Thursday, September 6, 2012
I learned to listen to my body with an inner concentration like meditation, to get guidance as to when to exercise and when to rest. I learned that healing and cure are active processes in which I myself needed to participate. —Rollo May
In our spiritual growth, one of our movements is from passive to active, from helpless to responsive. For example, we are passive if we don't take responsibility for our bodies and don't care for our wellness and conditioning. Do we passively leave our health in the doctor's hands?
Do we take responsibility for our relationships? Are we active in nurturing them? We could add our own interests and positive energy to enrich them.
Our Higher Power speaks to us in a quiet, subtle voice, which can easily be ignored until we learn to listen. It takes courage to listen to this inner voice. When we listen, we develop a relationship that is a strong force moving us into recovery. We are still powerless over many things, but we can make active choices in how we will grow and how we will respond.
I will be guided in my choices by my inner voice.
From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Walk In Dry Places
Change is sometimes necessary
Despite the fact that many of us live turbulent, chaotic lives, we may
find in sobriety that we don't like change. This causes us to seek
our security in familiar places, rather than reach out for the unknown
that lies ahead.
This may not be real security, however, because familiar places and situations
also change. Our resistance to change may simply be the fear of trying
If we find that fear of change is causing us to put up with a situation that's
become unsatisfactory, we need to adjust our attitude toward it.
While we view change as risky, it may be the necessary route for
improvement. Let's start by simply accepting the idea that change is
sometimes necessary. After that, we can expect our Higher Power to guide
us to the new situations that are right for us.
Action for the Day: Today I may find myself fearing change. I'll remind myself that
nothing ever stays the same, and that only change can bring the true good
I'm always seeking.
One Day at a Time
They asked, "You can quit twenty-four hours, can't you?"
I said, "Sure, anybody can do that, for twenty-four hours."
They said, "That's what we're talking about. Just twenty-four-hours at a time."
That sure did take a load off of my mind.
Every time I'd start thinking about drinking,
I would think of the long, dry years ahead without having a drink;
but this idea of twenty-four hours, that it was up to me from then on,
was a lot of help.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 188
Thought to Ponder . . .
Just for today, I choose not to drink.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
O D A A T = One Day At A Time
Live with enjoyment
Enjoyment is not something you take. It is something you give.
Enjoyment is not a function of your circumstances. Enjoyment is a choice you can make, regardless of the circumstances.
When you choose to enjoy where you are, it opens your eyes to the positive possibilities. When you decide to enjoy what you’re doing, your effectiveness skyrockets.
Enjoy your day, and you add joy not only to your own life but also to all of life around you. Enjoy who you are, and from who you are will flow great and meaningful value.
Give the gift of your own genuine enjoyment. Demonstrate your gratitude and immense respect for life by truly enjoying each precious moment.
Instead of reacting to life with frustration or disappointment or anger, make the choice to enjoy what life brings your way. Live with enjoyment, and give the best of who you are.
— Ralph Marston