Friday, April 18, 2014

Daily Motivation 4-18-2014

Friday, April 18, 2014
Today's Gift

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds! --Bob Marley

Many of us were oppressed and victimized as children. As adults, we may continue to keep ourselves oppressed.

Some of us don't recognize that caretaking and not setting boundaries will leave us feeling victimized.

Some of us don't understand that thinking of ourselves as victims will leave us feeling oppressed.

Some of us don't know that we hold the key to our own freedom. That key is honoring ourselves, and taking care of ourselves.

We can say what we mean, and mean what we say.

We can stop waiting for others to give us what we need and take responsibility for ourselves. When we do, the gates to freedom will swing wide.

Walk through.

Today, I will understand that I hold the key to my freedom. I will stop participating in my oppression and victimization. I will take responsibility for myself, and let others do as they may.
From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©


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Keep It Simple

Patience is needed with everyone, but first of all with ourselves. ~ St. Francis de Sales ~

How do you treat yourself? Do you talk to yourself with a kind and loving voice? We can’t be kind and loving to others until we learn to be kind and loving with ourselves. To live this way, we must give ourselves the gift of patience.

Let’s practice patience with ourselves daily. Practice talking to yourself in a kind, loving voice. Over time, this will become your everyday voice. Your voice will be that of a loving parent who helps a child with a new task. Your Higher Power is willing to be patient with you. Give yourself the same gift.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, I pray that I’ll treat myself and others with the same loving patience You’ve shown me.

Action for the Day: I will listen to how I talk to myself. I will practice talking to myself with a kind, loving, and patient voice.

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One Day At A Time

Inventory
We want to find exactly how, when, and where our natural desires have warped us.
We wish to look squarely at the unhappiness this has caused others and ourselves.
By discovering what our emotional deformities are, we can move toward their correction.
Without a willing and persistent effort to do this, there can be little sobriety or contentment for us.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 43

Thought to Ponder . . .
Trust God. Clean house. Help others.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A B C =
Accept, Begin, Continue.

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Daily Motivation

The richness of now

Right now is an exceptional moment. Be here with all you are, and experience its richness.

Feel the energy that is already available to you. See the value that is already in front of you, right now.

Let go of any thoughts of limitation or conflict. Let yourself see the unique beauty that is here and now.

Instead of obsessing over how things should be, tap into the great value of how things are. Instead of longing for the past or wishing for the future, live with joy, satisfaction and gratitude in the present.

Right now, let yourself be genuinely happy, and you will be. Right now, let yourself be more fully alive than ever.

Reach out and touch the exquisite world that is yours to experience right here, at this very moment. Feel the joy, feel the substance, and feel the love as you fully live the richness of now.

— Ralph Marston

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Daily Motivation 4-17-2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Today's Gift

The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live. --Mortimer Adler

In some areas of our lives we are right on target. Our level of maturity is exactly as it should be, and we are going through the stages that people of our age ought to be going through. In other areas, this is not so. We are complex people, irregular, uneven. In all of us there are areas fixated in some emotional ice age, areas that have not felt the freeing warmth of the sun.

We cannot expect ourselves to move forward all at once. Not only is it okay to move slowly — it's often the only way it can be. Confusion, conflict, or pain may have caused us to let our memories or feelings be frozen safely away. This has been a long process, and we can allow ourselves more time to heal. The task now is not to deny or hide from these changes, but to have confidence that the healing warmth of the our Higher Power will reflect on all areas of our lives and help make us whole.

I am thankful I am given both time and patience in which to continue my growth.

From the book Days of Healing, Days of Joy by Earnie Larsen and Carol Larsen Hegarty


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Keep It Simple

Possibilities and miracles are one and the same. ~ Anonymous ~

Many of us have seen happiness as a goal we couldn’t find. When we were children, we were taught that “life is a hard row to hoe.” We carried that over into our adult lives.

Seize the day! We let too many of our days just slide by. None of those hours can be replaced. Why worry over past failures if there is a victory to win? Why keep thinking about our faults when we could be practicing virtues instead?

Seize the day! Hold each moment tight and look at each one with wide-open eyes and mind. They are our lives, special to each of us. The moments pass swiftly into memory. Let those memories be good ones, filled with joys large and small.

Action for the Day: Yesterday’s unhappiness can’t be changed, but today’s happiness is my own responsibility.

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One Day At A Time

Fear
For all its usual destructiveness, we have found that fear can be the starting point for better things.
Fear can be a stepping-stone to prudence and to a decent respect for others.
It can point the path to justice, as well as to hate.
And the more we have of respect and justice, the more we shall begin to find the love
which can suffer much, and yet be freely given. So fear need not always be destructive,
because the lessons of its consequences can lead us to positive values.
- The Language of the Heart, April 2014

Thought to Ponder . . .
Breathe in faith, breathe out fear.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
O D A A T
= One Day At A Time.

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Daily Motivation

Transform weakness into strength

Weakness is nothing to be ashamed of. It is something to be worked on.

It’s good to improve on your strengths. It’s even better, though, to make improvements in the areas that are your weaknesses.

When you improve on your strengths, you get good incremental gains. Yet when you can transform a weakness into a strength, you get major, life-changing gains.

Be willing to admit what you don’t know, what you are not experienced at doing, and what you don’t understand. Then get busy learning, developing your skills, and increasing your understanding.

Instead of using your weaknesses as excuses, use them as pathways for improvement. Instead of resigning yourself to whatever’s holding you back, challenge yourself to find a way around it.

Be honest and realistic with yourself about where you are coming up short. Then do the work, transform that weakness into strength, and move forward faster than ever before.

— Ralph Marston





Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Daily Motivation 4-16-2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Today's Gift

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. --Eleanor Roosevelt

In this moment, we are the best we can be. Today, we can work at loving the best in ourselves and not fearing the worst. We are truly wonderful and growing people with gifts and qualities that make us who we are. No one can make us feel inferior without our consent.

Now, we are in charge of our lives and growth. We can choose to let go of old negative thinking. We can choose to think positive, loving thoughts about ourselves. We never need to be victims again to dysfunction or to other people. We have options today. We can choose to grow in a positive way. We can choose to have loving, affirming people in our lives.

Today I will stick with the winners. I am a winner today and every day.

From the book Our Best Days by Nancy Hull-Mast


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Keep It Simple

I have wept in the night
For the shortness of sight
That to somebody’s need made me blind;
But I have never yet
Felt a tinge of regret
For being a little too kind.
~ Anonymous ~


We have only to turn on the evening news to be deluged by all the unkindnesses in the world. Natural disasters destroy and kill. People murder. Governments oppress and torture. People discriminate against others. But if we turn off the evening news and take a look at our own lives – at our relationships – we can see that unkindness is just as prevalent.

Kindness is like a beautiful flowering plant. Pay attention to it, water it, nourish it, tend to its needs, and it will flourish. One flower will open, then another, with a reward of brilliant colors. Show it no kindness, and it will close up its beauty and die.

Action for the Day: There are flowers all around me. I need to cultivate my garden with kindness.

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One Day At A Time

Pride
Some see pride as just a minor issue. I see pride, and resistance to change,
as the deadliest character flaw every alcoholic deals with on a daily basis.
The only answer I've ever found in dealing with such a high level of denial,
is written about in the Big Book,
and can be found in action at just about any AA meeting in the world.
The AA Grapevine, April 2014

Thought to Ponder . . .
Into action, out of self.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
P R I D E = P
ersonal Recovery Involves Deflating Ego.

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Daily Motivation

What you do next

Don’t define yourself by your past. Define yourself by your possibilities.

The version of you that now matters is the version of you going forward. See your life in those terms, from that perspective.

The only thing that can really hold you back is your reluctance to fulfill your best possibilities. Though progress is rarely easy, it is always possible.

You cannot just walk away from the obligations you’ve incurred in the past. However, you absolutely can choose to honor those obligations by going above and beyond them.

No matter what the past has been, today is an opportunity. You are alive, capable, motivated and in a position to make a positive difference in some way.

Look forward, see that opportunity, and dive into the fulfillment of it. What really matters now is what you do next, so make it something great.

— Ralph Marston


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Daily Motivation 4-15-2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Today's Gift

Just be what you are and speak from your guts and heart - it's all a person has. —Hubert Humphrey

Some of us have doubted our inner voice so completely that we abandoned it totally. Many of us have discovered it the hard way, that by our denial we had violated our inner voice with lies, even to ourselves. Now we question whether we can trust our instincts, and we may not know what we feel.

Spiritual recovery is a return to our guts and our heart. Standing up and speaking from our hearts may be difficult at times, but our self-respect rises as we do. That is where we go for our final decision-making. We develop better reception for the inner voice as we live are truth. We accept that we are never absolutely right. We continue with humility, knowing we may be wrong and listening to others and our Higher Power. Yet we must live with our choices.

I will seek the courage to be faithful to my own instincts.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©


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Keep It Simple

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. ~ Thomas Jefferson ~

We see our true selves when we don’t resculpt our bodies, change the style of our hair, or try to imagine someone else instead of us. If we see ourselves as we honestly are, then we will see the imperfections that make us who we are: perhaps too much weight or not enough, a not-so-clear complexion, or being too short or tall. We will never look the way we really want because our desires are usually impossible to attain. We can certainly make some changes, but we need to learn to see an honest picture of ourselves.

The first step to get to know who we are is to know what we look like. We can start by taking off our clothes and standing naked in front of a mirror. That’s us, no matter how much we may want to look away or cry or laugh out loud. We may wish that wasn't what we looked like, but that’s because we've learned to look at others rather than ourselves. We can take the first step toward wisdom and maturity by seeing our honest reflection, and accepting it.

Action for the Day: I will gather up courage to really look at my reflection. I will accept the good as well as the bad.

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One Day At A Time

Understanding
Gradually, however, my Higher Power began to clear my channels
so that real understanding began to come.
Then was the time when full realization and acknowledgement came to me.
It was realization and acknowledgement of the fact that I was full of self-pity
and resentment, realization that I had not fully given my problems to 
my Higher Power.
I was still trying to do my own fixing.
- Experience, Strength and Hope, p. 22

Thought to Ponder . . .
Get it - Give it - Grow in it.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = A
chieve Anything.
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Daily Motivation

This is going to be

This is going to be a beautiful day. The way you can know that is because you will make it so.

This is going to be a productive day. You can live its moments with your awareness focused on bringing new value to life.

This is going to be a unique, memorable day. You have the opportunity right now to make the memories great ones.

This is going to be a joyful day. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, whomever you’re with, you can add your own joy to the mix.

This is going to be a meaningful day. For you can use its many moments and possibilities in the service of what truly matters.

The way this day turns out depends on what you choose to do with it. And what you can choose, right now, is to make it the best one yet.

— Ralph Marston




Monday, April 14, 2014

Daily Motivation 4-14-2014

Monday, April 14, 2014
Today's Gift

The fastest way to break the cycle of perfectionism and become a fearless person is to give up the idea of doing it perfectly - indeed to embrace uncertainty and imperfection. ~Arianna Huffington

Life is an individual process that necessitates making mistakes, struggling through problems, and facing tough issues.

Expecting ourselves to be perfect slows this process; it puts us in a guilty and anxious state. Expecting others to be perfect is equally destructive; it makes others feel ashamed and may interfere with their growth.

People are human and vulnerable, and that is wonderful. We can accept and cherish that idea. Expecting others to be perfect puts us in a codependent state of moral superiority. Expecting ourselves to be perfect makes us feel rigid and inferior.

We can let go of both ideas.

We do not need to go to the other extreme; tolerating anything people throw our way. We can still expect appropriate, responsible behavior from ourselves. But most of us can afford to loosen up a bit. And when we stop expecting others to be perfect, we may discover that they're doing much better than we thought. When we stop expecting ourselves to be perfect, we'll discover the beauty in ourselves.

Today, I will practice tolerance, acceptance, and love of others as they are, and myself as I am. I will strive for that balance between expecting too much and expecting too little from others and myself.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©


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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

A person who is looking for something doesn't travel very fast. ~ E. B. White ~

What do men really want? What are we seeking? Many of us have felt driven and still feel restless or compulsive at times. We frantically followed our impulses to self-destructive extremes. Even those painful actions of our past were motivated, at the bottom line, by a spiritual search. What did we really seek in the bottle, or in the passionate bed, or in our work? Slowing down enough every day to let ourselves know what we are looking for gives us a much better chance of finding it.

Today we can slow down by taking twenty minutes for solitude and quiet, for meditation or prayer. We can call a friend simply for a moment of contact. We might read something to give ourselves some ideas to ponder, or we can listen to music which will transport us to another world. Perhaps we can simply walk more slowly from our cars or the bus stop to our homes. Often it is not the events in our lives that bring change but the space between events.

Today’s Action: Today, I will try to remember that slowing down may help me find what I am seeking.

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One Day At A Time

Acceptance
And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. . .
Until I could accept my dysfunctions, I could not get past them;
unless I accept life completely on life's terms, I cannot be happy.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 417

Thought to Ponder . . .
My serenity is directly proportional to my level of acceptance.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A B C =
Acceptance, Belief, Change.

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Daily Motivation

The power to choose

The pains, disappointments and frustrations tug at you. And yet, you are infinitely more powerful than all of them put together.

With your very next thought, you can rise above any kind of negativity. With your next action, you can begin to put real distance between yourself and whatever was bringing you down.

You have the power to choose the way you see life, and the way you experience life. You can take whatever comes, and make something positive out of it.

The more you make a conscious, intentional choice about how to live, the stronger you become at doing so. Over time, as you continue to exercise your power to choose, you add real richness and fulfillment to your life.

Look at this day, with all its problems and challenges, and see the positive possibilities. Look inside yourself, and find the dreams, goals and desires that have the strength to push you forward.

Choose to live a life of unique greatness, and to give that greatness to your world. In every moment you have the power to choose, so choose the very best.

— Ralph Marston



Friday, April 11, 2014

Daily Motivation 4-11-2014

Friday, April 11, 2014
Today's Gift

I have learned this: it is not what one does that is wrong, but what one becomes as a consequence of it. —Oscar Wilde

There are countless ways to take shortcuts in life or to grab for pleasures. We could cheat on our income taxes, excuse a food binge, or lie to a loved one about where we've been. We say, "It won't hurt anyone!" "I wouldn't do it if it weren't for the other guy." Or, "Everyone does it." But if we are to like and respect ourselves, we need to live by the rules we believe in. Whether we get caught or not isn't the point. We cannot hold values and then repeatedly justify breaking them.

What does it do to us if we constantly fudge on our values? It undermines our self-esteem and damages the faith we have in ourselves. We do not expect to be perfect, but we must be accountable. If we are honest with ourselves, we admit our wrongs and reestablish our self-respect.

Today, I will take care to make choices that match my values.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©


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Keep It Simple

Self-control is one of the greatest skills I've learned. --Jim Burns

Most of us assume we have mastered self-control by now. And perhaps we have. A good test is to monitor how we respond to a nagging spouse or a disrespectful postman or vile-mouthed teenager. Do instances such as these make us angry or resentful? If so, we aren't exerting adequate self-control. Letting another's behavior, no matter how petty, disturb our inner peace means we aren't in control of ourselves. But we can be. There is still time to learn how, and most of us have all the time we need.

Why is self-control so valuable? Getting agitated feels good sometimes. We may think it's superior to boredom. But in truth, losing control of our emotions means we are always in the control of someone else. That too often means we are on a rollercoaster of ups and downs that exhaust us. Illness can even result. Another benefit of self-control is that we can lessen the turmoil around us, rather than add to it. The impact of any action or thought or quiet response is never ending. It's quite analogous to the pebble skipped across the pond. We are making subtle contributions to the world around us whether we are conscious of it or not. Let's be more careful of our input.

Action for the Day: I will consider my input in all situations carefully today. What someone else does need not determine my actions.

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One Day At A Time

Turn It Over
Any of us can handle just one day;
all each of us has to try at is our own job, our own family life.
We don't have to try fixing up the whole world or understanding
what no theologian of any faith has ever understood.
We simply stop messing in our Higher Power's business. . .
when we stop messing and worrying, we have turned our will
and our lives over to God (or Good) as we understand (or don't understand) Him.
- Came To Believe . . ., p. 116

Thought to Ponder . . .
Our Higher Power seldom becomes a reality until our Higher Power becomes a necessity.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
G O D =
Good Orderly Direction.

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Daily Motivation

Make the effort to make it happen

Don’t just hope to get it done. Take the time and make the effort to make it happen.

The things you get done are the things you make a specific time for in your schedule. If it’s important enough to be an intention, then it’s important enough to get it scheduled.

Don’t relegate your valuable intentions to an open-ended to-do list. Put them on your calendar.

There’s only so much time in each day, so scheduling your intentions will force you to prioritize them. That will help you make sure the most important things actually get done.

Thoughts and intentions are important because they can define your direction. For your direction to actually matter, though, you must get yourself in motion.

Go beyond wishing, hoping, planning and talking. Take the time, take the action, and get it done.

— Ralph Marston



Thursday, April 10, 2014

Daily Motivation 4-10-2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Today's Gift

Celebrate your life and hear your spirit sing. -- Elisabeth L.

"What's to celebrate?" some people ask. We all get our fill of the cynics. Their negativity can weigh down our spirits. But we don't have to let them control how we see our lives or theirs. To keep our own perceptions positive, it helps to detach from the naysayers. We will improve our chances if we consciously focus on gratitude for even the tiny blessings rather than on whatever might be wrong.

Becoming grateful is the strongest, safest means of feeling good. Not only does it readily alter our mood, but it changes our perspective on every detail of our lives. To be thankful rather than "thankless" is a small price to pay for unqualified happiness coupled with serenity.

We've all known people who radiate a singing spirit. They love life, themselves, and others. We seek out their company. We can be like those people for the travelers sharing our journey. Let's do it!

I will practice gratitude today and be a blessing in everyone's life.

From the book A Woman's Spirit by Karen Casey


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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

WALK IN DRY PLACES

DESERVING HAPPINESS

Emotional Control
Somewhere in the course of living, we should realize that we can deserve to be happy. If happiness is eluding us, the fault may lie in a peculiar guilt from our past. In a perverse way, we may be using unhappiness as penance for our past wrongs.

We deserve to be happy if we are doing the things that should bring happiness to ourselves and others. Thinking and living rightly is a path to happiness. Meeting our obligations to society and others contributes to personal happiness.

Happiness is always in the direction of love and service, never in anything selfish. We deserve to be happy, but we must plant seeds of happiness by our thoughts and actions.

Action for the Day: I’ll be happy today. If I’m worrying about something, I’ll suspend the worry and let myself be happy in spite of it. I deserve to be happy and I am usually the person who is responsible for this happiness.

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Emotional Sobriety
How to translate a right mental conviction into a right emotional result,
and so into easy, happy, and good living --
well, that's not only the neurotic's problem, it's the problem of life itself for all of us
who have got to the point of real willingness to hew to right principles in all our affairs.
Even then, as we hew away, peace and joy may still elude us.
That's the place so many of us AA oldsters have come to. And it's a hell of a spot.
- The Language of the Heart, p. 237

Thought to Ponder . . .
Spiritual and emotional growth does not depend so much upon success
as it does upon failures and setbacks.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O P E =
Hang On! Peace Exists.


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Daily Motivation

Your job

Today is already beautiful and full of promise. Your job is to make it great.

There is already abundance in every direction. Your job is to make something valuable out of it.

Today, you’ve been given so very much. Your job is to give it meaning.

Choose today to make fewer judgments and to make more joy. Choose today to stop second guessing your intuition and to live the richness of your authentic purpose.

You are standing right in the middle of a whole universe that’s filled with great possibilities. Let yourself feel the immensity of that opportunity, then step forward and do something wonderful with it.

Your job today is to add new, meaningful experiences to the story of life. So get going, enjoy the challenges and the magnificent rewards your efforts will bring.

— Ralph Marston






Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Daily Motivation 4-9-2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Today's Gift

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. --George Bernard Shaw

It's easy to let circumstances determine how we think and behave. While it's true that some events seem devastating, our relationship with a Higher Power can help us accept and even grow from experiences that seem impossible to cope with.

We all have known men and women who've handled grave upsets far more easily than we have. How did they do it? They have no magic. Rather, they may be more comfortable letting their Higher Power help them accept and understand unfortunate circumstances. Once we accept our anger or disappointment, we're free to move on to better feelings. We begin to realize we have choices in how we look at problems.

We are never given more than we can handle. We can develop acceptance of any circumstances, but our success in doing so comes mainly through our reliance on our Higher Power to show us the way.

Higher Power will help me handle the uncontrollable events of today. Through acceptance, I can change my feelings at any moment - even right now.

From the book In God's Care by Karen Casey


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Keep It Simple

Adversity introduces a man to himself. ~ Anonymous ~

After difficult or challenging times we often say, “I never would have chosen to go through that, but I learned a lot from it.” It could be a job situation, a failed relationship, or trouble with the law. When we bump up against something hard—something that pushes back at us, our strength is tested, forcing us to draw on unknown reserves. A mountain climber standing on a safe ledge finds it difficult to move for-ward onto a more frightening spot. After they have completed the route, they look back and feel good about their self because they met a challenge. We meet these challenges in many ways in our lives, and they help us build our self-respect.

Whatever difficulty is facing us today, we may have to deal with it ourselves, but we do not have to be alone while we do it. We can reach out for support while we do what we must. This difficulty is part of being human and can help us see more fully who we are.

Action for the Day: I pray for the courage to face my adversity when I must and the ability to learn from it.

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One Day At A Time

Prayer and Meditation
We finally did experiment, and when unexpected results followed, we felt different;
in fact, we knew different; and so we were sold on meditation and prayer.
And that, we have found, can happen to anybody who tries.
It has been well said that "almost the only scoffers at prayer are those who never tried it enough."
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 97

Thought to Ponder . . .
Trying to pray is praying, and trying to 
meditate is meditating.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A S A P =
Always Say A Prayer.


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Daily Motivation

Your own positive purpose

Imagine letting go of all frustration, anger, resentment and worry. Feel the freedom.

Imagine having no bitterness or envy, no anxiety and no fear. Imagine the immense positive power of not being held back by your negative feelings.

That is all possible, and it is possible right now. You have imagined it, and you can just as surely live it.

Sure, all sorts of disappointing, frustrating and disconcerting things happen on a daily basis. Yet there is no good reason to hold on to the negativity in your life.

Choose instead to let it go. Choose instead to be driven by the power of your own positive purpose.

This day is too precious and too full of opportunity to let it be contaminated by past negativity. Let it all go, and let yourself live the best life you can imagine, right now.

— Ralph Marston





Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Daily Motivation 4-8-2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Today's Gift

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

Self Care

Rest when you're tired.

Take a drink of water when you're thirsty.

Call a friend when you're lonely.

Ask for 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.

Today, I will practice loving self-care.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©


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Keep It Simple

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.

Action for the Day: I will ask myself throughout the day, "Where is my energy right now?"

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One Day At A Time

Reprieve
It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels.
We are headed for trouble if we do, for alcohol and drugs are both a subtle foe.
We are not cured of alcoholism or addiction. What we really have is a daily reprieve,
contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition.
Every day we must carry the vision of our Higher Power's will into all of our activities.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 85

Thought to Ponder . . .
AA is spiritual, is the eye of the hurricane, is my refuge and my comfort.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
K I S S =
Keeping It Simple, Spiritually.


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Daily Motivation

Act in this moment

Let yourself see the potential value in this moment. Open yourself to the opportunities in this day.

You are immersed in a sea of abundance, and it is up to you to make meaningful value out of it. You have the power to make a positive difference, so allow yourself to do so.

Take a moment to consider all the good and powerful possibilities that are within your reach right now. Remind yourself of what a shame it would be to let those possibilities go unfulfilled.

This is a day that’s like no other, and a day that will never be here again. It’s a day that can add enormous value to your life and your world, but only if you make use of it while it’s here.

Breathe in deeply, and fill your awareness with a fresh, invigorating sense of possibility. Feel your useful, beneficial power, and make the choice to immediately engage that power.

Act in this moment, on this day, with love, purpose and passion. And capture the unique value that this day offers for all of life.

— Ralph Marston




Monday, April 7, 2014

Daily Motivation 4-7-2014

Monday, April 7, 2014
Today's Gift

Take time every day to do something silly. —Philipa Walker

Spring fever may bring out our longings and our sense of unfilled needs for attention, play, or laughter. We may be afraid to express these needs because they are not often taken seriously, but thought of as childish. We may even be afraid our needs are so enormous that they will never be satisfied, and so we keep them bottled up inside ourselves, and all we can express to others is frustration.

Spring is a reminder that we can find a way to satisfy our needs. We can give ourselves a break from work or study, laugh a little, and try to share our laughter with someone else. There are many ways to fulfill a need, and by giving what we have to offer, we may find ourselves getting back exactly what we really need, even though it may not be what we had hoped for.

In the act of giving we learn we are worth giving to also. We learn that we deserve to be loved, most of all by ourselves.

What do I think I need today?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©


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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

There is no happiness; there are only moments of happiness. -- Spanish proverb

How happy we are right now may hinge on dinnertime - whether it is just before or just after. It may also depend on whether we are examining ourselves to see if we are happy or not. There's nothing like a little introspection to convince us of the futility of life. Just asking the question, "Am I happy?" is enough to put us into a blue mood.

Moments of happiness, like creative thoughts, pass before us all the time. If we want to enjoy them, it's up to us to reach out and take them when they appear. The opportunities are boundless, and they all come dressed up like other people. No one has ever been happy for long in isolation. We are not, by nature, solitary creatures. The Universe gave us people to be with. And as an incentive to be kind to one another, our Higher Power made each of us a source of happiness for others.


Today’s Action: Today, Ill make at least one happy moment. If there's anybody around, I won't have to look far for happiness today.

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One Day At A Time


Joy
I have had my share of problems, heartaches, and disappointments, because that is life,
but also I have known a great deal of joy
and a peace that is the handmaiden of an inner freedom.
I have a wealth of friends and, with my AA friends, an unusual quality of fellowship.
For, to these people, I am truly related. First, through mutual pain and despair,
and later through mutual objectives and newfound faith and hope.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 276

Thought to Ponder . . .
Joy isn't the absence of pain - it's the presence of our Higher Power.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H J F =
Happy, Joyous, Free.


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Daily Motivation

Focus on quality

There is only so much quantity you can add to any aspect of your life. Yet there is no limit to the level of quality you can attain.

Instead of doing something more and more, consider doing it better and better. Instead of increasing the quantity of what you consume or experience, consider raising the level of quality.

Live richly rather than ravenously. Focus not on how much you have but rather on how well you make meaningful use of it.

Let go of the wearisome need to have more and more. Embrace, enjoy and nurture your ability to give deeper meaning to what you already have.

Even the little things can bring great joy. Even the small moments can make a big difference.

Each moment is an opportunity to raise the level of quality in your life. Focus on quality, today and every day, and there is no limit to the richness you can experience.

— Ralph Marston