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Daily Words of the Buddha for March 25, 2017

Daily Words Of The Buddha - March 24, 2017 - 10:00pm

Carañce n?dhigaccheyya
seyya? sadisamattano,
ekacariya? da?ha? kayir?;
natthi b?le sah?yat?.
Listen

Should a seeker not find
a companion who is better or equal,
let one resolutely pursue a solitary course;
there is no fellowship with the fool.

Dhammapada 5.61
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Charlie H. Recovery Speaker #essentialsofrecovery

Essentials of Recovery - March 24, 2017 - 7:00pm


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Essentials of Recovery - March 24, 2017 - 6:00pm


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Essentials of Recovery - March 24, 2017 - 6:00pm


We found that as soon as we were able to lay aside prejudice and express even a willingness to believe in a Power greater than ourselves, we commenced to get results, even though it was impossible for any of us to fully define or comprehend that Power, which is God. ~ Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, We Agnostics, pg. 46

AROUND THE YEAR WITH EMMET FOX #essentialsofrecovery

Essentials of Recovery - March 24, 2017 - 5:35pm

COMFORT FOR MOURNING

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted (Matthew 5:4).

Mourning or sorrow is not in itself a good thing, for the will of God is that everyone should experience happiness and joyous success. Jesus says:

… I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (John 10:10).

Nevertheless, trouble and suffering are often extremely useful, because many people will not bother to learn the Truth until driven to do so by sorrow and failure. Sorrow then becomes relatively a good thing. Sooner or later every human being will have to discover the truth about God, and make his own contact with Him at first hand. He will have to acquire the understanding of Truth, which will set him free, once and for all, from our three-dimensional limitations and their concomitants-sin, sickness, and death. There is really no need for man to have trouble, because if he will only seek God first, the trouble need never come. He always has the choice of learning by spiritual unfoldment or of learning by painful experience. Family troubles, quarrels and estrangements, sin and remorse, need never come at all if we seek first the Kingdom of God and Right Understanding; but if we will not do so, then come they must and for us this mourning will be a blessing disguise, for through it we shall be “comforted.” And by comfort the Bible means the experience of the Presence of God, which is the end of all mourning.

© 1931 by Emmet Fox 
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Daily TAO – Intellect #essentialsofrecovery

Essentials of Recovery - March 24, 2017 - 5:35pm
Scholars, drunk on words and obscure meanings,
Weave a tangled web of concordances.
Simple practice never occurs to them.
Give up education, and the world will be better.

There are many who seek Tao through the intellect. They revel in thousands of concordances, seek similarities in all the world’s religions, conduct learned discourses for enthralled audiences. But they would reach the truth faster if they tied their thoughts to experience.

The intellect is inherently dualistic. It makes distinctions and creates new connections between concepts and calls that “meaning.” This type of analytical thinking is extremely limited in the face of Tao, which is not fully rational, not fully quantitative, not fully describable. Though most followers of Tao are learned, they also realize that the intellect is but one aspect in what must be a multifaceted approach to Tao.

It is said one must give up on education, not because we should be dumb, but because we must seek a level of consciousness beyond the intellect. We must study, but not to the point that emphasis on experience and meditation is lost. If we can combine the intellect and direct experience with our meditative mind, then there will be no barrier to the wordless perception of reality. 
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DAILY REFLECTIONS #essentialsofrecovery

Essentials of Recovery - March 24, 2017 - 5:30pm

A FULL AND THANKFUL HEART

I try hard to hold fast to the truth that a full and thankful heart cannot entertain great conceits. When brimming with gratitude, one’s heartbeat must surely result in outgoing love, the finest emotion that we can ever know.

~ AS BILL SEES IT, p. 37 ~

I believe that we in Alcoholics Anonymous are fortunate in that we are constantly reminded of the need to be grateful and of how important gratitude is to our sobriety. I am truly grateful for the sobriety God has given me through the A.A. program and am glad I can give back what was given to me freely. I am grateful not only for sobriety, but for the quality of life my sobriety has brought. God has been gracious enough to give me sober days and a life blessed with peace and contentment, as well as the ability to give and receive love, and the opportunity to serve others—in our Fellowship, my family and my community. For all of this, I have “a full and thankful heart.”

Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services Inc 
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JUST FOR TODAY #essentialsofrecovery

Essentials of Recovery - March 24, 2017 - 5:28pm


I Can’t, but We Can

From the isolation of our addiction, we find a fellowship of people with a common bond… Our faith, strength, and hope come from people sharing their recovery…”

~ Basic Text, pg.94-95 ~

Admit no weakness, conceal all shortcomings, deny every failure, go it alone-that was the creed many of us followed. We denied that we were powerless over our addiction, that our lives had become unmanageable, despite all evidence to the contrary. Many of us took our First Step only when we had evidence that addicts could recover in Narcotics Anonymous.

In NA, we find others who’ve been in the same predicament, with the same needs, who’ve found tools that work for them. These addicts are willing to share those tools with us and give us the emotional support we need as we learn to use them. Recovering addicts know how important the help of others can be because they’ve been given that help themselves. When we become a part of Narcotics Anonymous, we join a society of addicts like ourselves, a group of people who know that we help one another recover.

Just for today: I will join in the bond of recovery. I will find the experience, strength, and hope I need in the Fellowship of Narcotics Anonymous.

© 1991 by Narcotics Anonymous World Services Inc 
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TWENTY-FOUR HOURS A DAY #essentialsofrecovery

Essentials of Recovery - March 24, 2017 - 5:26pm

A.A. Thought for the Day

Strength comes from coming to believe in a Higher Power that can help you. You can’t define this Higher Power, but you can see how it helps other alcoholics. You hear them talk about it and you begin to get the idea yourself. You try praying in a quiet time each morning and you begin to feel stronger, as though your prayers were heard. So you gradually come to believe there must be a Power in the world outside yourself, which is stronger than you and to which you can turn for help. Am I receiving strength from my faith in a Higher Power?

Meditation for the Day

Spiritual development is achieved by daily persistence in living the way you believe God wants you to live. Like the wearing away of a stone by steady drops of water, so will your daily persistence wear away all the difficulties and gain spiritual success for you. Never falter in this daily, steady persistence. Go forward boldly and unafraid. God will help and strengthen you, as long as you are trying to do His will.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may persist day by day in gaining spiritual experience. I pray that I may make this a lifetime work.

© 1954, 1975, 1992 by Hazelden Foundation 
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AS BILL SEES IT #essentialsofrecovery

Essentials of Recovery - March 24, 2017 - 5:24pm

~ Page 84 ~

Benefits of Responsibility


“Happily, A.A.’s per capita expenses are very low. For us to fail to meet them would be to evade a responsibility beneficial for us.

“Most alcoholics have said they had no troubles that money would not cure. We are a group that, when drinking, always held out a hand for funds. So when we commence to pay our own service bills, this is a healthy change.”

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“Because of drinking, my friend Henry had lost a high-salaried job. There remained a fine house—with a budget three times his reduced earnings.

“He could have rented the house for enough to carry it. But no! Henry said he knew that God wanted him to live there, and He would see that the costs were paid. So Henry went on running up bills and glowing with faith. Not surprisingly, his creditors finally took over the place.

Henry can laugh about it now, having learned that God more often helps those who are willing to help themselves.”


~ 1. LETTER, 1960 ~

~ 2. LETTER, 1966 ~

© 1967 by Alcoholics Anonymous ® World Services, Inc
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WALK IN DRY PLACES #essentialsofrecovery

Essentials of Recovery - March 24, 2017 - 5:22pm
EXPECT MIRACLES

Belief

Some have claimed that there have been no miracles since the fourteenth century. This is a smug way of saying that miracles do not happen.

Emmet Fox conceded that miracles don’t happen in the sense of violating the perfect, universal system of law and order. But there is such a thing as appealing to a higher law, and this too is part of the constitution of the universe. Prayer is a means of doing this, and enough prayer will get you out of any difficulty, Fox insisted.

People who have found sobriety in AA are actu-ally modern miracles. They expect more miracles to continue happening; otherwise, there would be no point in continuing to work with newcomers. And while we’re expecting miracles, let’s remember that countless other human problems will yield to a spiritual approach. Life itself is miraculous when we study it; why shouldn’t there be more miracles ahead?

I’ll keep an open mind on the subject of miracles. Since we still can glimpse only a fragment of the universe, it should follow that there’s also much more to learn about the spiritual processes that rescued us from alcoholism.

© 1996 by Hazelden Foundation 
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KEEP IT SIMPLE #essentialsofrecovery

Essentials of Recovery - March 24, 2017 - 5:20pm

The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.

~ Eugene Delacroix ~

Trying to be perfect puts distance between us and our Higher Power. Trying to be perfect shows we’re ashamed of being human. In recovery, we accept that we’re human. We try to be the best human we can be.

We used to get high to feel powerful and god-like. But God is not just power. God is also gentleness. Gentleness and love are the power we look for in recovery. We give up trying to be perfect. We work to be human. We work to know the loving, gentle side of ourselves and our Higher Power. Remember, if we try to be a god, we’ll fail. If we try to be human, we’ll win.

Prayer for the Day

Higher Power, help me give up trying to be perfect. Help me always keep in mind that I’m human—which means, I’m not perfect.

Action for the Day

Part of being human is making mistakes. Today, I’ll see my mistakes as chances to learn.

Copyright © 1988 by Hazelden Foundation 
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FR. LEO'S DAILY MEDITATION #essentialsofrecovery

Essentials of Recovery - March 24, 2017 - 5:18pm

PERSEVERANCE

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of humans to elevate their lives by a conscious endeavor.”

~ Henry David Thoreau ~

Life is exciting to me when I am creating, when I am pursuing a dream, and when I am making miracles in my life.

I suppose perseverance stems from a belief that things get better when we roll up our sleeves and do something. Sobriety is about comprehending that in our lives we reflect the message.

God has created humanity with the ability to make the dream come true. This is not to say it is easy, but it is harder not to dream!

Teach me to wonder at the stars with a spade in my hands.?

© 2008 Leo Booth 
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A DAY AT A TIME #essentialsofrecovery

Essentials of Recovery - March 24, 2017 - 5:16pm

Reflection for the Day

If a chemically dependent person wants to live successfully in society, he or she must replace the power of chemicals over his/her life with the power of something else—preferably positive, at least neutral, but not negative. That is why we say to the agnostic newcomer: If you can’t believe in God, find a positive power that is as great as the power of your addiction, and give it the power and dependence you gave to your addiction. In the Program, the agnostic is left free to find his or her Higher Power, and can use the principles of the Program and the therapy of the meetings to aid in rebuilding his/her life. Do I go out of my way to work with newcomers?

Today I Pray

May the Power of the Program work its miracles equally for those who believe in the personal God or in a Universal spirit or in the strength of the group itself, or for those who define their Higher Power in their own terms, religious or not. If newcomers are disturbed by the religiousity of the Program, may I welcome them on their own spiritual terms. May I recognize that we are all spiritual beings.

Today I Will Remember

To each his own spirituality.

© 1989 by Hazelden Foundation 
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EASY DOES IT #essentialsofrecovery

Essentials of Recovery - March 24, 2017 - 5:15pm

ONE DAY AT A TIME

Time ripens all things. No man’s born wise.

~ Cervantes ~

We come to understand time in a different way. Each day we discover there is an order to life that is only revealed day-to-day. The moments when life forces us to reconsider our schedule are no longer met with anger and frustration. We begin to trust our Higher Power to actually dictate what will happen in our lives. We find ourselves staying close to people who developed some measure of humility, for they seem to have a better sense of timing.

We remember the times when we demanded, “I want what I want when I want it.” The funny thing was, we were usually disappointed when we got what we wanted.

We are even finding a new appreciation for the seasons of the year, and for our lives. We find ourselves enjoying winter just as much as summer, our old age as much as our youth. Each new day deposits within us new wisdom.

Today I will remember that rather than fighting time, I will become time’s passenger. 
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ONE DAY AT A TIME #essentialsofrecovery

Essentials of Recovery - March 24, 2017 - 5:14pm

PRESENT MOMENT

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate on the present moment.

~ Buddha ~

Staying focused, serene and receptive requires that we keep our attention placed in the present moment. If we allow our minds to be overly focused in the future (ie on outcomes such as “what if’s” or “if only’s”) or in the past (ie past resentments, past embarrassments, or “would’ve beens, “could’ve beens”) we allow ourselves to be subject to the psychological and emotional roller coaster ride that can go with these states. These meanderings into the past or present, colour our judgement and play a major role in contributing to our eating disorder. Therefore, it is imperative that we practise staying in the moment in order to maintain a healthy recovery.

One Day at a Time . . .

I will choose to live in the serenity of the present moment.

~ Rob R. ~ 
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ELDER'S MEDITATION OF THE DAY #essentialsofrecovery

Essentials of Recovery - March 24, 2017 - 5:12pm

Come forward and join hands with us in this great work for the Creator.

~ Traditional Circle of Elders, NORTHERN CHEYENNE ~

The Elders have spent years learning to pray and communicate with the Great Spirit. Their job is to pass this knowledge to the younger people. The Elders have told us we are now in a great time of Healing. The Creator is guiding the younger people to help them figure this out. We must get involved and participate. We should pray and see what it is the Great Spirit wants us to do. We need to sacrifice our time and do what is our mission to help the people and be of maximum use to the Creator. Every person is needed to accomplish this great Healing.

Creator, whisper what you want me to do. 
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A WOMAN’S SPIRIT #essentialsofrecovery

Essentials of Recovery - March 24, 2017 - 5:09pm

I don’t train for a marathon when I simply want to run five-mile races.

~ Patricia Roth Wuertzer ~

Our insecurity, our fear that we’re inadequate, pushes us to overextend ourselves. We spent many years using alcohol and other drugs rather than ful-filling our dreams and aspirations. We may try to make up for lost time by demanding too much of ourselves now.

Making some progress every day is the best way to succeed at our goals. We’ll discover almost immediately how good it feels to say we’ll do some-thing and then do it. But we must be wary of the compulsion to do too much. We’re still addicts, after all.

Life is a process. Recovery is a process. Every day we get chances to learn whatever we didn’t master yesterday. No one is keeping score. Let’s ease up, make some progress, and leave time to smell the roses.

Today I’ll remind myself that I don’t have to complete a big project every day. Making some progress is enough.

© 1994 by Hazelden Foundation 
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THE EYE OPENER #essentialsofrecovery

Essentials of Recovery - March 24, 2017 - 5:06pm


No man with certainty can see beyond this instant. Yesterday we had a friend, hale, hearty and bubbling over with energy and ambition. Today we write a letter of condolence to his widow. No one knows the day or the hour but this we do know – we are alive right now, we can help them right now.

Published by Hazelden 
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DAILY ZEN #essentialsofrecovery

Essentials of Recovery - March 24, 2017 - 5:02pm
Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.

--Buddha
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