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For me, the different religions are beautiful flowers from the same garden, or they are branches of the same majestic tree. Therefore, they are equally true, though being received and interpreted through human instruments equally imperfect.
-Mahatma Gandhi

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Alcoholics Anonymous Daily Reading
Codependency Daily Reading
Dr. Steve's Daily Recovery Reflection
Higher Power Daily Contemplation
Narcotics Anonymous Daily Reflection
Program Daily Reminders
Recovery Daily Handout
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions Daily Quote 










Hitting bottom opened my mind and I became willing to try something different.  What I tried was A.A.  My new life in the Fellowship was a little like learning how to ride a bike for the first time: A.A. became my training wheels and my supporting hand.  It's not that I wanted the help so much at the time; I simply did not want to hurt like that again.  My desire to avoid hitting bottom again was more powerful than my desire to drink.  In the beginning that was what kept me sober.  But after a while I found myself working the Steps to the best of my ability. I soon realized that my attitudes and actions were changing --if ever so slightly. One Day at a Time, I became comfortable with myself, and others, and my hurting started to heal.  Thank God for the training wheels and supporting hand that I choose to call Alcoholics Anonymous.

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Don't Get Ahead of Yourself

I pulled out the map.
I'll go here, I thought, and there.
I'll visit this place, then that one.
My mind raced with excitement
at all the places left to see.
I felt overwhelmed, wondering if I could get
to all the places I wanted to visit.
For a moment I forgot to look around and
appreciate where I was-in the forest at the
foot of Mount Olympus in Olympic State Park.

Don't get ahead of yourself.
There are many wonderful places to visit,
many experiences to have, many people
to meet and enjoy.
But you aren't there yet.
There will be some trials, too.
More lessons along the path.
But you aren't there yet, either.

Stay in this moment.
It contains the experience you need to have.
This moment contains your happiness.
Living this moment, being fully present for it,
is the way to get to the next experience,
the next person, the next emotion,
the next adventure.
Cherish the moment.
Feel all there is to feel.
See all there is to see.

Learn the lessons of today,
and you will be prepared for the adventures
and joys of tomorrow.
Be here now. This is the only place you need to be.
And from this place, all things are possible.
-Melody Beattie

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Let Go and Let God. You know what it means but how to apply such a simple phrase to the events and circumstances of your life—that’s something far more difficult to do. To Let go is to unlearn. To unlearn that your will is the center of the universe, to unlearn that your emotional and spiritual well-being is attached to the fulfillment of what you want, to unlearn that your way is THE way to living your life.

To let God is to live the spirit of the saying Man plans, God laughs. To let God is to follow the path of your Higher Power rather than micromanaging your life and the lives of others. To let God is to live in trust that your Higher Power’s design for your life is far more grand than the design you’ve created for yourself.

To let go and let God is to unlearn the belief that serving your will is the path to emotional and spiritual well-being. To let God is to entrust your emotional and spiritual well-being to your Higher Power.
Today I will unlearn…



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Just me sitting along the shore
with absolutely nothing to do
How I love these quiet moments
of peaceful reflection and drifting
I wander to such wondrous realms of imagination and contemplation
These times alone are both my therapy
and a very special reward to myself
The calming sounds of the waves
and the scent of the sea breezes
Are also welcome elixirs for my spirit
soothing my sometimes weary soul
And, I never leave this magical place
without a profound sense of renewal
In fact, I've visited this place so often
that all I have to do is close my eyes
Then I'm transported to it's welcoming
embrace and its wondrous healing power
These time outs from the temporal world
are so critical to my spiritual growth
For they remind me of who I was and am
as well as who I am trying to become
Without them, I might find it very easy to
become lost in the everyday clutter and noise
And, what a shame that would be to lose
my focus on why I am here in the first place
I wonder if everyone is fortunate enough
to have such a mystical place to visit
And, do they take the time as I do
to get back in touch with themselves
After all, it only takes a little of our time
and we can spend that any way we choose.
-dennis j hopkins

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Just For Today

Depending on our Higher Power 

As recovering addicts, we find that we are still dependent, but our dependence has shifted from the things around us to a loving God and the inner strength we get in our relationship with Him."    Basic Text pp.67-68

For many addicts, rebelliousness is second nature. We didn't want to depend on anyone or anything, and especially not on God. The beauty of using, we thought, was that it gave us the power to be and feel anything we wanted, all by ourselves. But the price we paid for this illusory freedom was a dependence beyond our worst nightmares. Rather than freeing us, using enslaved us.

When we came to Narcotics Anonymous, we learned that dependence on God didn't have to mean what we may have thought it meant. Yes, if we wanted to be restored to sanity, we would need to tap "a Power greater than ourselves". However, we could choose our own concept of this Higher Power-we could even make one up. Dependence on a Higher Power would not limit us, we discovered; it would free us.

The Power we find in recovery is the power we lacked on our own. It is the love we were afraid to depend on others for. It is the sense of personal direction we never had, the guidance we couldn't humble ourselves to ask for or trust others to give. It is all these things, and it is our own. Today, we are grateful to have a Higher Power to depend on.  

Just for today: I will depend on the love and inner strength I draw from the God of my own understanding.
Just For Today Daily Meditation is the property of Narcotics Anonymous 1991 by World Service Office Inc.

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1.) God give me patience--now!

2.) Work the program, not the problem.

3.) Don't worry, if you don't get the program right away, it will get you.

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Dear God...

May I be pregnant with the expression of a new being;
Someone more magnificent than I have ever been; More powerful than I have ever been;
Healthier than I have ever been;
More alive than I have ever been;
More at cause than I have ever been;
More tender than I have ever been;
More compassionate and merciful than I have ever been;
More full of love than I have ever been;
More tolerant, less judgmental than I have ever been;
More at one with myself and all others;
More close to You, dear Lord, than I have ever been.

-Marianne Williamson

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We perceive that only through utter defeat are we able to take our first steps toward liberation and strength.  Our admissions of personal powerlessness finally turn out to be firm bedrock upon which happy and purposeful lives may be built.
p.  21

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Dr. Steve Frisch, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in
Chicago, Illinois and Northfield, Illinois.

You can contact Dr. Frisch, Psy.D. at drfrisch@aliveandwellnews.com  or at
(847) 604-3290.

Recover from chemical dependency as well as  its toxic impact on family members. Raise your children to choose to be alcohol and other drugs free. Learn how to in Dr. Frisch’s, Psy.D. Recovery book series.

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