Friday, April 8, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 4-8-2016

Friday, April 8, 2016
Today's Gift

Any time you sense you are getting overrun by outside influences and losing your feelings, put your attention inside your body. Relax. . ., let your breath sink low. . ., breathe in your abdomen. . . . —ANNE KENT RUSH

When we are feeling as though all our energy is scattered throughout our bodies, we need to practice centering, or focusing this energy into one place. Our center may change from day to day, and each of us feels it differently.

When we're walking, we may feel power coming from our hips and spreading through the body, heart, and mind. When we're in a meditative mood, we may feel warm energy at the back of the head. At other times, we might feel a real centering place in the middle of the chest, right where our heart and arms and breathing come together. There is no one way to be at peace. Centering is a way for each of us to find and picture to ourselves our focused energy. When we can do this, we increase our power to bring about those things we want from life, those things we really do deserve.

Where is my energy right now?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Self Care

I don't precisely know what you need to do to take care of yourself. But I know you can figure it out. —Beyond Codependency

Rest when you're tired.

Take a drink of cold water when you're thirsty.

Call a friend when you're lonely.

Ask your Higher Power to help when you feel overwhelmed.

Many of us have learned how to deprive and neglect ourselves. Many of us have learned to push ourselves hard, when the problem is that were already pushed too hard.

Many of us are afraid the work wont get done if we rest when were tired. The work will get done; it will be done better than work that emerges from tiredness of soul and spirit. Nurtured, nourished people, who love themselves and care for themselves, are the delight of the Universe.

They are well timed, efficient, and Divinely led.

Action for the Day: Today, I will practice loving self-care.

From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums

One Day At A Time

Its essence is total self-absorption.
We can get so stridently concerned about me-me-me that we lose touch with virtually everyone else.
It's not easy to put up with anyone who acts that way, except a sick infant.
So when we get into the poor-me bog, we try to hide it, particularly from ourselves. . .
Once we recognize self-pity for what it is, we can start to do something about it other than drink or drug.
- Living Sober p. 57

Thought to Ponder . . .
The smallest package in the world is an alcoholic all wrapped up in himself.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Attitude Adjustment.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

There is always a way
by Ralph Marston

You are stronger than anything standing in your way. Because you have a purpose that cannot be denied.

Often that purpose is difficult and inconvenient to follow. Yet it is never impossible to follow.

There is always a way. If the path you’re on is blocked, look for another route, because it is surely there.

You can be flexible, innovative, determined and persistent. You can imagine any possibility, and then work to make that possibility real.

Every moment, every circumstance, every turn of events presents you with an opportunity to act. Take those opportunities, make those actions come to life, and express the purpose that is uniquely you.

Step up and embrace the responsibility for moving your life forward. Whatever may come, there is always a way.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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