Friday, November 18, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 11-18-2016

Friday, November 18, 2016
Today's Gift

Stopping, calming, and resting are preconditions for healing. When animals in the forest are wounded they find a place to lie down and rest completely for many days . . . They just rest and get the healing they need. --Thich Nhat Hanh

We hurt. We suffer. We wrong our loved ones and they do wrong by us. Reaching desperately for an answer will not help us. Pretending we're not hurt doesn't help either. When we are wounded, the wound needs rest in order to heal. So it is with our souls. If we poke at our hurt, pick at the sore, rub it in the dirt of others' opinions, we do not allow it time to heal.

If you've been hurt, accept that. Feel the hurt. Be aware of it. Let it heal. Maybe it would be better if you didn't talk to that person for a while. Maybe you need to let go of the relationship. Maybe you just need some quiet time. Whatever the answer is, find a safe place and allow yourself to heal.

If you're feeling pain, be aware of it. Feel the pain, and then quit picking at the wound. Lie low. Quit fighting. Relax. Give your wounds time and enough rest to heal.

Higher Power, help me relax enough to stop, calm down, and heal.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Allowing Ourselves to be Nurtured

Let yourself be nurtured and loved. Let people be there for you. Allow yourself to be held when it would feel good. Let someone listen to you, support and encourage you when you need that. Receive comfort from someone's physical presence when you need that. Allow yourself to be supported emotionally and cared about.

For too long, we've stood in the background, attending to the needs of others and claiming we have no needs of our own. We've shut off, for to long, the part of us that longs to be nurtured.

It is time, now, to claim those needs, to identify them, and to understand that we deserve to have them met.

What are our needs? What would feel good? What kinds of ways would we like others to nurture and support us? The clearer we can be about our needs, the greater the possibility they will be met.
Hugs. A listening ear. Support. Encouragement. The physical and emotional presence of people who care about us. Doesn't that sound good? Tempting?

Someone once said to me, "The eighties have been a 'me' decade. Now, maybe the nineties can be a 'you' decade."

My reply was immediate. "Let's make the nineties a 'me' and 'you' decade."

No matter how long we've been recovering, we never outgrow our need for nurturing and love.

Action for the Day: Today, I will open to recognizing my needs for nurturing. I will be open to the needs of those around me too. I can begin taking a nurturing, loving attitude toward myself and by taking responsibility for my needs in relationships.

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

One Day At A Time

A Bright Idea
I woke up Saturday morning after the beginners meeting with the answer absolutely clear:
Religion was something taught me, acquired, an external experience,
while spirituality welled up from within, and required no education,
no Torah or Bible, no shaman or priest.
I believe my Higher Power led me to this explanation,
as it was too clear and bright idea for so early in the morning!
- Thank You for Sharing, p. 199

Thought to Ponder . . .
Spirituality is thinking with the heart rather than the mind.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
K I S S = K
eeping It Simple; Spiritually

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Power of peace
by Ralph Marston

Put the power of peace into your thoughts. Feel the power of peace throughout your life.

When your thoughts are focused on conflict, those thoughts are in conflict with each other. That drains their power and effectiveness away.

Instead of looking for excuses to be in conflict, think of reasons to be at peace. Instead of always striving to get an advantage, allow the ultimate advantage of peace to easily and naturally flow from your center.

Your true purpose is not in conflict with anything. Though you will always face challenges, you never have to fight.

For you can meet those challenges with love and grace and the positive power of peaceful purpose. Instead of getting caught up in the conflict, with the power of peace you can find a positive way to successfully move beyond it.

No one can take peace away from you when you step forward and offer it first. Keep peace in your thoughts, and put real, meaningful power in your life.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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