~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*LAUGHTER Is HEALING*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
The weekly meeting topic is:
"My sponsor told me to begin this New Year by taking my inventory
of relationships, attitudes and behaviors, to see if there is anything
that is no longer working for me that I choose to let go of.
Is there anything that you are going to let go of?
What is it that is no longer appropriate for you?"
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~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Please Be There For The Newcomers*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
Today I am on my spiritual path to recovery.
A NEW YEAR!
AND A HAPPY, PEACEFUL AND JOYOUS ONE FOR EVERYONE!
written by ~ Ruth Fishel
"Time for Joy"
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light, nourishing and nurturing Books and Tapes
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for inspirational messages email
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Just for Today*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
"I am breathing in
and I am breathing out.
There is no past or future.
There is only now.
I feel my breath filling my entire body
as it goes in.
I feel my entire body relaxing
as it goes out.
I am full
I am empty
There is only this moment.
Thoughts leave me
As I fully focus on my breath.
Fear and anxiety leave me
As I fully focus on my breath.
I feel peace flowing through my entire body
Inside and out.
In and out
As my breath comes in and goes out.
I am at peace
And this is my gift
As I send it out into the world."
© 2002 Ruth Fishel
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of an email and send it to me, Thanks for your support and contributions.
What I can't do alone, We do together.
In loving service, Scott ~ YOUnMEnHP@...
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*No Matter What*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
NA at the American Correctional Association Winter Conference
N.A. Way Magazine 6/1998
What's Your Grade?
"Relationships" January 1
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Make A Meeting*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
Just For Today
January 1 Vigilance
"We keep what we have only with vigilance..." Basic Text, p. 57
How do we remain vigilant about our recovery? First, by realizing that
we have a disease we will always have. No matter how long we've been
clean, no matter how much better our lives have become, no matter what
the extent of our spiritual healing, we are still addicts. Our disease waits
patiently, ready to spring the trap if we give it the opportunity.
Vigilance is a daily accomplishment. We strive to be constantly alert and
ready to deal with signs of trouble. Not that we should live in irrational
fear that something horrible will possess us if we drop our guard for an
instant; we just take normal precautions. Daily prayer, regular meeting
attendance, and choosing not to compromise spiritual principles for the
easier way are acts of vigilance. We take inventory as necessary, share
with others whenever we are asked, and carefully nurture our recovery.
Above all, we stay aware.
We have a daily reprieve from our addiction as long as we remain vigilant.
Each day, we carry the principles of recovery into all we do, and each
night, we thank our Higher Power for another day clean.
Just for today: I will be vigilant, doing everything necessary to guard my
Just For Today Daily Meditation is the property of Narcotics Anonymous ©
1991 by World Service Office Inc.
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Get Involved In Service*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
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Meditation of the Day
Daily Meditation for ALL 12 Steppers
Dr. Twerski's Sober Thought of the Day
NEED HELP Pick a topic Daily Meditation
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Use Your Sponsor*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
Life will take on new meaning. To watch people recover, to see them help
others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you,
to have a host of friends -- this is an experience you must not miss . . .
Frequent contact with newcomers and with each other is the bright spot of
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 89
It is through service that the greatest rewards are to be found. But to be
in a position of offering true, useful and effective service to others, I
must first work on myself. This means that I have to abandon myself to
God, admitting my faults and clearing away the wreckage of my past. Work
on myself has taught me how to find the necessary peace and serenity to
successfully merge inspiration and experience. I have learned how to be,
in the truest sense, an open channel of sobriety.
Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
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Twenty-Four Hours A Day by Hazelden /January 1st
A.A. Thought for the Day
When I came into A.A., was I a desperate person?
Did I have a soul-sickness? Was I so sick of myself
and my way of living that I couldn't stand looking at
myself in a mirror? Was I ready for A.A.? Was I
ready to try anything that would help me to get sober
and to get over my soul-sickness? Should I ever
forget the condition I was in?
Meditation for the Day
In the new year, I will live one day at a time. I will
make each day one of preparation for better things
ahead. I will not dwell on the past or the future, only
on the present. I will bury every fear of the future,
all thoughts of unkindness and bitterness, all my
dislikes, my resentments, my sense of failure, my
disappointments in others and in myself, my gloom and
my despondency. I will leave all these things buried and
go forward, in this new year, into a new life.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that God will guide me one day at a time in the
new year. I pray that for each day, God will supply the
wisdom and the strength that I need.
"Twenty-Four Hours A Day" is a © Copyrighted book of
Hazelden Foundation. No portion of this publication may
be reproduced in any manner without the written
permission of Hazelden.
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Work The Steps*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
You are reading from the book The Language of Letting Go.
Melody Beattie ©
The New Year
Make New Year's goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have
happen in your life this year. This helps you do your part. It is an
affirmation that you're interested in fully living life in the year to come.
Goals give us direction. They put a powerful force into play on a universal,
conscious, and subconscious level.
Goals give our life direction.
What would you like to have happen in your life this year? What would you
like to do, to accomplish? What good would you like to attract into your
life? What particular areas of growth would you like to have happen to you?
What blocks, or character defects, would you like to have removed?
What would you like to attain? Little things and big things? Where would you
like to go? What would you like to have happen in friendship and love? What
would you like to have happen in your family life?
Remember, we aren't controlling others with our goals - we are trying to
give direction to our life.
What problems would you like to see solved? What decisions would you like to
make? What would you like to happen in your career?
What would you like to see happen inside and around you?
Write it down. Take a piece of paper, a few hours of your time, and write it
all down - as an affirmation of you, your life, and your ability to choose.
Then let it go.
Certainly, things happen that are out of our control. Sometimes, these
events are pleasant surprises; sometimes, they are of another nature. But
they are all part of the chapter that will be this year in our life and will
lead us forward in the story.
The New Year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be
written. We can help write that story by setting goals.
Today, I will remember that there is a powerful force motivated by writing
dawn goals. I will do that now, for the year to come, and regularly as
needed. I will do it not to control but to do my part in living my life
©1990, Hazelden Foundation. All rights reserved. No portion of this
publication may be reproduced in any manner without the written permission
of the publisher.
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*You Are A Miracle*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
The Pharaoh Chewed Juicy Fruit
Links to The Soul at Work
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Keep It Simple*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
Happy New Year!
by Marie T. Russell
Although the difference between Dec. 31st and January 1st is only one day,
our psyche measures it as a major milestone in our existence. It is good to
have a fresh start on January 1st... this gives us the needed motivation to
release our previous beliefs and behaviors. The energy of a new year is very
reassuring and helps us "turn the page" on what we no longer desire.
Just as businesses take inventory at the beginning or end of a year, so,
too, can we. When we take time to inventory our life, we reconnect with who
and what we are. By reflecting this way, it helps us to rediscover our
life's goals and aspirations. When you look at your goals and dreams, are
you on track? Are you meeting the goals you set? For example, you may have a
goal of being healthy and dynamic - yet, in practice, you primarily watch TV
and munch on fried and oily potato chips. There appears to be a dichotomy
between desire and practice. Taking an impartial look at our lives can be
very useful. I ask you not to judge or criticize yourself - simply observe.
This year, I am focusing on attaining peace - both within myself and with
others around me. Remember, we are the creators of the reality around us. By
focusing on peace, first within ourselves, next with everyone we meet, be
they family, friends, or people on the street, the world will begin
resonating to the same frequency. Additionally, we need to make peace with
the statesmen/women of this planet. If we spend time bemoaning the state of
the world, criticizing the behavior of our politicians, and becoming angry
at the defilement of Mother Earth, we cannot be at peace. Of major
importance is the fact that we are not contributing to the solution. Our
angry thoughts simply add fuel to the fire!
By saying this, I do not mean to suggest we bow down and allow things to
continue as they are. No! We need to take the necessary steps to redirect
the leadership on this planet - yet we must do it from an inner state of
peace, knowing that change is essential for the healing and continuation of
life on this planet. We must participate and make changes, but not from
anger, not from despair, not from impatience and judgment. We must
understand that everyone has been doing what they felt they needed to do.
Our role is to help others understand that there is a better, more peaceful,
loving, and healing way. It is the way of the peaceful warrior. We do not
lay down and let others trod over us and damage our beloved planet and its
inhabitants. Neither do we participate in the "game" of violence and
arrogance. If we adopt the same behavior as the aggressors, we have become
one of them.
We should constantly question our motives and direction. Are we moving
towards harmony and peace for all? Are we focusing on wanting a resolution
where everyone's highest good is being considered? Are we living from the
"me against them" perspective or from a knowledge that everyone is important
in the grand scheme of things? We must focus on peaceful resolutions, always
looking for the "highest" path, the path of love and where the Highest Good
of all emerges a "winner".
Living and working with others can be a very enlightening experience when we
realize that everyone is us - at some stage of our evolution. The person we
admire may be where we are headed, whereas, the one we judge and criticize
may be where we are, or where we have been - or perhaps they are portraying
someone from our past and we get to relive similar situations and
interactions so that we can heal our own behavior. The lesson is to learn to
heal - to deal with all situations in peace and objectivity, always looking
for the highest good for all concerned.
It's a new year! It's a new day! It's a new moment! Every moment is another
opportunity to raise our vibrations and thus contribute to raising the
vibration of the planet and all of its inhabitants. As every one of us
renounces fear and resentments, we are helping others up another step in the
ladder of life. We are not separate. Each of our actions, thoughts, and
desires resonate in the Universe to be "picked up" by others.
Now is the time to make sure that we contribute to the upliftment of
humanity. We are all in this together. Let's join forces (the forces of love
and peace) and create a better world. We are the leaders of the transition.
We are the ones who can make a difference - by our individual actions,
thoughts, and visions, and by our collective actions, thoughts, and visions.
Love is the key, and you are the gatekeeper who holds the key - love for
ourselves, for our neighbors, for those better off or worse off than we, for
Open the door of your heart and let the Light & Love shine to yourself, to
others, and through you and all. Happy New Year!
About The Author:
Marie T. Russell is the publisher of InnerSelf Magazine (first published in
1985 originally as Mighty Natural Magazine) and The Natural Yellow Pages
(1987-2002). She produced a weekly South Florida radio broadcast, Inner
Power, from 1991-1995 which focused on themes such as self-esteem, personal
growth, and well-being. Her articles focus on transformation and
reconnecting with our inner source of joy and creativity. Marie can be
reached at marie@...
with personal comments and feedback, or to be
placed on a mailing list to be advised when her book becomes available.
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*One Day At A Time*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
A Thought For The New Year
God didn't promise days without pain, laughter
without sorrow, sun without rain, but He did
promise strength for the day, comfort for your
tears, and a light to shine your way.
Disappointments are like road humps, they
slow you down a bit but you enjoy the smooth
road afterwards. Don't stay on the humps too
long. Move on!
When you feel down because you didn't get
what you want, just sit tight and be happy,
because God has something better
to give you.
When something happens to you, good or bad
consider what it means. There's a purpose to
life's events, to teach you how to laugh more
or not to cry too hard.
You can't make someone love you, all you can
do is be someone who can be loved, the rest
is up to the person to realize your worth.
What the heart gives away is never gone. It is
kept in the hearts of others.
Remember that great love and great achievements
involve great risks.
Secure a special place in your heart. A certain
place only you can enter. For there will come a
time when you need to find yourself and only your
heart will show you the way.
The measure of love is when you love without
In life there are very rare chances that you'll meet
the person you love and loves you in return. So
once you have it don't ever let go, the chance might
never come your way again.
It's better to lose your pride to the one you love,
than to lose the one you love because of pride.
We spend so much time looking for the right
person to love or finding fault with those we
already love, when instead we should be
perfecting the love we give.
When you truly care for someone, you don't
look for faults, and you overlook excuses.
Five rules to be happy:
1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.
God doesn't CALL the QUALIFIED,
He QUALIFIES the CALLED.
"There's no attainment, if there is no goal."
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*First Things First*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
To leave the old with a burst of song;
To recall the right and forgive the wrong;
To forget the things that bind you fast
To the vain regrets of the year that's past;
To have the strength to let go your hold
Of the not worth while of the days grown old;
To dare go forth with a purpose true,
To the unknown task of the year that's new;
To help your brother along the road,
To do his work and lift his load;
To add your gift to the world's good cheer,
Is to have and to give a Happy New Year.
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Easy Does It*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
Resign yourself to be happy,
For that is what you deserve.
Resign yourself to serve,
For that is why you are here.
Resign yourself to forgive,
For there is nothing to judge in Truth.
Resign yourself to love,
For that is what you are,
That is all there is,
That is "All that Is"
John and Rev. Ananda McIntosh
1998 - 2001© Copyright - Teach Only Love
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Live And Let Live*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
On the Anniversary of Your Rebirth
This poem was written in celebration of a friend's
two years of sobriety in March of 1997.
You are one of the few
who has dared to step outside
comforting illusions --
No more masks or hiding,
no more lies --
choosing to live as a real person
in a real world.
You have shown a bravery by your actions
that belongs only to heroes,
turning your back on familiar havens
to embrace the unknown,
daring to trust
when trust appears impossible,
throwing away all crutches and props
when you have felt least able to stand.
Unlike others, you confront yourself,
acknowledging the shadow side of who we all are,
rejoicing in the good and accepting flaws,
choosing with each day the better path,
aware of the true fragility and danger of each hour
from which most others hide,
unable to accept uncertainty and doubt.
When we, too, face the truths from which
we have so carefully shielded ourselves,
as someday we all must do,
we'll look to you, respected elder sister,
to see the model by which to shape
our own bravery and our path,
daring, like you,
to live a life of true courage.
Copyright ©1997, by Elizabeth Bennefeld. All rights reserved.
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Keep The Focus On You*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
hanging on with all my might
to an ever-unraveling thread
struggling through another night
with these demons in my head
I can't cope, my mind's tore down
my heart's been massacred
jumping up with every sound
I have or haven't heard
and I long for the light of freedom
I crave that saving ray of peace
let me know my new life has begun
assure me my soul's been released
and I will follow your path,
let your steps be my guide
and finally this storm I have
will be loosed from inside
serenity will be my call
others I will aid
I will strive to surrender all
I will take on your last name
for we are all one family
joined by the bonding of our hearts
this hope shared with you and me
will help others gain a brand new start
thank you God, for all your blessings
all the joy and all the lessons
all that you have opened inside me
I will give my all today
to your will and to NA
for without them I wouldn't be free
with love, written without editing, just letting the
spirit guide my fingers.
written by ~ johnh94
"Courage is the power to let go of the familiar."
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Let God and Let Go*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
Happy New Year!
Have a good one,a great thing to say,
We all can be happy,each our own way.
Throw out the old, get on with the new,
It's easy to say, but harder to do.
Here in Central Florida, I think we were shocked,
When hurricanes blasted, this whole state was rocked,
Nothing we had learned could prepare us for this,
Most will rebuild, on our strength, we insist.
Our lives are so pleasant, as hopefully we survive,
That didn't prepare us for December of 05,
The tidal wave that happened a few days ago,
Has so many sad here, no way could we know.
The victims so many, 200,000 in number,
The terror of it all, so many put asunder,
The thing that I saw in the midst of it all,
Was love felt so deeply so matter how small.
This year is all ended, a new one begun,
A war in Irac, and no one has won,
I'll pray to my God as this day is all through,
Let this year be a lesson, we've so much to do.
All in all I see it as God knows I would,
That all of humanity is basically good,
Tonight as I say it, although with a tear,
In spite of it all, Have a Happy New Year!
Love and blessings,
© OH FIVE!!!!!!!
Cherish your vision; Cherish your ideals;
Cherish the music that stirs in your heart,
the beauty that forms in your mind,
the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts.
If you remain true to them, your world will at last be built.
Start living now.
Stop saving the good china for that special occasion.
Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes.
Every day you are alive is a special occasion.
Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God.
Mary Manin Morrissey
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Come To Believe*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
Children are happy because they don't yet have a file
in their minds called "All the Things That Could Go Wrong."
They don't have a mind-set that puts
"Things to Fear" before "Things to Love."
Unless we can be like little children,
we can't enter into the kingdom of heaven;
unless we can be like little children, we can't be happy.
Children are happy because they don't have all the facts yet.
Marianne Williamson, Illuminata
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Look For The Beauty*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
Evil, (ignorance) is like a shadow-it has no real substance of its own,
it is simply a lack of light.
You cannot cause a shadow to disappear by trying to fight it,
stomp on it, by railing against it,
or any other form of emotional or physical resistance.
In order to cause a shadow to disappear,
you must shine light on it.
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Today Is A Gift*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
A true sponsor is a person who knows
the words to the song in your heart
and is able to sing them back to you
when you have forgotten those words.
"The quality of your recovery is proportional
to the quality of your surrender."
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Stay In The Light*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
"Being an addict does not give me permission
to act out on my defects of character."
*~*~*~*~*~*~*Put Gratitude In Your Attitude*~*~*~*~*~*~*
"The Power behind me is
greater than the problem in front of me."
*~*~*~*~*~*~*PLUG Into The POWER*~*~*~*~*~*~*
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