Friday, April 18, 2014
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.
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 ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
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.
One Day At A Time
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.
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