Thursday, July 1, 2010

Daily Motivations 7/1/2010

Thursday, July 1, 2010
Today's Gift

We have the power to direct our minds to replace the feelings of being upset, depressed, and fearful with the feeling of inner peace. --Gerald G. Jampolsky

Learning to identify negative thoughts is a powerful way to begin changing our negative behavior. We always think before we act, even if the thinking has become automatic.

As we become committed to being aware of negative thoughts, we can stop, take a deep breath, and repeat a positive affirmation. Practicing this process will actually change the way we feel about ourselves. By thinking about positive things, we can change how we feel about a situation and about ourselves, too. Now, life has more promise, more joy.

Today let me have the courage to change the way I think.

You are reading from the book:

Our Best Days by Nancy Hull-Mast

Twenty-Four Hours A Day
Keep It Simple

I never think of the future. It comes soon enough. --- Albert Einstein
None of us know anything for sure about the future. We don't know if we'll be sober tomorrow. But we can be sure of this moment. We get sober by moments. Our sober moments then stretch into hours, day, and years. Our program tell us to live in the present moment. This is because we can control this moment.

We can't control the past or the future. We need to have a sense of control in our life. In our illness, we were out of control. This was because we wouldn't live from moment to moment. Each moment is filled with as much life as we can handle. Each moment is filled with enough to keep us alive, interested, and growing.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me find You in each moment.

Action for the Day: Today, I'll stop and focus on the present moment. I will work to see how much control I can have if I stay with the moment at hand.

One Day At A Time

Healing Ourselves

We realize now that we were excessively self-centered,
chiefly concerned about our feelings, our problems, other people's reactions to us,
and our own past and future.
Therefore, trying to get into communication with and to help other people
is a recovery measure for us, because it helps take us out of ourselves.
Trying to heal ourselves by helping others works,
even when it is an insincere gesture. Try it some time.
~ Living Sober, p. 85

Thought to ponder . . .
A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H E A L =
Helping Every Alcoholic/Addict Live.

Daily Motivation

Relax and richly live

When you don't have time to relax, that's when relaxation will help you most. Go ahead, and allow yourself to relax.

Let go of the thoughts that race through your mind. For a while, put your focus on being here and now, dropping your concerns of later and before.

There is immense inexhaustible value deep within you right now. Relax, and feel the gentle power of authentic presence.

To relax, you don't have to stop what you're doing. You just have to stop fighting against it.

Stop clinging to what you think you need. Start allowing the beauty of what is.

Relax, and discover that relaxing does not waste your time. Relax, and richly live the moment.

-- Ralph Marston

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