Getting Calm Again

24 HAD “When I feel the calm of my spirit has been broken by emotional upset, then I must steal away alone with God, until my heart sings and all is strong and calm again.”

I love this! The challenge for me is to remember to apply this when the unrest and doubt enters. Today I am dedicated to “stealing away alone” with God regardless of unrest to develop my conscious contact! iLmL

-RichieB

These Wonderful Gifts

“Gratitude is a feeling that is created when we become aware of what we are receiving. We may have been receiving it all along, but it is only when we become aware of what we have that we experience a sense of thankfulness.” Attitudes of Gratitude in Love

This reading is so amazing. It perfectly demonstrates that I have a choice every day. Be receptive to all the great stuff in my life and celebrate it by focusing on the gratitude I have for these wonderful gifts, or, focus on everything else. In the first case the result is I get to feel happy. In the second, I get to feel upset.

It’s obvious to me. When I do the work to be receptive to my blessings, ILML!

– JamieQ

I just had to include the original pages from these reading as its so powerful to me. Enjoy!

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My Higher Power, Love

“Our present anxieties and troubles, we cry, are caused by the behavior of other people… if only they’d treat us better… our indignation is justified… We aren’t the guilty ones. They are!” 12&12 p.45-46

One thing I’ve come to realize is guaranteed for me is that, when I start blaming others, I’m unhappy. Does that excuse other’s behavior? Absolutely not. But their behavior is on them. How I handle it is on me. With the help of the program I have the option of pausing, gracing the space, taking a deep breath, inviting in God, saying how I feel in a kind way if appropriate, or if not, detaching from an unhealthy situation.

When I react (as I recently did with a loved one), I pay the price of an emotional hangover, depriving myself (and often them) of the ability to love life and celebrate all there is to be grateful for. I made amends quickly that time, but my goal is to avoid the behavior that necessitates amends.

At the same time I must remember that I’m human and on a spiritual journey – as such, it’s progress not perfection. Anger, resentment and self-pity snuff out all the good things in life. Today I’ll recommit to stay close to my higher power, love, because when I do that, ILML!

– JamieQ

Increasing Happiness

“When we thank the universe for everything we have, our blessings are more abundant”. – Misty Buck

Why is it that this simple exercise is so foundational to increasing happiness? For me, it shift my focus and awareness to the good stuff. And if I keep my magic magnifying mind (thanks Dr. Paul) on gratitude, then those things that create that gratitude continue to multiply. It’s all so very cool, and it really works when I do it. I’m so lucky to have been taught this new way of thinking and living. ILML!

– JamieQ

The Program is My Medication

“A spiritual experience can be the realization that a life which once seemed empty and devoid of meaning is now joyous and full.”
– Daily Reflections 2/9/15

How true and what an amazing spiritual experience this program has giving me. When I just continue to surrender over and over again to a higher power on a daily basis, I am blessed with a continuing spiritual experience. My job is to work the steps, do my daily rituals and just let it go. I get lazy sometimes and I find myself worrying, angry, sick, and anxious. My disease is very strong and this program is my medication. Today I am grateful for a solution to my problem. ILML!

– JasonW

Comfortable Being Me

“Abandon yourself to God… Admit your faults… Clear away the wreckage… Give freely of what you find…” AA p.164

At the end of A Vision for You, our program is summarized in these four simple ideas: plug-in, come clean, amend yourself, help others. Four things. When I do these each day I am more comfortable being me, my behavior is kinder, and I am prouder of the person I am becoming – someone who can honestly say that ILML!

– JamieQ

Struggle or Surrender

“… my thinking becomes distorted by trying to force solutions…” Courage to Change

Problems are opportunities for growth. Sometimes solutions are apparent and I both seek and apply them. But when it’s not that easy, I have two choices: struggle or surrender. I find that simply asking God to handle it works best in those situations. Otherwise my life becomes distorted. By relentlessly seeking a solution I stay focused on the problem and miss out on all the good stuff in my life. Today I’m in the solution and gladly handing over what I can’t solve to my good friend G.O.D. Doing that one problem at a time is exactly how ILML!