to obey. We cannot negotiate or barter with this power. Our choice is either to conform or to live out of harmony. Whatever our choice, it will be the end result in our lives that we notice. So it is with the powers of the Earth which produce life. The Earth has the life force power. If anyone plants a seed, the seed will grow. The Earth treats everyone equally. The human cannot interfere, only obey. We should all show great respect for the Earth and Her powers. –Elders Meditations |More…

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THINKING
What I do with my mind and my time is important. What I do with my mind is my inner life. What I do with my time is my outer life. Together they define who I am. We’ve been giving our minds to whatever is on the radio, television, or the gossip grapevine at work or school. That’s why it’s good to spend part of each day thinking about things we truly think are important and worthwhile. — God Grant Me | More… 

GOD
The god that people reject is not the true god, it is a god they have conjured up separate/apart from proper education, and understanding. Inside of every person – man, woman, and child – is the knowledge that there is a Supreme Being. The Elders teach us that the Creator is a loving and forgiving God. He loves us during our good days and He loves us during our bad days. He doesn’t know how to do anything but love. If I really want to find out about the true God, I only need to ask in prayer. There is one thing that God cannot do and that is refuse help to one of His children who asks. –Elders Meditations | More… 

BARCODES
The first 3 digits of barcode indicate the code of the country where a product originated. Barcodes are as follows; 00 to 13: United States and Canada, 30 to 37: France, 40 to 44: Germany, 49: Japan, 50: Great Britain, 57: Denmark, 64: Finland, 76: Switzerland and Liechtenstein, 471: Taiwan, 628: Saudi Arabia, 629: United Arab Emirates, 690 to 695: China, 480 489: Philippines.

IMPERFECTION
Imperfection offers me the freedom of a million potentials. –Grapevine

GROUP CONSCIENCE
The place to start in achieving an informed group conscience is with myself. –“We’ve Made a Decision-Don’t Confuse Us with the Facts,” –Grapevine, heartbeat of AA

ACCEPTANCE
Self-centeredness we cultivated in our addiction has distorted our perceptions of life. It is difficult to let go of our expectations and accept life as it is. We learn to accept our lives by working the Twelve Steps. We discover how to change our attitudes and let go of character defects. We no longer need to distort the truth or to run from situations. The more we practice the Steps, the easier it becomes to accept life exactly as it comes to us. –Just For Today | More…

CONFIDENCE
With the Creator in our lives, we are everything. Without the Creator, we are nothing. When the Creator is in our life, suddenly the impossible becomes possible. The extraordinary becomes ordinary. Things we thought could never happen start to happen. Talents we never know we had, start to blossom. Resources appear. Help arrives to give us guidance and direction. We become happy. We have peace of mind and confidence. –Elders Meditations | More…

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FAITH
Faith is belief without evidence. We must have faith that others can help us. We can only be helped if we want to be helped. Because Program People know how to help – that is only one half of it. The other half is up to us. We must have faith that the program has power to help. –Elders Meditations | More…

TOLERANCE
We have found tolerance to be a principle that strengthens not only our own recovery, but also our relationships with individuals who are a source of irritation to us. Strive to accept others as they are. Try not to judge others, focus on the principles of love and acceptance. –Just For Today | More…

MEETINGS
I am still amazed at the aura around AA meetings… No matter what our immediate problems, fears, or resentments, we come to a halt when the meeting begins and focus on our primary purpose –Grapevine

BELIEF
The process of coming to believe restores us to sanity. The strength to move into action comes from this belief. Coming to believe is a process that stems from personal experience. Coming to believe involves a willingness to recognize miracles for what they are. When we can look back at the evidence of a loving Higher Power acting on our behalf, it becomes possible to trust that this Higher Power will continue to help us in the future. And trust offers us the strength to move forward. –Just For Today | More…

VISION
We are created by God to be vision people. If we create within ourselves a picture or vision and we hold that picture or vision in our mind, whatever we picture will show up in our reality.
If we can see ourselves being educated, then schools and teachers will show up in our lives. If we picture in our mind a positive, spiritual person to be in our lives, we will attract this type of person in our relationships. How big can our dreams be?–Elders Meditations | More… 

PLANS
If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans. Before recovery, I had a lot of plans. Years later all the things I was sure I needed to be happy had not materialized, But I realized I had received a lot more. I was comfortable in my own skin, and I knew peace and even serenity at times. I realized that I was finally happy and that my life had meaning. And that’s when I finally understood the saying, ‘If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.’ –Wisdon of The Rooms | More… 

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MISTAKES
Our mistakes of yesterday can be stepping stones for tomorrow if we do something about them today. –Grapevine, “Patience Helps,” New York, NY, September 1947

SERVICE
Before we can be of any use to anybody else, we must find the beginnings of the answer for ourselves. –Grapevien, Rev. Samuel M. Shoemaker, Friend of AA, October 1955

INSTRUMENTS
In order for the Creator to do His work on this earth, He needs the human being to do it. How He guides us is through our eyes, ears, hands, nose, mouth, arms legs and feet. We are instruments of the Creator. We are His keepers of the earth. We are the keepers of our brothers. We are to teach His children. We are to respect the things He has made. We are to take care of ourselves and treat our bodies and our minds with respect. We are to do respectful things. We are to walk the Sacred Path. We should have good thoughts. We should do only things that we think the Creator would have us do. What an honor to be a human being. What an honor that He would talk to us and guide us to perform His wonders. –Elders Meditation | More…

GROWTH
When someone points out a shortcoming, our first reaction may be defensive. There will always be room for growth. Letting go of our defences opens the door to change, growth, and new freedom. Each day in the recovery process will bring an opportunity for further change and growth.   –Just For Today | More…

TRADITIONS
Our Traditions were written first in our hearts, instinctively I think. We are but caretakers to preserve the spiritual quality of our Fellowship. –Grapevine AA Co-Founder, Bill W., November 1950, “AA Is Not Big Business”

PEACE
Step Four asks us to admit our character defects. The founders of the Twelve Steps were wise men who understood the value of self-assessment. None of us is without problems, many of which we cause ourselves because of behavior we need to change. But until we can stand back from ourselves and see our part in our troubles, we’ll not have the data we need to make a change in our lives. This program is designed to help us change. Its goal for us is greater peace, but we must do our part. — A Life of My Own | More…

POWER
Each of the four directions has special powers. These powers or Grandfathers are there to help us. The powers are from the East, the South, the West, and the North. To call upon the power we need to stand in the center and face each of the directions and honor all forms of life in each direction. Facing the East we honor all the two legged, four legged, winged ones, plants’ nation and the animals. We repeat this prayer in each of the four directions. This allows us to become centered. When we are centered, then we are ready to call the helpers. It is said, when the student is ready, the teacher appears. If we are to be ready, we need to remember to always get quiet first. We do this by honouring and praying to the four directions. –Elders Meditations | More… 

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ENCOURAGEMENT
Encouragement is one of the greatest gifts we can give one another. No conversation is without purpose. Even those exchanges that seem meaningless offer us opportunities for bettering someone else’s opinion of themselves. What greater offerings have we to make than to be loving and helpful to someone traveling this path with us? If we haven’t given much attention to this part of our assignment before, let’s begin now. The homework will make all of us feel much better. — Keepers of the Wisdom | More… 

SURRENDER
Our fears are lessened and faith begins to grow as we learn the true meaning of surrender. We are no longer fighting fear, anger, guilt, self-pity, or depression. Surrender can be difficult, still, it’s easier to trust God, a Power capable of managing our lives, than to trust only ourselves, whose lives are unmanageable.  And the more we surrender, the easier it gets. –Just For Today | More…

POWER
In order for us to use our power well, we must become a hollow bone. We must prepare ourselves to become a channel. Our channel must be clean before we can use our power well. We must be free of resentments, guilt, shame, anger, self-pity and fear. If these things are in us, we cannot be hollow bones. These things block us from our power. The cleaner we are, the more power we move. We must become a hollow bone so the Creator can use us to do what he wants us to do. –Elders Meditations

MENTORS
We have all had mentors. The process of mentoring is how most of us learn, ultimately. We are not through living yet, thus we are not through mentoring either. Every encounter we have with someone is mentoring in action. What we can control, is the content of our own mentoring. Are we satisfied that we’ve done our best? — Keepers of the Wisdom | More…

SHOW LOVE
A broader definition of employment gives every one of us a chance to put in a productive day. Knowing that our presence, our words, our willingness to listen to someone else has made life better for them makes it better for us, too. — Keepers of the Wisdom | More… 

SURRENDER
Most of the pain we experience comes from fighting, not surrendering. In fact, when we surrender, the pain ends and hope takes its place. We begin to believe that all will be well and, after some time, realize that our lives are much better as a result. We feel the same way we did when we gave up the illusion that we could control our using. –Just For Today | More…

AMENDS
Hurting someone thoughtlessly just to lift our own guilt is not a proper Step Nine. Amends are for rebuilding the burned bridges in our lives. The point in every amends attempt is to take responsibility for what we did and express our regrets. Couple this with changed behavior, and our relationships will improve immediately. — A Life of My Own | More…

GRATITUDE
Whenever we pick plants or herbs, we should leave an offering. We should talk to the plants and ask their permission to use them. The plants will feel honoured to be of service, for each of them knows they are here to serve. Each of them knows they carry a special medicine and this medicine is about continuing the cycle of life. We need always to be grateful to our brothers and sisters. Creator, thank you for the opportunity of life _Elders Meditations | More…

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May


SERVICE

Being involved in service makes me feel worthwhile.
At thirty days clean, some members will tell us that what we can do best is listen.
Service is something that is our unique gift—something that no one can take away from us. We give, –Just For Today | More…

COMPLACENCY
There is one thing more than anything else that will defeat us in our recovery;
This is an attitude of indifference or intolerance toward spiritual principles.
We didn’t necessarily accept every single spiritual idea we heard.
But we started thinking, if these principles had worked for others, just maybe they’d work for us, too. For a beginning, that willingness was enough. –Just For Today | More…

THINKING
Think only about what is holy. Empty your mind
If we let our minds wander, we will come up with a lot of junk.
We cannot stop thinking, but we can choose what to think about.
The Elders say we move towards what we think about.
That’s why they say, ‘Think about what is holy, and think about good’. –Elders Meditations | More…

PROGRESS
Abandoning the old attitude of “all or nothing” we learn to settle for very gradual progress, punctuated occasionally by very heavy setbacks. –A Day at a Time | More…

FUN
In time, we can relax and enjoy the atmosphere of recovery.
We learn to lighten up in recovery.
We laugh at the absurdity of our addiction.
Our meetings—those rooms filled with the lively, happy sounds of percolating coffee, clattering chairs, and laughing addicts—are the gathering places where we first welcome our newcomers and let them know that, yes, we’re having fun now. –Just For Today | More…

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CARETAKING
Every person needs to conscientiously think about how they respect the Earth.
Do we dump our garbage out of the car? Do we poison the water? Do we poison the air?
Am I taking on the responsibility of being a caretaker of the Earth?    –Elders Meditations | More…

PRESENCE
Slow down or stop – depending on how fast you’re going.
Look – see where you are, whom you’re with, what you’re doing.
Give whatever you’re doing your attention.
Listen – as much as possible, quell your anxiety, cease your mental chatter, and just listen to nature, to other people, to God, and to yourself. –52 Weeks of Conscious Contact/Melody Beattie | More…

SERVICE
The most spiritual thing you can do is to help someone
It is the way out of the prison of self, and it always sets our spirits free. –Wisdom of the Rooms | More…

SERVICE
It is our experience as alcoholics that makes us of unique value…
We can approach sufferers as no one else can. –“A United Message of Recovery,” Decatur, Georgia, May 1994/AA Grapevine

PEACE
When we are centered on our spiritual path, we can respond to our fears with peace.  And by living peaceably ourselves, we invite a spirit of peace to enter our world.  We can affect positive change by doing our best to practice the principles of our program. –Just For Today | More…

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PROGRESS
All AA progress can be reckoned in terms of just two words: humility and responsibility. –Bill W., January 1966, “The Guidance of AA’s World Affairs”/The Language of the Heart

AWAKENING
If every day is an awakening, you will never grow old.
You will just keep growing. -Gail Sheehy
Native Spirituality is full of life. When we seek it we become alive.
If we look outside ourselves, we will not find life; if we look inside, we will find life.
Anytime we choose to change our lives, we only need to look inside. –Elders Meditations | More…

GROWING
To keep growing and to keep building character, we need to rehearse kindness, patience, and love.
We need to practice awareness of our Higher Power in our lives –Day by Day | More…

WILLINGNESS
Good things increase in direct proportion to my willingness to become teachable. –AA Grapevine

TEACHABLE
We have learned that it is okay to not know all the answers For then we are teachable and can learn to live our new life successfully. As recovering addicts and as human beings, we have much to learn.  Other addicts—and other humans—have much to teach us about what works and what doesn’t.  As long as we remain teachable, we can take advantage of the experience of others. –Just For Today | More…

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YOUR DISEASE
Hello, I am Your Disease

I hate meetings.
I hate your higher power.
I hate anyone who has a program.

To all who come in contact with me,
I wish you suffering and death.

Allow me to introduce myself…
I am the disease of addiction.
Alcoholism, drugs and eating disorders.
I am cunning, baffling and powerful. That’s me!

I’ve killed millions and enjoyed doing it.
I love to catch you by surprise.
I love pretending I’m your friend and lover.
I’ve given you comfort.
Wasn’t I there when you were lonely?
When you wanted to die, didn’t you call on me?

I love to make you hurt.
I love to make you cry. Better yet…
I love it when I make you so numb,
You can’t hurt and you can’t cry.
You feel nothing at all.

I give you instant gratification.
All I ask for in return is long term suffering.
I’ve always been there for you.

When things were going right, you invited me back.
You said you didn’t deserve to be happy.
I agreed with you.
Together we were able to destroy your life.

People don’t take me seriously.
They take strokes seriously.
They take heart attacks seriously.
Even diabetes, they take seriously.
Yet, without my help, these things wouldn’t be possible.

I’m such a hated disease, yet I don’t come uninvited.
You choose to have me.
Many have chosen me, instead of love and peace.

I hate all of you who work a 12 step program.
Your program, your meetings, and your higher power weaken me.
I can’t function in the manner I am accustomed to.

I am your disease.
For now I must lie here quietly.
You don’t see me, but I’m growing more powerful every day.

When you settle for mere existence, I thrive.
When you feel fully alive, I weaken.
But I’m always here waiting for you.

Until we meet again,
I wish you continued suffering and death.
Author Unknown –In The Sunlight | More…

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RELAPSE
(Definition: a deterioration in someone’s state of health after a temporary improvement.)

The Top 14 Symptoms of A Relapse

1. Exhaustion: Becoming overly tired – heads up, workaholics.

2. Dishonesty: Little lies and deceits – making excuses.

3. Impatience: Things do not happen fast enough – others not doing what they should. Road rage and driving dangerously are signs also.

4. Argumentativeness: Arguing ridiculous points of view – looking for an excuse to drink, use drugs, gamble, or other “acting-out” addictions.

5. Depression: Unreasonable despair – Problems not being talked out.

6. Frustration: At people and things that may not be going your way.

7. Self-pity: Why do these things only happen to me? Why am I like I am? (Hint: Even if you do know why you are as you are – it does not change anything. You have to make changes.)

8. Over-Confident: Thinking you have got-it-made – you no longer fear your addiction – and you take risks getting involved with people, places, and things that you know are high risk.

9. Complacency: Thinking everything is ok, and “forgetting” about past negative consequences. Cruising on yesterday’s recovery.

10. Expecting too much from others: “I have changed, why hasn’t everyone else started to trust me, reward me, etc…”

11. Abuse of Over The Counter Medicines: Rather than your “drug of choice” or mood altering substances.

12. Personal expectations set too high: Setting goals that are unattainable, or that take time and effort to obtain and not willing to be patient and put in the hard work. “Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.”

13. Selective Memory: Forgetting what you were like when you were using, abusing or deep into your addiction. Learn to be grateful each day, even if the world seems a little less colorful to you – it will get better.

14. Not rewarding yourself in healthy ways: Still thinking that substance use is a reward, or something that you deserve. Most people, who have gotten to the point where their substance use could be considered abuse, or that they were or are addicted or dependent, cannot really go back to controlled use. Like it or not, for many it is a fact of life. So, to deal with thinking a drink or using a drug is a good thing – play the tape to the end and remember where it got you, and it started out by using just once. Stop the process before it gets started. Do not take chances, and remind yourself that there are so many better rewards in life when you remain clean and sober! ~By Bruce “The Gazette Guy” Huberman

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ANY LENGTHS
When we used, we usually had an open mind when it came to finding ways and means to get more drugs.
If we can apply this same principle of open-mindedness to our recovery, we may surprise ourselves by how easily we begin to grasp the program.  Our best thinking, it is often said, got us into the rooms of Narcotics Anonymous.
If we are willing to go to any lengths, follow directions, and stay open-minded, we can stay clean. –Just For Today | More…

SPIRITUAL BASICS
Many of us understand God to be simply whatever force keeps us clean.
Starting over in recovery means we can start over in our spiritual life, too.   If we’re not comfortable with what we learned when we were growing up, we can try a different approach to our spirituality.
We don’t have to understand everything all at once or find the answers to all our questions right away.
Sometimes it’s enough just to know that other members believe and that their belief helps keep them clean. –Just For Today | More…

TIMING
(Definition: the choice, judgement, or control of when something should be done.)
The old ones say two things must be present for a miracle to take place.
One, the right time. Two, the right place.
This is why we need to honor our ceremonies.
Ceremonies are done in an order.  –Elders Meditations | More…

SACRED CENTER
(Definition: revered due to sanctity; connected with God or dedicated to a religious purpose and so deserving veneration.)
Without a sacred center, no one knows right from wrong.
In the center of the circle is where the powers reside.
These powers are called love, principle, justice, spiritual knowledge, life, forgiveness and truth. We access these powers by being still, quieting the mind.
Only in this way do we know right from wrong. –Elders Meditations| More…

MISERY
We can implement the Serenity Prayer, accepting what we can’t change and changing what we can.
Emotional pain may call for a therapist or friend, and spiritual distress may indicate the need for more prayer and meditation, closer contact with a Higher Power.
We can accept responsibility for our feelings, become willing to go to any lengths to get well, and choose not to be miserable. –Inner Harvest/Elisabeth L | More…

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APOPLECTICA
Nervous and Mental dis-ease
Of, resembling, or produced by apoplexy
Unconsciousness or incapacity resulting from a cerebral haemorrhage or stroke.
Extreme anger.
From Ancient Greek ἀποπληξία, meaning ‘a striking away’
Any sudden death that began with a sudden loss of consciousness
Apoplexy was sometimes used to refer to the symptom of sudden loss of consciousness immediately preceding death.
The state of intense and almost uncontrollable anger
Overcome with anger; furious.

LIGHT
As soon as you step into the light, all fear and pain go away.
When we stand in the power, fear cannot exist.
How do we find this place of power? We pray our way into it.
When we get to that place, we will feel the fear go away. –Elders Meditations | More…

PATIENCE
Patience is needed with everyone, but first of all with ourselves.
We forget to allow ourselves to fail, even though our growth up to now has been a series of failures that we’ve learned from.
With patience, we allow ourselves to take chances we might not otherwise explore, and we widen our world of possibilities.
Life has been patient with us so far, now it’s our turn. –Today’s Gift | More…

ENTIRELY READY
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.
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. –Just for Today | More…

LETTING GO
What a relief we feel as we make sense out of our fear and begin to talk with each other.
We let go of secrets between us and work toward mutual understanding.
As we communicate, the knot in our stomach loosens and light reappears in our relationship. –The More We Find in Each Other | More…

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WRITE IT DOWN
The rewards we find through the simple action of writing are many.
Clarity of thought, keys to locked places inside of us, and the voice of conscience are but a few.
Writing helps us be more honest with ourselves.
We sit down, quiet our thoughts, and listen to our hearts.
What we hear in the stillness are the truths that we put down on paper. –Just For Today | More…

TRUST
Only mutual trust can be the foundation for great love — each of us for the other, and all of us for God. –AA Co-Founder, Bill W., 1960, “Freedom Under God: The Choice Is Ours”/The Language of the Heart

LOVE
If we look closely and with love toward the people so carefully placed in our midst,
we’ll discover many hearts, like our own, searching for acceptance. –Worthy of Love | More…

ALIGNMENT
As we continue our recovery journey, we can get side-tracked by complacency, intolerance, or dishonesty.  When we do, we need to recognize the signs quickly and get back on our path—the open road to freedom and growth. –Just For Today | More…

PEACE OF MIND
When we make decisions or experience conflict we need to look at the greater whole.
The end result we want to accomplish is peace of mind.
A good question to ask ourselves is, “would I rather be right or happy?” –Elders Meditations | More…

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THOUGHTS TO CONSIDER
Don’t sweat the small stuff, and remember, it’s all small stuff.
Drinking didn’t cause my problems, living did.
The practicing alcoholic is the only person in the world who can lie in the gutter and still look down on others.
AA meetings are the jumper cables God uses to get love flowing from one alcoholic to another –My Mind is Out to Get Me | More…

AWARENESS
The Old People would gather words as they walked a sacred path across the Earth, leaving nothing behind but prayers and offerings.”
Whenever we walk on the Earth, we should pay attention to what is going on.
If we are aware as we walk, we will gather words for our lives, the lessons to help our children; we will gather feelings of interconnectedness and calmness.
When we experience this, we should say or think thoughts of gratitude. –Elders Meditations | More… 

FEAR
To stay clean, we must find the willingness to change our old ways of thinking.
What has worked for others can work for us—but we must be willing to try it.
We must trade in our old cynical doubts for new affirmations of hope.
When we do, we’ll find it’s worth the risk. –Just For Today | More…

REWARDS
The rewards of asking for help – increased humility, connection, and trust – are well worth the effort. –‘H-E-L-P,’ Phoenix, Arizona, April 2011/AA Grapevine

HARMONY
Inside every human being is a need to dance. We dance to music.
Have you ever wondered why people are moved when they hear a Drum?
The drum is the heartbeat of the Mother Earth.
The beat of the drum makes our bodies, minds, and spirits join together in harmony.
It allows us to connect to Mother Earth and to each other.
The dance aligns our minds to think spiritual thoughts.
Dancing to the drum is healthy. –Elders Meditations | More…

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CARING
It’s healthy, wise, and loving to be considerate and responsive to the feelings and needs of others.
That’s different from caretaking. Caretaking is a self-defeating and a relationship defeating behavior Caretaking is a behavior that backfires and can cause us to feel resentful and victimized
Because ultimately, what we feel, want, and need will come to the surface.

We do not have to feel responsible for others.
We do not have to feel guilty about not feeling responsible for others.
We can learn to let ourselves feel good about taking responsibility for our needs and feelings. –The Language of Letting | More…

MEETINGS
In my heart, I know that meetings benefit me in all kinds of ways.
Today, I want what’s good for me.  I will attend a meeting. –Just For Today | More…

HARMONY
Our hearts work like a tuning fork.
When the heart feels completely in tune with a decision or thought or action in our lives, then we know it is the right one for us.
We can actually feel the harmony inside our bodies. –Today’s Gift | More…

SPONORSHIP
How do people with a long stretch of recovery learn to live without relapse?
Many of them mention sponsoring and being sponsored.
Sponsorship is one of the great gifts of the Twelve Step program, bearing an extraordinary power to turn a person’s life around. | More…

TEACHERS
To believe that every tree, plant, and insect can talk takes an open mind.
Go by yourself into nature and sit quietly.
Then pick up a rock and listen to your thoughts.
After a while, put that rock down and pick up another rock.
Your thoughts will change.
These are the voices and wisdom of the Stone People. –Elders Meditations | More…

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PERFECTIONISM
We think that by ‘doing it right’, we will get rid of the shame,” observed psychologist Carol Travilla.

Some of us may be motivated to perfectionism by our toxic shame
The inner message we hear is: “Shame on you! You are needy. You are human.”
It’s fake guilt; and it’s poisonous.
We don’t have to be hooked into listening to these self-defeating messages.
God wants to release us from the overwhelming burden of perfectionism.
We can forget the false shame and relax.
God knows our human needs and he accepts and likes us anyway. –NAC/Joan C, Webb | More…

HOPE
Hope is about the future.
It may be oriented to the next hour, or the next day, or the next month or year or decade.
But hope is always about anticipation.
Those of us who like to control things often find hope difficult because we do not control the future. Many of us are compulsive makers-of-plans.
We need to remind ourselves regularly, therefore, that God’s vision for the future is better than our own.

God has been clear about our future.
It is God’s intention to give us a hope and a future.
This is not a promise of a trouble-free life.
It is not a promise of immunity from struggle.
But it is a promise of hope.
God has been with us in the past.
God is with us in the present. And God will be with us in the future.

PRAYER
Thank you for paying attention to my future, Lord.
Thank you for making plans.
Help me today to rest in the thought that your plans for me include blessing.
Open my heart today to the hope and the future you have prepared for me. –NAC/D&J Ryan | More…

REALITY
We reject fantasizing and accept reality. And we find it beautiful.
For, at last, we are at peace with ourselves. And with others. And with God. –“Learning to Handle Sobriety,” Connecticut, March 1975/Grapevine

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SPIRITUALITY
In working our program, we are given many indirect indications of a Higher Power’s presence in our lives. The clean feeling that comes to so many of us in taking our Fifth Step –Just For Today | More…

Caring
We care most about what we’re involved in directly. If we’re not personally involved, we’re not very enthusiastic. It’s our stake in something that makes it important. To feel more alive, we must be more alive. Caring is life and involvement is growth. –Days of Healing, Days of Joy/Earnie & Carol Larsen | More…

THE JOURNEY
If we keep showing up at meetings and staying clean, life gets… well, different.
The continual search for answers to life’s ups and downs can lead us to question all aspects of our lives.
Life isn’t always pleasant. This is when we must turn to our Higher Power with even more faith.
Sometimes all we can do is hold on tight, believing that things will get better.

In time, our faith will produce understanding.
We will begin to see the “bigger picture” of our lives.
As our relationship with our Higher Power unfolds and deepens, acceptance becomes almost second-nature.
No matter what happens as we walk through recovery, we rely on our faith in a loving Higher Power and continue onward. –Just For Today | More…

WORRY & STRESS
A cause of unnecessary stress in planning results comes from our ingrained habit of regarding ourselves as inadequate. Thus, we quit too soon and rationalize our resignation with a “Why bother to try?” attitude.

I can make plans but not plan results. I can work out my plan, one day at a time, knowing that my past performance is NOT an infallible indicator of my present or future success. I can look forward with hope, not despair. –The Reflecting Pond/Liane Cordes | More…

OPPORTUNITY
Sometimes what we think is a setback is really a setup for God to do something great –Joel Osteen

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QUIET TIME
Quiet suggests a different quality of interaction with God, a quality of being that incorporates elements of solitude, silence and stillness. Elements that are interwoven in historical practices. Many of us are constantly plugged into the Internet, email and social media leading to digital addiction and an inability to be present to the here and now of our life.

QUIET TIME
If your heart is full of other things you cannot hear the voice of God –Mother Teresa

Contemplative prayer practice incorporates some degree of solitude, silence and stillness. To support your journey in contemplative spirituality, we are encouraged to explore these nine practices. Each one will vary in its degree of solitude, silence and stillness. Each practice teaches more about its history, methodology and impact –Gravity – More…

SOLITUDE, SILENCE and STILLNESS.
Do yourself a favour and make room for solitude, silence and stillness

SOLITUDE
We must learn how to be alone—how to be alone with ourselves and with God.
Scripture reveals that Jesus “often withdrew to places of solitude to pray.” (Luke 5:16) In solitude, we learn to be present. We learn to be present to our self, to God and to one another. As we let God heal our hidden neediness, anxiety and pain, we experience more authentic connection to our self, to God and to others.

SILENCE
Most of us don’t know how to be quiet. We do not truly listen. We can’t listen if we’re not quiet. And to get quiet, really quiet from the inside out, we need to practice Silence. Practicing silence helps us develop the ability to listen and discern God’s voice and leading.

STILLNESS
Practicing stillness teaches us impulse control or restraint. Restraining us from the impulses of our human nature that are secretly out of control. We may not recognize these compulsions enslave us. These unconscious impulses feed our hidden obsessive need for affirmation, control and security. And keep us from freely giving of our highest and truest self to make our world a better place.

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DIGITAL ADDICTION
There are three types of digital addiction which include phone addiction, internet addiction and social media addiction. Internet, email and social media lead us to digital addiction and an inability to be present to the here and now of our life.

Why is this? The answer has to do with limbic resonance, which cannot be found in adequate supply through online interactions.

We must dare to detach from our digital appendages and deal with the anxiety it produces in us.

Phone addiction is a dependence syndrome and a clinical addiction where users are affected by smartphone overuse which impacts their daily lives in a negative way. Addiction expert and therapist Paul Hokemeyer explains that this addiction can be a result of underlying behavioral health and personality issues. Those who do suffer with this addiction could have underlying issues like depression, anxiety and a socially challenged personality, causing them to constantly use their devices for comfort. —More…

Social media addiction is easy to define. If you spend far too much time on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat to the point where you document each and every aspect of your life on any/all of the platform, you could be a social media addict. Although there’s no medical recognition of social media addiction, the term itself has become subject to research and investigation within recent years and overuse of Facebook in itself has been proven to be linked to a decrease in feelings of satisfaction and happiness. —More…

Internet addiction is  defined as an impulse control disorder, also known as pathological internet use, where some may find it difficult to differentiate between the virtual world and reality. Sufferers tend to spend excessive amounts of time online, not only eating up time but also causing a higher risk of overspending by getting involved in online gambling and gaming. —More…

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PRAYER
Prayer is the best answer to all of the trials that face us.
Without prayer, even if we succeed in accomplishing some great goal in the eyes of men, we have failed in our sacred responsibilities.
Thus we have failed in what is truly important.
What are our sacred responsibilities?
One is to be of maximum service to the Creator, and two is to serve the people.
In a way, it’s like the Great Spirit is the employer and we are the employees.
Working for the Creator is better than working for a human being.
Each night we can talk to the Creator and ask Him, “Well, how did I do today?”.
He answers back each night, “I’m proud of you, my child; sleep well, and in the morning I’ll give you a new set of growing experiences.”. –Elders Meditations | More…

LIVING
Learning to live means learning to manage all our daily responsibilities.
If we can’t keep our clothes clean, take out the garbage, or get up on time, how can we expect to handle promotions, marriages, and crises?
Daily effort may seem inconsequential, but our big break is the result of all our todays well lived. –Day by Day | More…

LEARNING
What we really need to learn is how to live life.
Nature is the greatest university when we want to learn about balance, harmony, the Natural Laws and how to live life.
We will never learn unless we spend time in the “living university.”
Nature will help with Medicine, knowledge, and healing. –Elders Meditations | More…

IF ONLY
Do we remember that we are fortunate just to be alive?
When we dwell in the “if onlys,” we get stuck in yesterday.
But what we have to work with today are “today’s tools,” and if we use them well, we’ll have no need for the “if onlys.” –Day by Day | More…

PATIENCE
The story of the shipwrecked Robinson family is a lesson in patience. Today might have been one of those days where we felt our prayers weren’t answered. But we need to remember our prayers are heard. Now it is up to us to Let Go and Let God. –Night Light/Amy E. Dean | More…

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SERENITY
We learned the hard way that serenity comes only from working the steps.
A new car comes from showing up on the job every day and trying to “practice these principles in all our affairs,” including our employment.
Healthy relationships come as a result of lots of hard work and a new willingness to communicate.
Friendship with our sponsor comes as a result of reaching out during the good times as well as the bad.
In AA we have found the path to a better way of life.
To reach our destination, however, we must do the footwork. –Just For Today | More…

SPIRITUALITY
The Twelve Steps are given to us as a “suggested” program of recovery.
It is a program that works because it takes us out of our rigid ways.
We are continually made new. That is the vitality of the spiritual life. –Touchstones | More…

MISTAKES.
Mistakes are a very vital and important part of being human.
For particularly stubborn people (such as addicts), mistakes are often our best teachers.
There is no shame in making mistakes.
In fact, making new mistakes often shows our willingness to take risks and grow. –Just For Today | More…

STEP FIVE
As we approach this step, most of us are afraid that there is a monster inside of us that, if released, will destroy us.  We can only change what we acknowledge and understand.
Rather than continuing to fear what’s buried inside us, we can bring it out into the open.
We’ll no longer be frightened, and our recovery will flourish in the full light of self-awareness. –Just For Today | More…

SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE
A religious, or spiritual experience, is the act of giving up reliance on one’s own omnipotence. –Dr. Harry Tiebout, September 1944, Comments on Wylie Ideas/The Language of the Heart

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SACREDNESS
We must have respect and understanding for women and all female life.
The Woman has a powerful position in the Unseen World.
She has the special ability to bring forth life.
They told us to start showing Her respect and to look upon her in a sacred manner.
We must start this today. –Elders Meditations | More…

GOD’s PLAN
May I make no decision; engineer no change in the course of my life stream, without calling upon my Higher Power.
May I have faith that God’s plan for me is better than any scheme I could devise for myself. –A Day at a Time | More…

HP’s Will
The Twelve Steps are a path to spiritual awakening.
When we open our hearts wide enough to sense our Higher Power’s guidance, we feel a calm serenity.
This peace is the beacon that guides us through our troubled feelings, providing clear direction when our minds are busy and confused.
Fear or doubt may plague us when we attempt to carry out our Higher Power’s will, but we’ve learned to trust the moment of clarity.
Our greatest happiness lies in following the will of our loving God. –Just For Today | More…

FUN
How do we begin having more fun?
The first step is deciding to leave the past behind.
Having more fun is clearly a decision that is coupled with action.
Any one of us can do it as well as we want to. –Keepers of the Wisdom /Karen Casey | More…

CHANGE
The Elders tell us change occurs in two directions.
That which is built is constantly being destroyed; and that which is loose is being used to build the new.
In other words, change is constantly going on.
The Great Spirit designed people with change abilities such as visioning, imagery and imagination.
We need to learn to use these tools and then we’ll look forward to change. –Elders Meditations | More…

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DIRECTION
My spirituality has a lot to do with the way I use my life energy.
The key is never let our recovery become “dead in the water.”
We keep a good direction by working the Steps.
Working the Steps tells us what we need to be doing and where we need to go in our recovery.
Our sponsor helps us with this and helps us stay on course. –God Grant Me. . . | More…

AWARENESS
The Old People would gather words as they walked a sacred path across the Earth, leaving nothing behind but prayers and offerings.”
Whenever we walk on the Earth, we should pay attention to what is going on.
If we are aware as we walk, we will gather words for our lives, the lessons to help our children; we will gather feelings of interconnectedness and calmness.
When we experience this, we should say or think thoughts of gratitude. –Elders Meditations | More…

PROGRESS
I need to remember how humiliated, confused, insecure and frightened I felt at my first meeting, and compare that to how I feel today. –“Know Thyself!” Poughkeepsie, New York, July 2011/AA Grapevine

STEP SIX
After taking the Fifth Step, one by one, we examined our character defects.
And were we entirely ready to have God remove all of them. –Just For Today | More…

THE TIME IS NOW
If not now, when? If not me. who?
You must be the person who prays and meditates.
You must be the person who will sacrifice.
You must decide to be a peaceful Warrior.
What will you decide today? –Elders Meditations | More…

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MIRACLES
When the miracle happens, the wants and needs of the ego are limited and short sighted.
God’s will is vast and includes infinite possibilities for happiness and fulfilment.
By developing the faith to truly seek God’s will, I’ve been able to let go of controlling others, be of service, and to let go of expectations. –Wisdom Of The Rooms | More…

AMENDS
Making amends is simple.  We approach the person we have harmed and say, “I was wrong.”
To make effective amends, we have to keep it simple: we admit our part, and leave it at that.
After all, we were the ones in the wrong.  We have done our part; the rest is out of our hands. –Just For Today | More…

POSITIVENESS
Why dwell on what you can’t do? … Why not concentrate on what you can do and do it? –“If You Can’t Live or Die, Make Coffee!” Freeport, New York, September 1988/The Home Group: Heartbeat of AA/Grapevine

HOPE
Hope is about the future.
It may be oriented to the next hour, or the next day, or the next month or year or decade.
But hope is always about anticipation.
Those of us who like to control things often find hope difficult because we do not control the future.
Many of us are compulsive makers-of-plans.
We need to remind ourselves regularly, therefore, that God’s vision for the future is better than our own.

God has been clear about our future.
It is God’s intention to give us a hope and a future.
This is not a promise of a trouble-free life.
It is not a promise of immunity from struggle.
But it is a promise of hope.
God has been with us in the past.
God is with us in the present.
And God will be with us in the future.

PRAYER
Thank you for paying attention to my future, Lord.
Thank you for making plans.
Help me today to rest in the thought that your plans for me include blessing.
Open my heart today to the hope and the future you have prepared for me. –NAC/D&J Ryan | More…

SOBRIETY
In AA we aim not only for sobriety – we try again to become citizens of the world that we rejected, and of the world that once rejected us. –AA Co-Founder, Bill W.,/AA Grapevine

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INTERCONNECTEDNESS
Pray to the East every morning.
Your mind will expand and you will experience oneness with the Great Spirit.
You’ll realize how much the Creator loves you! Just try it! –Elders Meditations | More…

RECEIVING
The gifts we receive are meant to be shared.
When I am willing to share the gifts I have received, I always have enough,
because what I give comes back to me. –Inner Harvest/Elisabeth L. | More…

FORGIVENESS
We can practice forgiveness each day.
Resentments have a way of creeping back into my psyche
When I remember that my track record is far from perfect,
I realize I could use some daily forgiveness, both from others and from myself.
I can let go of resentments and forgive.
If resentments come back, I can forgive again. –Inner Harvest/Elisabeth L. | More…

SPIRITUAL AWAKENING
The steps lead to an awakening of a spiritual nature.  This awakening is evidenced by changes in our lives.
Just as the disease of addiction is evidenced by definite symptoms, so is a spiritual awakening made manifest by certain obvious signs in a recovering addict. Such as,
Thinking and acting spontaneously, loss of interest in judging, unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment, and frequent attacks of smiling. –Just For Today | More…

INTERCONNECTEDNESS
When we lose sight of interconnectedness, separation, possessiveness and infighting results.
At an individual level, if we don’t believe we are connected to all things we get self-centered and have self-seeking motives.
We must think in harmony, balance and integrity.
We must see our relationship to the great whole and conduct ourselves accordingly. –Elders Meditations | More…

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AMENDS
We want to be free of our guilt, but we don’t wish to do so at the expense of anyone else.
The Ninth Step is not about easing our guilty consciences; it’s about taking responsibility for the wrongs we’ve done.
We are not just seeking freedom from remorse—we are seeking freedom from our defects. –Just For Today | More…

WORRY
Worry is a terrible waste of the imagination
Today I use my imagination to envision my life and world as God would have it be,
Rather than worry that it might not turn out the way I would have it. –Wisdom of the Rooms | More…

THE JOURNEY
I build today the road I travel tomorrow. –“Short Takes,” Binghamton, New York, July 1967/AA Grapevine

FAITH
There is a relationship between thought and reality.
Every thought is alive, and as soon as you think it, a result occurs immediately.
This occurs because the Laws of the Great Spirit act immediately.
When you tell a lie, you immediately experience fear.
When you tell the truth, you immediately experience freedom.
To the Creator, there is no time.
For us to experience the meaning of this requires us to act on faith.
Faith is belief without evidence. –Elders Meditations | More…

CONNECTION
The night time is full of life, full of song, and full of beauty.
At night all our senses change their roles.
Because we can’t see, our hearing is much stronger, our smell is even more enhanced, our sight is different.
We can close our eyes and experience interconnectedness in a different way. –Elders Meditations | More…

DREAMS
We will still have daydreams … But they will be constructive dreams, rather than mere flights of fancy. –New York, NY, August 1948./Grapevine

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INTERCONNECTEDNESS
The most relaxing activities may be the ones in which we do absolutely nothing.
If we can do nothing amid the sounds of nature – birds chirping, water bubbling in a brook, the wind rustling in the trees – so much the better.
The point is to slow down, to hear our own thoughts.
When we remember nature, we remember – our bodies remember – that we are a part of nature, part of something greater than ourselves. –Body, Mind, and Spirit | More…

LESSONS
Attaching value judgments to our emotional reactions ties us to our old ways of thinking.
We can change the way we think about the incidents of everyday life, viewing them as opportunities for growth.
We can search for lessons rather than assigning value. When we do this, we learn something from each day.
Our daily Tenth Step is an excellent tool for evaluating the day’s events and learning from both success and failure. –Just For Today | More…

VISION
You move toward and become like that which you think about.
If we think about secret things, these secret things will come to pass.
Our visions are very powerful. Visions determine our direction, our lives.
We should think about our visions to make sure they include the Great Spirit in every area. –Elders Meditations | More…

CEREMONIES
Hidden in ceremonies are many truths, principles, guidelines for living — access to the Unseen World, healing and visions.
We need to go to the Elders and learn the ceremonies so we can pass them on to our children. –Elders Meditations | More…

CHARACTERISTICS
Simplicity, devotion, steadfastness, and loyalty; these, were the hallmarks of character which Dr. Bob had well implanted in so many of us. –Bill W., September 1950/”We Came of Age,”/The Language of the Heart

LOVE
When we concentrate on loving those we think are unlovable, we find out how expansive love is. –North Hollywood, California, September 1988/Grapevine

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UNITY
There is a concept that says you move toward and become that which you think about.
We all need to pray and meditate on this.
We need to understand the property of unity. –Elders Meditations | More…

HONESTY
Happiness in recovery and in society depends on our honesty. There is no such thing as too much honesty.
When we practice honesty in all our affairs, we discover the reason for being honest is not because it is expected of us, but because we find that honesty avoids problems and makes our life happier. –Easy Does It | More…

TWELVE STEPS
In the Twelve Steps, AA offers an historical record of how more than 25,000 [now over 2,000,000] alcoholics achieved sobriety.–“A Way of Life,” Chicago, Illinois, July 1946/Grapevine

BEING OURSELF
We examined our lives and discovered who we really are.
To be truly humble is to accept and honestly try to be ourselves.|
Once we began our recovery, we entered a new and different life.
We couldn’t be ourselves because we didn’t know who we were anymore.
The Twelve Steps give us a simple method for finding out who we really are
The real healing begins when we understand that if our Higher Power created us this way, it must be okay to be who we really are.
By working the steps we can experience the freedom to be ourselves, the person our Higher Power intended us to be. –Just For Today | More…

HIGHER POWER
The spirit world is sometimes hard to believe in because we can’t see it.
We need to believe that the Unseen World exists and the Unseen World is guided by principles, laws, and values.
If we have doubts, we can pray to the Great Spirit to remove the doubt.
He’s always ready to help us during our doubtful times.
We are lucky to have such an understanding and helpful Father.–Elders Meditations | More…

HELP
The best help we can get or give is that which enables us to do things without it.
Only when we are each strong enough to stand on our own can we really share the kind of help, which allows both the helped and the helper to be independent. –Today’s Gift | More…

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CHALLENGES
We’ve found the tools we need to successfully meet any challenge.
We’ve taken action to improve our conscious contact with a Higher Power, through the steps
Each day, we are faced with new challenges.
And each day, through working our program of recovery, we are given the grace to meet those challenges. –Just For Today | More…

PRINCIPLES
Human beings come and go, but principles go on and on. –‘People and Principles,’ Jackson, Michigan, October 1971/Grapevine

FEAR
When I’m in fear, maybe I should get a bigger God. –“A Bigger God,” Los Angeles, Calif., March 2002/Beginners’ Book: Getting and Staying Sober/Grapevine

HAPPINESS
Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are;
1, something to do,
2, something to love,
3, something to hope for.
Happiness is our birth-right so long as we live fully and love truly. –Worthy of Love/Karen Casey | More…

DECISIONS
Today, we are too greedy and selfish. We are cheating our children, grandchildren, and the children unborn.
The Creator made the Earth to support life so that life would continue to reproduce, everything would support one another, and future generations would have the same benefits of supply and beauty as the generations the proceeded them.
This cycle will only continue to the degree that we make choices and decisions for the future generations. –Elders Meditations | More…

DETACHMENT
Changing ourselves, allowing ourselves to grow while others seek their own path, is how we have the most beneficial impact on people we love. –The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie | More…

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HONESTY
Letting go and letting God does not mean that I do not have to put any effort into the Program.
It is up to me to work the Twelve Steps, to learn what may be an entirely new thing with me – honesty. –A Day at a Time | More…

RISK
By opening ourselves to others, we risk becoming vulnerable, but that risk is well worth the rewards.
With the help of others, we learn how to express our feelings honestly and openly.
In turn, we become nourished and encouraged by the unconditional love of our companions.
As we practice spiritual principles, we find strength and freedom, both in ourselves and in those around us.
We are set free to be ourselves and to enjoy the company of our fellows. –Just For Today | More…

MEETINGS
Meetings offer us identification with where we’ve been and where we can go—identification we can’t do without and can’t get anywhere else.  That keeps us coming back. –Just For Today | More…

WILL
Mother Teresa turned her life and will over to God, and her work was what she believed to be God’s will for her.
Because of this, she was devoted to the task itself, not to the completion of it. –Days of Healing, Days of Joy | More…

CARE
We believe that our Higher Power will take care of us.
As we progress in our recovery, we are sure to greet the difficult times with a sense of hope, despite the pain we may be in.
We need not despair, for we know that our Higher Power’s care will carry us through when we can’t walk on our own. –Just For Today | More…

TRADITION FIVE
Whatever strengthens the spirituality of the group strengthens my spirituality, and vice versa. –“Tradition Five: What a Group ‘Ought’ to Be,” May 2006/Grapevine

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HUMILITY
Two definitions of humility are; one, being aware of one’s own defects of character, and two, giving credit where credit is due.
This means if you do something and are successful because God gave you certain talents, give credit to God when someone tells you how well you did; this is being humble.
If you are successful at something, but had help from friends, spouse, neighbours, give credit to those who helped you; this is being humble.
If you have done a task and you alone accomplished it, give credit to yourself; this is being humble. –Elders Meditation | More…

ANGER
Anger as a response to injustice is spiritually healthy.
A theology of anger invites us to shake off the shackles of denial, resignation, and nihilism.
It can help us construct healthy boundaries.–Barbara Holmes

POWER
The East, South, West, and North are the powers of the four directions.
The Creator makes these powers available to do things.
We pray to the Creator to give us the power to do these things.
Often, we are given these powers for a while, then these powers disappear.
Power is given and taken from us by the Great Spirit, the source of power.
During the time we have this power, we should be responsible and use the power in a good way.
Many good things can be accomplished when we realize where this power really comes from. –Elders Meditations | More…

EARTH
The White Man’s way is to possess, control, and divide.
It has always been difficult for Indian people to understand this.
There are certain things we cannot own that must be shared.
The Land is one of these things.
We do not own the Earth; the Earth owns us.
Today, let us ponder the true relationship between the Earth and ourselves. –Elders Meditations | More…

PROCRASTINATION
Procrastination is the thief of time. When we have a problem and put things off, we add to our troubles
Whether we are putting off an important task or letting little undone jobs accumulate, we can ask ourselves for the spiritual message in our actions.
Perhaps we need some quiet time to do absolutely nothing. Maybe our perfectionism is paralyzing us.
Is an “all or nothing” attitude telling us if we can’t do the whole job right away, there is no point in beginning?
Unexpressed anger may be blocking us from doing what we need to do.
When we find ourselves doing things that seem irrational we can ask, “What is the message from my Higher Power in this behavior?”
This question will carry us much further toward spiritual growth than the mental criticism we are tempted to do. –Touchstones | More…

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UNITY
I pray I may continue to grow in unselfishness, enough to care about the lives of all alcoholics, wherever they may be — those that are with us and those yet to come. –“You Call This Unity!” Piscataway, New Jersey, January 1992/AA Grapevine

FIRST THINGS FIRST
When we stop living in the here and now, our problems become magnified unreasonably.
We don’t have to fix everything at once. Solving a single problem seems possible, so we take them one at a time.
We take care of each moment as it comes, and then take care of the next moment as it comes.
We learn to stay clean just for today, and we approach our problems the same way.
When we live life in each moment, it’s not such a terrifying prospect.  One breath at a time, we can stay clean and learn to live. –Just For Today | More…

SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE
Truly transforming spiritual experiences are nearly always founded on calamity and collapse. –AA Co-Founder, Bill W., August 1957, “The Physicians”/The Language of the Heart

WISDOM
We need to be careful about judging the old ones when we talk.
When they speak, listen very carefully.
Often it will take weeks or maybe even years before we understand what they are really saying.
This is the way of Wisdom.
We need to listen, listen, listen. –Elders Meditations | More…

LAWS
There is no power greater than the Natural Laws.
These powers were set up by the Great Spirit in such a way that the human being has no access to it, except by obeying.
If we choose not to follow the Natural Laws, our lives will be filled with confusion, tension, anxiety and stress.
If we poison the Earth, we poison ourselves. If we poison the Water of the Earth, we poison ourselves.
As we do to the Earth, we do to ourselves and our children, even the children unborn. –Elders Meditations | More…

LESSONS
What we are destined to learn in this life will keep presenting itself until “contact” has been made.
The Steps coach us through every situation
And they never shame us for needing reminders of our lessons. –A Woman’s Spirit/Karen Casey | More…

 

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LOVE

‘Love’ by Bishop Michael Curry; Presiding bishop of the American Episcopal Church, presented a magnificent sermon at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markel on 19 May 2018 at Windsor in the U.K.

The Text of the Sermon

And now in the name of our loving liberating and life giving God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, amen.

From the Song of Solomon in the Bible: Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is as strong as death, passion as fierce as the grave, its flashes of flashes of fire, a raging flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it out

The late Dr. Martin Luther King once said, and I quote: we must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love, and when we do that we will make of this old world a new world. For love is the only way.

There’s power in love. Don’t underestimate it. Don’t even over-sentimentalize it. There’s power, power in love. If you don’t believe me, think about a time when you first fell in love. The whole world seemed to center around you and your beloved. There’s power, power in love.

Not just in its romantic forms but any form, any shape of love. There’s a certain sense in which when you are loved and you know it, when someone cares for you and you know it, when you love and you show it, it actually feels right. There’s something right about it.

And there’s a reason for it. The reason has to do with the source. We were made by a power of love. And our lives were meant and are meant to be lived in that love. That’s why we are here.

Ultimately the source of love is God himself, the source of all of our lives. There’s an old medieval poem that says, “where true love is found, God himself is there.”

The New Testament says it this way, “beloved, let us love one another because love is of God and those who love are born of God and know God, those who do not love do not know God. Why? For God is love. There’s power in love. There’s power in love to help and heal when nothing else can. There’s power in love to lift up and liberate when nothing else will. There’s power in love to show us the way to live. Set me as a seal on your heart. A seal on your arm. For love it’s strong as death.

But love is not only about a young couple. Now the power of love is demonstrated by the fact that we are all here. Two young people fell in love and we all showed up. But it’s not just for and about a young couple who we rejoice with.

It’s more than that. Jesus of Nazareth on one occasion was asked by a lawyer to sum up the essence of the teachings of Moses. He went back and reached back into the Hebrew scriptures, to Deuteronomy and Leviticus, and Jesus said you shall love the lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength.

This is the first and great commandment and the second is like it: love your neighbor as yourself. And then in Matthew’s version, he added, he said, on these two Love of God and Love of Neighbor, hang all the law, all the prophets, everything that Moses wrote, everything in the holy prophets, everything in the scriptures, everything that God has been trying to tell the world. Love God, love your neighbors, and while you’re at it, love yourself.

Now someone once said that Jesus began the most revolutionary movement in all of human history, a movement grounded in the unconditional love of God for the world. A movement mandating people to live that love. And in so doing, to change not only their lives but the very life of the world itself.

I’m talking about some power, real power. Power to change the world. If you don’t believe me, well, there were some old slaves in America’s antebellum south who explained the dynamic power of love and why it has the power to transform. They explained it this way. They sang a spiritual, even in the midst of their captivity, it’s one that says there’s a balm in Gilead. A healing balm, something that can makes things right.

There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole. There is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin-sick soul. One of the stanzas actually explains why: they said, If you cannot preach like Peter and you cannot pray like Paul, you just tell the love of Jesus how he died to save us all. Oh that’s the balm in Gilead. This way of love is the way of life. They got it, he died to save us all. He didn’t die for anything he could get out of it. Jesus did not get an honorary doctorate for dying. He wasn’t getting anything out of it. He gave up his life, he sacrificed his life for the good of the others, for the good of the other, for the well-being of the world. For us, that’s what love is.

Love is not selfish and self-centered. Love can be sacrificial. And in so doing, becomes redemptive, and that way of unselfish, sacrificial, redemptive love, changes lives. And it can change this world. If you don’t believe me, just stop and think or imagine. Think and imagine, well, think and imagine a world where love is the way. Imagine our homes and families when love is the way. Imagine neighborhoods and communities where love is the way. Imagine governments and nations where love is the way. Imagine business and commerce when love is the way. Imagine this tired old world when love is the way, unselfish, sacrificial redemptive. When love is the way, then no child will go to bed hungry in this world ever again. When love is the way, we will let justice roll down like a mighty stream and righteousness like an everflowing brook. When love is the way, poverty will become history. When love is the way, the earth will be a sanctuary. When love is the way, we will lay down our swords and shields down, down by the riverside to study war no more. When love is the way, there’s plenty good room, plenty good room, for all of God’s children. Because when love is the way, we actually treat each other, well, like we are actually family. When love is the way, we know that God is the source of us all and we are brothers and sisters, children of God. My brothers and sisters, that’s a new heaven, a new earth, a new world, a new human family. And let me tell you something, old Solomon was right in the Old Testament, that’s fire.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and with this, I will sit you down. We’ve got to get you all married.

French Jesuit Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was arguably one of the great minds, one of the great spirits of the 20th century. A Jesuit, Roman Catholic priest, scientist, a scholar, a mystic. In some of his writings, he said from his scientific background as well as his theological one. In some of his writings, he said as others have, that the discovery or invention or harnessing of fire was one of the great scientific and technological discoveries in all of human history. Fire to a great extent made human civilization possible. Fire made it possible to cook food and to provide sanitary ways of eating which reduced the spread of disease in its time. Fire made it possible to heat warm environments and thereby made human migration around the world a possibility, even into colder climates. Fire made it possible, there was no Bronze Age without fire, no Iron Age without fire, no industrial revolution without fire. The advances of science and technology are greatly dependent on the human ability and capacity to take fire and use it for human good.

Anybody get here in a car today? An automobile? Nod your heads if you did, I’m guessing, I know there were some carriages. But those of us who came in cars, the controlled harnessed fire made that possible. I know that the Bible says, and I believe it, that Jesus walked on the water, but I have to tell you I didn’t walk across the Atlantic Ocean to get here. Controlled fire in that plane got me here. Fire makes it possible for us to text and tweet and email and Instagram and Facebook and socially be dysfunctional with each other. Fire makes all of that possible and de Chardin said that fire was one of the greatest discoveries in all of human history. And he then went on to say that if humanity every harnesses the energy of fire again, if humanity ever captures the energy of love, it will be the second time in history that we have discovered fire.

Dr. King was right, we must discover love. The redemptive power of love. And when we do that, we will make of this old world a new world. My brother, my sister, God love you. God bless you. And may God hold us all in those almighty hands of love.

April

FAMILY
The family is the seed of the future.
We should really take a look at how we are looking at our families. –Just For Today | More…

SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE
Modern civilization has no understanding of sacred matters.
We need to have guidance from the Creator to help us rebuild our families, our communities and ourselves.  –Elders Meditations | More…

ACCEPTANCE
Peace and enlightenment come when you stop evaluating in terms of good or bad and merely accept all of life as it is and try to learn from it. –El Granada, California, March 1989/”A Program of Action,” The Best of the Grapevine, Volume 3

GRATITUDE
My gratitude speaks when I care and when I share with others.
When we share with tears in our eyes, when we choke up and can’t talk at all—these are the times when our gratitude speaks most clearly. We share our gratitude directly from our hearts; with their hearts, others hear and understand. Our gratitude speaks eloquently, though our words may not. –Just For Today | More…

PRIMARY PURPOSE
Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry the message to the addict who still suffers. Once we have gotten clean, we must remember to give to others what was so freely given to us. We need to reach out to the addict who still suffers. The newcomer is the most important person at any meeting. –Just For Today | More…

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TWO WORLDS
There are two Worlds that exist. The Seen World and the Unseen World.
Sometimes these worlds are called the Physical World and the Spiritual World. –Elders Meditations | More…

THE MESSAGE
We shall never be at our best except when we hew only to the primary spiritual aim of AA. That of carrying its message to the alcoholic who still suffers alcoholism. –Bill W., April 1948 “Tradition Five”/The Language of the Heart

LOVE
Love is the be all and end all. If we are capable of loving, we have nothing to worry about. One barrier is our belief in the overriding importance of our intelligence.
Intelligence is like good looks; they are both unearned. Our Creator does not evaluate us on the basis of how intelligent we are. If we ask, God will help us overcome our reliance on our intelligence and all other handicaps that keep us from expressing love. –In God’s Care/Karen Casey | More…

MEDICINE
Each person has good medicine, a special talent, a special gift. These medicines are to help others or to help make us healthy. –Elders | More…

MISERY
Misery is optional. Though we can’t control what happens to us, we can determine how we interpret and react to what happens. We can implement the Serenity Prayer, accepting what we can’t change and changing what we can. Emotional pain may call for a therapist or friend, and spiritual distress may indicate the need for more prayer and meditation, closer contact with a Higher Power. We can accept responsibility for our feelings, become willing to go to any lengths to get well, and choose not to be miserable. –Inner Harvest/Elisabeth L | More…

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EARLY RECOVERY
In early recovery change feels easy, and hope replaces despair. What’s really happening is, our addictive craving has been treated However we still have our old problems, habits, and states of mind. For spirits in need of healing, Step work leads to the next phase of recovery. –If You Want What We Have/Joan Larkin | More…

STORMS
Hold people accountable for their behavior. Don’t let people treat you badly. Don’t take the storms in their lives personally. These storms may have nothing to do with you. If the storm isn’t about you, there’s nothing you need to do. Would you stop the ocean waves by standing in the surf with your arms outstretched? –Melody Beattie | More…

LAUGHTER
One of the many positive signs of our return to health and sanity is our recovery of the gift of laughter. Each day we gain more energy and zest of life, We laugh and find we are no longer alone. Laughter is the mark of a healthy, happy human being. Laughter is a sign that we are alive and on the way to recovery. –Answers in the Heart/P. Williamson & S. Kiser | More…

STUDENT of LIFE
I have learned a lot from trees. Nature is the greatest teacher on the Earth. We can learn a lot when we observe and study Nature’s system of harmony and balance. –Elders Meditations | More…

REWARDS
The rewards of asking for help – increased humility, connection, and trust – are well worth the effort. –‘H-E-L-P,’ Phoenix, Arizona, April 2011/AA Grapevine

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MANAGEBILITY
The way to make a mountain out of a mole hill is to add dirt. Today I have the tools to keep a mole hill from becoming a mountain. Three favourites to remember are;
#1: There is a solution.
#2: Whatever is happening it is temporary.
#3: God is in charge.
By focusing on God – and not the problem – I get to experience serenity while the situation sorts itself out – as it always does. And by not adding dirt to the mole hill, I avoid the imaginary mountain that used to make my life unmanageable. — Wisdom of the Rooms | More…

SPIRITUALITY
What is obvious to me is that we did not create ourselves… life is something inside of you. You did not create it. Once you understand that, you are in a spiritual realm. Virginia Satir. –Touchstones | More…

GOD
Ongoing recovery is dependent on our relationship with a loving God who cares for us and will do for us what we find impossible to do for ourselves –Just For Today | More…

WHAT IF
Living just for today relieves the burden of the past and the fear of the future. We learned to take whatever actions are necessary and to leave the results in the hands of our Higher Power. –Just For Today | More…

HAPPINESS
The Elders say everyone wants to be happy and have a peaceful mind. Material things do not bring happiness and peace of mind. Only spiritual things bring happiness.  –Elders Meditations | More…

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ANGELS
Angels as people who do nice things for us without expecting much in return. They give for the love of giving. They seek opportunities to help, even when it seems inconvenient. Their beliefs aren’t always aligned with ours. But when we need them, they are there. An angel can be someone you know or you meet in passing. Angels enhance your life, if even for a moment. –52 Weeks of Esteemable Acts/Francine Ward | More…

GROUNDING
Soil is soothing, strengthening, cleansing and healing… If you are stressed, go to a spot on the Earth, sit down, put your fingers in the dirt, dig in it. Wash your hands in the soil. When you touch it, notice what it does to your hands. Our bodies love to touch the Earth. We get too busy and forget these simple things. These things are mentally healthy. –Elders Meditations | More…

MIRACLES
we simply fail to recognize miracles for what they are. Sobriety — one-day-at-a-time — is truly a miracle. –Prineville, Oregon, February 2004/Grapevine

PROGRESS
Who really gets better?  We do!  As we practice the program, we gain a whole new outlook on those around us by gaining a new outlook on ourselves. –Just For Today | More…

MEETINGS
Step One helps us give up our obsession. In Steps Two and Three we develop a trust in a Higher Power and thus give up our fear. We come to believe it’s not our job to get anyone sober. Our job is to find happiness and offer love to others. Nothing can better us more than this. Time spent at meetings is never wasted. Happiness will be strengthened each time we use some part of the program. — A Life of My Own/Karen Casey  | More…

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THE STEPS
When we work the Twelve Steps to the best of our ability, we find that we can become the type of people who are capable of finding employment, sustaining loving relationships, and helping others. We stop serving our disease, and begin serving God and others. The Twelve Steps are the key to transforming our lives. –Just For Today | More…

SPIRIT WORLD
Prayer is our entrance into the Unseen World. We can call upon the powers and laws of the Great Spirit. The spiritual laws allow healing to take place; they allow forgiveness to occur; they cause miracles to happen; they cause hate to disappear; they heal broken relationships; they guide every moment of our lives; they allow us to love even when it’s hard. Prayer allows us access to the Spirit World. –Elders Meditations | More…

INSANITY
The Twelve Steps to Insanity
1. We admitted we were powerless over nothing – that we could manage our lives perfectly. We could also perfectly manage the lives of those around us.
2. Came to believe that there was no power greater than ourselves and that the rest of the world was insane.
3. Made a decision to have our loved ones turn their wills and lives over to our care even though they couldn’t understand us at all.
4. Made a searching and fearless inventory of everyone we knew.
5. Admitted to the whole world the exact nature of everyone else’s wrongs.
6. Were entirely ready to make others give us the respect we thought we deserved.
7. Demanded that others do our will because we were always enlightened.
8. Made a list of all the persons who had harmed us and became willing to go to any length to get even with them all.
9. Got direct revenge on such people wherever possible except when to do so would cost us our lives or at least a jail sentence.
10. Continued to take inventory of others, and when they were wrong promptly and repeatedly told them about it.
11. Sought through complaining and self-medication to improve our relations with others as we could not understand them at all, asking only that they do things our way.
12. Having had a complete physical, emotional, and spiritual breakdown as a result of these steps, we tried to blame others and get sympathy in all our affairs.

GOD’s LAW
Your mind works very simply: you are either trying to find out what are God’s laws in order to follow them; or you are trying to outsmart him.
It is the Law that any difficulties that can come to you at any time, no matter what they are, must be exactly what you need most at the moment, to enable you to take the next step forward by overcoming them.  The only real misfortune, the only real tragedy, comes when we suffer without learning the lesson. –Emmet Fox

INSPIRATIONS
Inspirations never go in for long engagements; they demand immediate marriage to action. –Brendan Francis

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HOLIDAY TIPS
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LEADERSHIP
Prideful or angry people can sometimes be dead right, when the calm and the more humble are quite mistaken. –Bill W. 1959/Grapevine

SPIRIT WORLD
Our Elders know about the two Worlds, the Physical World and the Spiritual World. Many times, before we pass to the Spirit World, our relatives, who have gone there before us, will come for us and they will help us. The Spirit World, the Elders say, is a good, happy, and harmonious place. When we die, it means we have only entered another world. We will all see one another again.–Elders Meditations | More…

MEDITATION
Meditation can give us glimpses of God’s timelessness. We see that our schedule is not that important after all, when measured against eternity. As the presence of God seeps into our consciousness, we relax into the fullness and peace of each moment. Trusting our Higher Power to order our lives, we can slow down and enjoy God’s gifts. — Food for Thought by Elisabeth L. | More…

DEFECTS
AA said, only God can remove our defects. I was amazed to find that I couldn’t be a better person simply by trying harder! — California, July 1995/Interview with the Author of ‘Doctor, Alcoholic, Addict,’/Grapevine

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REALITY
Recovery does not give us immunity from the realities of life. In the Fellowship we can find the support, genuine care, and concern we need to face those realities. We need never hide from reality, for our unity with other recovering addicts gives us strength. The support, the care, and the empathy of recovery give us a clean, clear window through which to view, experience, and appreciate reality as it is. –Just For Today | More…

COURAGE
Courage empowers us to act in favour of what we believe, but cannot know. Courage is animated by the vision of faith. Many who think themselves as not spiritual, are excellent models of faith because they reach out for what is not common in their lives. Because they believe, they’re willing and able to take the risk. — Days of Healing, Days of Joy/Earnie and Carol Larsen Hegarty | More…

MYSTERY
In some mysterious and wonderful way you are part of everything. And in that same mysterious and wonderful way, everything is a part of you. In order to experience this, we must be aware of how limited our senses are. –Elders Meditations| More…

DETACHMENT
Detachment is neither unloving nor unkind. It’s simply accepting the fact that we can’t live others’ lives for them. It’s coming to understand that detaching with love is one of the best things we can do for our addicted loved ones. Here are eight reasons why

STEP FOUR
The Fourth Step lets me look into my fear of not getting something I want or of losing something I have, and move forward to try to establish true partnerships with other human beings. –Riverdale, Michigan, April 1997/Grapevine

RESENTMENTS
As we examine resentments, we may feel tempted to hold onto some of them, especially if we think they are “justified.” What we need to remember is that “justified” resentments are just as burdensome as any other resentment. –Just For Today | More…

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PROCRASTINATION
When we realize we’re procrastinating, we need free ourselves from the burden of perfectionism, and be free to better accept our responsibilities. Meeting deadlines as well as we can, one at a time, pays off in serenity and a manageable life. When we are crisis ridden, we are forced to live by other peoples’ demands, rather than by our choices.
In the face of procrastination, resentment, or perfectionism, we can turn to Step Ten for an inventory. We can forgive ourselves, try to laugh at ourselves, live in the present, and keep going. Today can be better than yesterday. — Answers in the Heart/P. Williamson and S. Kiser | More…

RESPONSIBILITY
The law is that all life is equal in the Great Creation. Every generation is accountable to leave the environment in healthy order for the next generation. Each individual is directly accountable. –Elder’s Meditations/White Bison | More…

HIGHER POWER
I had cut my finger and it had gotten well; I’d broken a bone and it had gotten well … How come? That to me, in its simplest form, is a concept of a power greater than I am. –California, October 1995, “Interview with the Author of ‘Physician, Heal Thyself!'”/Grapevine

TEMPTATIONS
What do we do with temptations when they come? Whatever we sow we will simultaneously reap for ourselves. We must be accountable for our own actions. –Elder’s Meditations/White Bison | More…

CARING
Through the principles of this program, we are learning to forgive and to trust that we will always be cared for. The experiences designed for our progress will come to us. Our Higher Power will never leave our side. We can be free of fear today, if that’s our wish. –A Woman’s Spirit/Karen Casey | More…

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ACCEPTANCE
Self-acceptance comes when we accept that we have a disease called addiction. It’s easier to accept ourselves as sick people than as bad people. Working the Twelve Steps teaches us to accept ourselves and our lives. Spiritual principles like surrender, honesty, faith, and humility help relieve us of the burden of our past mistakes. –Just For Today | More…

PRIVACY
When we consult an AA friend, we should not be reluctant to remind him of our need for full privacy. The protective sanctity of this most healing of human relations ought never be violated. –, Bill W., August 1961/This Matter of Honesty/  Grapevine

CONTRIBUTING
We all come from one Great Spirit but we are all different and unique. We each belong here and do things that will affect the great whole. –Elders Meditations/White Bison 19/04 | More…

MEETINGS
In my heart, I know that meetings benefit me in all kinds of ways. Today, I want what’s good for me.  I will attend a meeting. –Just For Today | More…

BELIEVING
Research shows that people who have a positive attitude are healthier, live longer, and are more likely to recover from serious illness. To believe in hopeful outcomes is largely a matter of choice. The Second Step guides us to believe in hopeful possibilities. Wisdom To Know | More…

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UNITY
The unity of the Fellowship of the spirit can be ours so long as we are willing to pass it on. –West Palm Beach, Florida, March 1989/”Building an Arch,”/Grapevine

STEP SEVEN
The Seventh Step doesn’t suggest that we rid ourselves of our shortcomings; But rather that we ask our Higher Power to rid us of them. The focus of our daily prayers begins to shift.  Admitting our inability to perfect ourselves, we plead with our Higher Power to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. Through the eyes of the Seventh Step, we begin to see those around us in a less critical way. We know that, just like us, they are powerless over their own defects. We wonder if they, too, humbly pray to have their defects removed. —-Just For Today | More…

CLEANSING
How do you know if you are praying from your heart or from your head? Pray from your head and you will feel nothing; pray from your heart and you will feel feelings. When we ask for purification of our feelings, our mental mind and our physical body, the spiritual direction causes the cleansing to happen. –Elders | More…

ISOLATING
The problem with isolating is that you get such bad advice –Wisdom of the Rooms

HEARTFELT
Our hearts work like a tuning fork. When the heart feels completely in tune with a decision or thought or action in our lives, then we know it is the right one for us. We can actually feel the harmony inside our bodies. –Today’s Gift | More…

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ACT AS IF
If we act confidently and extend ourselves, we’ll not only feel better about ourselves, we’ll find that we are no longer so frightened. Each action we take in this vein brings us closer to becoming the people we were meant to be. Each positive change we make builds our self-esteem. Through acting differently, we will realize that we are beginning to think differently. We are living ourselves into right thinking by “acting as if.” –Just For Today | More…

SPIRIT WORLD
Our Elders know about the two Worlds, the Physical World and the Spiritual World. Many times, before we pass to the Spirit World, our relatives, who have gone there before us, will come for us and they will help us. The Spirit World, the Elders say, is a good, happy, and harmonious place. When we die, it means we have only entered another world. We will all see one another again.–Elders Meditations | More…

SOBRIETY
In AA it doesn’t matter who is right — only who is left! –Bandon, Ore., May 1998/”Anything and Everything Except Sobriety,”/Voices of Long-Term Sobriety/Grapevine

RESPECT
If you respect something, it will respect you back. The Indian ancestors always showed great respect for the Earth. That’s why the Earth is so respectful to Indians today. We know the Earth holds our ancestors. –Elders Meditations | More…

PEOPLE PLEASING
In striving to please everyone, you end up pleasing no one. Striving to be a people-pleaser can make you feel as if what you are doing is never right, and you lose your ability to make your own decision. –Morning Light/Amy E. Dean | More…

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BEAUTY
Sometimes we look at something close up and it appears to be ugly. Are we focused on something ugly about ourselves, or are we looking at ourselves as a whole? We all have purpose, and we are all beautiful. –Elders Meditations | More…

SOBRIETY
In the first six months of my own sobriety, I worked hard with many alcoholics. Not a one responded. Yet this work kept me sober. –Bill W., January 1958/”The Next Frontier: Emotional Sobriety,”/The Language of the Heart

FELLOWSHIP
Part of the magic of AA is that the Fellowship, like the loving God who presides over us all, never gives up hope for the suffering alcoholic. –West Palm Beach, Florida, September 1986|”The Kid Who Came In from the Cold,”/In Our Own Words/Grapevine

LOVE
The base of all things is love, respect. The greatest weapon of any Spiritual Warrior is love. Love loves love. Any human who is loving will be guaranteed respect. Respect loves love. We need to love and respect ourselves. –Elders Meditations/White Bison 14/04 | More…

JOURNEYING
We are, in fact, on a journey and have much to learn. The journey is the process of enlightenment for which we all have gathered. All of our acquaintances share destinies overlapping our own. There is security in knowing that our journeys are necessary and right for us. –The Promise of a New Day/Karen Casey & Martha Vanceburg | More…

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GRATITUDE
I’ve found a life I never knew existed. I’m so overwhelmed with gratitude that there’s no room for a bad day. –Costa Mesa, California, December 1994/”He Gave Me the Shirt Off His Back,”/Grapevine

THE LAWS
We must come back to the culture because this is where His laws are. If we don’t follow these laws, we will be unhappy. We must follow what the Great Spirit says we must do. –Elders Meditations | More…

HAPPINESS
We can think of happiness as contentment and satisfaction. Both of these states of mind seem to come to us when we least strive for them. –Just For Today | More…

GROWTH
A tree stripped of its branches will die unless new branches can be grafted onto its trunk. To grow or even to survive, we must open our minds and allow new ideas to be grafted onto our lives. –Just For Today | More…

CONNECTEDNESS
Through our new awareness, we no longer feel isolated from the rest of the human race. When our individual contribution is combined with others, we become an essential part of a grand design.  We are connected at last. –Just For Today | More…

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PEOPLE PLEASING
The inner satisfaction we seek can be found in doing the right things for the right reasons. We break the people-pleasing cycle when we stop acting merely to gain others’ approval and start acting on our Higher Power’s will for us. –Just For Today | More…

VISION
Once we have uncovered our fear, we are able to move beyond it. That vision is the essence of our own best, brightest dreams for ourselves. –Just For Today | More…

FELLOWSHIP
The fellowship can be a mirror to reflect back to us a more accurate image of who we are. The fellowship always has more to offer us, as long as we keep coming back. –Just For Today | More…

RELAPSE
Our spiritual and emotional growth in A.A. does not depend so deeply upon success as it does upon our failures and setbacks. A relapse can provide a positive experience toward abstinence and a lifetime of recovery. A relapse brings truth to what we hear repeatedly in meetings – “Don’t take that first drink!”  It reinforces the belief in the progressive nature of the disease, and the need for humility in our spiritual program. Simple truths come in complicated ways to me when I become ego driven. –Daily Reflections | More…

RIGOROUS
Have you  looked up the meaning of RIGOROUS, as in rigorous honesty? So how is your program?  Is it?……. meticulous, punctilious, conscientious, careful, diligent, attentive, ultra-careful, scrupulous, painstaking, exact, precise, accurate, correct, thorough, studious, exhaustive, mathematical, detailed, perfectionist, methodical, particular, religious, strict; fussy; fastidious; hair-splitting; finicky; finical; demanding; exacting; pedantic; relentless; unsparing; uncompromising; –Suggested by Charley Brockwell, AA #6
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MORNING HELPERS 12/04

The alcoholic at certain times has no effective mental defence against the first drink.
His defence must come from a Higher Power. –Big Book p.43 |
More…

Where alcohol has been involved, we have been strangely insane. Alcoholism required me to drink, whether I wanted to or not. Insanity dominated my life. –Daily Reflections | More…

This sober world is a pleasant place for an alcoholic to live in.
Our need is God’s opportunity. First we must recognize our need. –24Hours | More…

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Someone will be helped today by our kindness. The real gift, though,
is to ourselves. We are healed in our healing of others.  –Karen Casey |More…

When I am compulsive about something, I ‘have to’ have it or see that it is done.
I cannot adjust the world to me; I can adjust myself to what is, to reality. –Food For Thought

I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.
Wow, you mean I don’t have to be sick and tired anymore? –One Day At A Time | More…

Quotes
Anger and resentment are masks for fear.
Worrying is praying for things you don’t want.

 

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MORNING HELPERS April ’18

MORNING HELPERS 14/04

Responsibility: Your response to God’s ability.

When the spiritual malady is overcome, we straighten out mentally and physically –Big Book p.64 | More…

I must keep balance by keeping spiritual things at the center of my life. Then I will be at peace amid the distractions of everyday living. 24Hours |More…

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Seasoned AA members are trained by their experience to detect and defuse false causes to drink. “There are excuses but never good reasons for drinking,” they say.  –Walk In Dry Places | More…

As an alcoholic I existed in life but I didn’t live: I was numbered amongst the “walking dead”. Today I make a spiritual choice that avoids alcohol. Today I am alive. –Father Leo | More…

Living Only those who dare, truly live. Having a sponsor–and being one–helps. Taking a Fifth and working the Twelfth helps. Going to meetings and sharing helps. We must not miss out on what life offers. We can risk feeling it all, hearing it all, seeing it all. –Karen Casey | More…

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MORNING HELPERS 13/04

Any fool can know.
The point is to understand. –Albert Einstein

 

 

Self-pity is one of the most unhappy and consuming defects that we know.
It is a maudlin form of martyrdom, which we can ill afford. — Daily Reflections

Most of us thought good character was desirable. Seldom did we look at character-building as something desirable in itself. –As Bill Sees It p.103

Work is good for the heart. Work is good for our minds. We’ll never  be
bored if we ask ourselves, “How can I make this world a better place? –Keep It Simple

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The key to addiction is to be found in the obsessive and compulsive behavior patterns
that stop us from reaching our full potential as human beings. –Father Leo

In order to be a spiritual person we must
free ourselves from compulsive attitudes. –Father Leo

Psychic change
The last thing we expected was an awakening of the spirit. 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. | More…

Friday the 13th
The fear of Friday the 13th is also called friggatriskaidekaphobia or paraskevidekatriaphobia. – Now say that 10 times really fast!

Friggatriskaidekaphobia comes from Frigg, the Norse goddess of wisdom after whom Friday is named, and the Greek words triskaideka, meaning 13, and phobia, meaning fear.

What are the top superstitions
Avoid walking under a ladder
Touching wood
Blessing someone when they’ve sneezed
Crossing your fingers
Picking up a penny
Breaking a wishbone and making a wish
Throwing salt over your shoulder because you spilled it
Avoiding opening an umbrella inside
Avoiding putting new shoes on the table
Avoiding telling anyone your birthday wish when blowing out your candles
Saluting a magpie
Avoiding passing someone on the stairs
Ensuring you have ‘something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue, borrowed, something blue on yours or a friend’s wedding day
Worrying about Friday 13th approaching
Avoiding the number 13
Avoiding walking over three drains
Avoiding the number 666
Avoiding seeing the bride in their wedding dress before their wedding day
Avoiding walking over a crack
Avoiding eating cheese before bed
Avoiding letting a black cat cross your path
Having your husband carry you over the threshold of your new home
Avoiding stepping on a grate
Ensuring the bride (yourself or a friend) has not worn her complete wedding clothes before the day
Avoiding lighting three cigarettes with one match
Pushing a spoon through the bottom of an empty eggshell after finishing it
Carrying a ‘lucky rabbit’s foot’ around with you
Cutting off both ends of the loaf of bread
Making sure you haven’t left a white tablecloth on a table overnight
Never giving gloves as a present

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MORNING HELPERS 12/04

The alcoholic at certain times has no effective mental defence against the first drink.
His defence must come from a Higher Power. –Big Book p.43 | More…

Where alcohol has been involved, we have been strangely insane. Alcoholism required me to drink, whether I wanted to or not. Insanity dominated my life. –Daily Reflections | More…

This sober world is a pleasant place for an alcoholic to live in.
Our need is God’s opportunity. First we must recognize our need. –24Hours | More…

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Someone will be helped today by our kindness. The real gift, though,
is to ourselves. We are healed in our healing of others.  –Karen Casey |More…

When I am compulsive about something, I ‘have to’ have it or see that it is done.
I cannot adjust the world to me; I can adjust myself to what is, to reality. –Food For Thought

I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.
Wow, you mean I don’t have to be sick and tired anymore? –One Day At A Time | More…

Quotes
Anger and resentment are masks for fear.
Worrying is praying for things you don’t want.


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MORNING HELPERS 11/04

If you woke up breathing,
Congratulations! You have another chance!

To see how erratic emotions victimized us often took a long time. We had to drop the word “blame” from our speech and thought. —Daily Reflections

I must learn to accept self-discipline. I must try never to yield one point that I have already won. –24Hours | More…

You should always help others for no reason other than your own benefit. In helping others, we are only passing on the good that has come to us. —Walk In Dry Places/Mel B.

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When you are with others, be with them wholeheartedly. But when you are by yourself, be alone with God. –One Day At A Time | More…

Every day, especially this one facing us, our choices and decisions will be many. There is only one solution to any problem, and that’s the one our higher power guides us to. –Karen Casey

Quotes:
Suit up, Show up, Sit up, and Speak up!
When your knees knock, kneel on them. –Unknown
Those who are awake live in a state of constant amazement. –Buddha
Going to meetings is like taking aspirin before a headache –Wisdom of the Rooms
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XANAX

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Xanax and Grapefruit a bad mix

 

Definition of Xanax; an anti-anxiety medication
Synonyms of Xanax; alprazolam,  zan, anna nicole smith, planks, xaney, and zans.

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Xanax (alprazolam) is an anti-anxiety medication in the benzodiazepine family, the same family that includes diazepam (Valium), clonazepam (Klonopin), lorazepam (Ativan), flurazepam (Dalmane), and others.

Xanax (alprazolam) is the single most prescribed psychiatric medication in the U.S. It is primarily used to treat anxiety and panic disorders.

Xanax works by increasing the amount of the neurotransmitter GABA in the brain to promote calmness and a relaxed feeling. In certain individuals, the body handles Xanax differently, these include people with alcoholism | More…

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