Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 3-23-2016

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Today's Gift

If anything is sacred, the human body is sacred. —Walt Whitman

A renewed relationship with our bodies is part of our spiritual renewal. Perhaps we have not known our bodies as part of our spiritual selves. We may have treated ourselves and others as objects. Too often genitals were "tools" to be used, objects of our egos, or a way of taking care of someone else. Maybe we have used sex compulsively as an escape from other emotions. People commonly encounter problems with sexuality. Those problems often come from knowing deep within that we must change, but not knowing how.

It helps to create new images in our minds. We can imagine a totally relaxed playfulness with our partners, with no goal in mind and no judgment. We can imagine talking in detail with someone - our partner or a friend - about our feelings, anxieties, or frustrations with sex. We can imagine ourselves as a whole body; alone, not with a partner, and okay. Bringing sexuality into the whole of our lives is a spiritual thing to do.

May I find ways to include sexuality in my spiritual awakening.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

We are only human
. . . paying attention to our growth

Trusting our partner has a lot to do with trusting ourselves. When we feel confused, unsure, or in conflict about our own direction, we may shift our attention outside ourselves. Even when we feel unsure about our self-worth, our negative feeling may crystallize as blame directed toward someone else.

Looking outward in that negative way and avoiding responsibility for ourselves makes liars of us. When we do that we are not paying attention to our own growth, not looking at the truth. If we do not claim ownership of our part in a conflict, we will not be able to trust our partner either. We build trust when we are honest with ourselves and expose our truth and vulnerability to our mate.

Action for the Day: Tell your partner something you trust about her or him.

From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums
One Day At A Time

Changing Attitudes
I realize that blaming myself for all the trouble in my life can be an ego trip back into powerlessness.
Asking for help and listening deeply to the messages inherent in the Steps and Traditions of the program make it possible to change those attitudes which delay my recovery.
- Daily Reflections, p. 35

Thought to Ponder . . .
Attitudes are contagious. Is yours worth catching? 

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Altered Attitudes.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy
Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Push you up
by Ralph Marston

Stand misfortune on its head. Turn it into something good.

Don’t let the disappointments get you down. Let them get you going, even stronger than before.

After all, life is how you look at it. Look at it all as an opportunity for grace and joy and fulfillment.

Every single time you feel like complaining about how bad things are, there’s a much more powerful option. Visualize how truly good life can be and then take a bold, enthusiastic step in that direction.

Every situation is a situation in which you can choose to prosper. Every challenge helps to form the structure upon which you can build grand and meaningful success.

When anything pushes against you, choose to let it push you up. Every occasion is your occasion to brightly shine.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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