“A thriving spiritual life creates an environment for physical healing and strength. In the same way, physical well-being infuses our spirit with hope and joy. Living by this program helps make us healthier in all ways. Today, I will remember that I am a whole man, with body and spirit as one. As I turn to the steps, my whole being is healed.”
– Touchstones 7/28
When I am spiritually sick I get physically sick. And when I am not taking care of myself physically I am restless, irritable, and discontent, which is not a stable spiritual place. The solution, as always, is the steps. When I am connected to God through working the steps I make better choices for myself – including taking care of my physical well-being, which is often not discussed much at meetings. When I am spiritually fit I am physically healthier. My body is less stressed, and more resistant of sickness and dis-ease. I am more likely eat right, exercise, go to the dentist, etc. my whole being is healthier. Doing my spiritual work today and taking care of my body. ILML!
“God gives us free will, intelligence, and good senses – it is clearly his intention that we use these gifts. If I’m receptive, God will make his will known to me step-by-step, but I must carry it out.”
– A Day at a Time 7/25
This clearly tells me that this is a program of action. I carry out God’s will by taking actions on a daily basis. Actions that allow me to carry out the principles of the program. When I pray, meditate, do my spiritual texts, go to meetings, help others, etc., I open myself up to the abundance of God’s will. That abundance is clearly showing in my life right now and for that I’m grateful. ILML!
“I was filled with self-pity, anger and resentment. Then I learned that by helping others, with no thought of return, I could overcome this obsession with selfishness, and if I understood humility, I would know peace and serenity.”
– Daily Reflections 7/24
I love how the steps are laid out to where the end result is simply helping others. It’s such a simple program that gives me a solution to all of my problems and changes my perception one day at a time, if I help others and stay humble by doing the work. This change of perception helps me go from selfishness to humility, self-pity to gratitude, angry to serene. Today is for being of service to others. ILML!
“It has been proven that an act of surrender, originating in desperation and defeat, can grow into an ongoing act of faith, and that faith means freedom and victory.”
– Daily Reflections 7/21
Everything that has happened to me that has caused discomfort, defeat, and desperation eventually has led to a growing faith in a higher power through this program. So when I am in discomfort, angry, or worried, I can trust that freedom and victory are around the corner if I use the tools of the program and take spiritual actions on a daily basis. ILML!
“Criticizing may be a helpful first stage in learning, but it is seductive because it holds little risk and we feel safe doing it. In that comfort we forget to go forward to create what we really want. Our negative energy, when we are seduced by it, creates negative results. When we look back upon today, we will admire those choices that risked creating something positive. Today, I will not give my energy to denouncing but to creating what I believe is worthwhile.”
– Touchstones 6/30
A good reminder that my perception, positive thinking can get me everywhere. I have been struggling with negative thoughts lately and negative thoughts get me negative results. Either He is or He isn’t. I choose to believe that He is, so with that being my reality, everything happens exactly how it is supposed to in God’s world. That will be my mantra for the day. ILML!
“The difference between “the boys and the men” is the difference between striving for a self determined objective and for the perfect objective which is of a higher power.”
– Daily Reflections
To me this means that holding onto my self will, selfishness, and ego keeps me separated from a HP, keeps me immature, and stops me from growing into the man I’m supposed to be. From being “entirely ready to have God remove these defects of character”, I get to become a man and take another step towards living abundantly as we are meant to live. ILML!
“I cannot stay sober on yesterday’s meetings or past 12 step calls; I need to put my gratitude into action today. Without action, my gratitude is just a pleasant motion. I need to put it into action by working step 12, by carrying the message and practicing the principles in all my affairs.”
– Daily Reflections 5/25
This is a great reminder that everything that is good in my life, the reason that I am even still here, is from working a program of rigorous action on a daily basis. When I do that and I carry the message, I open the door to living happy, joyous, and free. I am able to be the man that I am meant to be. Without doing the daily work, I quickly fall into “self-will” and cut off my connection to a HP. Carrying the message and practicing the principles in all my affairs is truly showing gratitude. ILML!
“I have learned that I must lay down the “weapons” of self in order to pick up the “tools” of the program. If I sometimes keep on struggling, it is because I’m still hanging onto my old ideas and… the results are nil.”
– Daily Reflections
I always have to remind myself that when I’m struggling in any way that I have to find acceptance and take a look at myself in what I am doing or not doing. I believe my HP is nothing but happiness, joy, and freedom, so when I’m struggling the solution is to get back to the program which connects me to my HP. Good reminder for me today. ILML!
“Forgiveness of self and forgiveness of others are just two currents in the same river, both hinder or shut off completely by the dam of resentment. Once that dam is lifted both currents can flow.”
– Daily Reflections 5/17
This statement is so simple but it’s a good reminder of the damage of resentment. If my life is not “flowing”, my spiritual progress is hindered. Resentment cuts off my connection to a HP. Daily step work, meetings, and helping others is the solution. I’m grateful that I have this program in my life today. ILML!
“All AA progress can be reckoned in terms of just two words: humility and responsibility. Our whole spiritual development can be accurately measured by our degree of adherence to these magnificent standards. To honor these precepts I need only to pray, and care for my fellow man as if each one were my brother.”
– Daily Reflections 4/28
This quote keeps it very simple, which works for me very well. By taking direction, accepting that I don’t have all the answers (keeps me humble), and practicing the principles of the program on a daily basis, I demonstrate to myself that I am responsible. When I do this I am able to help others more effectively and love my life even when things are not going the way I want them to go. I love the simplicity, I have to be humble and responsible, that’s all. I can do that. ILML!