Specific Actions

“… a continuing series of spiritual awakenings.” – Drop the Rock

When I’m in that wonderful place of God consciousness, I feel invincible from fear, disappointment and anger. I’m at peace. That spiritual energy is always available to me, but to tap into it I need to take specific actions.

I start on my knees out of bed, thanking the universe for the abundance of gifts laid at my feet. I read from inspirational books, journal my gratitude and send out these texts. Thank you for allowing me to include you in my spiritual journey. ILML!

- James Q.

An Essential Part

“… A ceremonial affirmation, no matter how small, seems to carry an indelible and resonant quality into the heart which the intellect is incapable of carrying. Shaking the hand of a friend is such a ritual. It reaffirms something deep and unsayable in the relationship. A non-rational ritual acknowledges and reaffirms a non-rational, but important, part of the relationship. It is a small but vital thing.” – From A Common Prayer

It is my belief that a power greater than myself, as I DON’T understand it, knows exactly what I am going to say in my prayers before I even think the words. This belief however does not make me exempt from the act of praying. For me, the simple yet profound gesture of prayer is an essential part of connecting to a higher resource and cultivating a deeper and more meaningful relationship with it. iLmL

Richie B

Eradicate Negativity

“… whenever one is free from negativity, one enjoys peace and harmony.” S.N. Goenka, Attitudes of Gratitude in Love

Goenka, a teacher of meditation, stated that this is the law of nature. I believe it. The sense of fullness I feel in life, my insistence on being happy and in gratitude, is conditional upon my ability to spot and eradicate negativity that adversely is affecting me. Like a week in my garden, If I can’t pull it from the ground (roots and all), I can simply choose to see what is beautiful about it. This practice and philosophy is fundamentally why ILML!

- James Q

My Invisible Friend

“When I become willing to act on faith, God helps me create miracles for myself and assist others in creating their own” Hope For Today

It took me 10 years in recovery to finally abandon my intellect and embrace a God of my un-understanding, and thank God I did. Life is so much easier and more comfortable since I resigned from the debating committee. With faith in my invisible spiritual friend, I’ve opened myself up to believing in miracles, and because of that, I’m manifesting them every day. Surrendering and trusting source rocks my world! ILML

- James Q

True Escape

“I had constructed my prison with bars of self-will and self-indulgence, from which I could not escape. True escape required a willingness to follow whatever right actions were needed to turn the lock. With that willingness and action, both the lock and the bars themselves open for me. Continued willingness and action keep me free – in a kind of extended daily probation – that need never end.”
-Daily Reflections

What this tells me is that without a daily reprieve, I quickly fall back to self-will and self-indulgence and I’m again not free. My addiction is always waiting for me, it never goes away and to drink is to die, so a daily plan of action is an absolute must. With willingness and action, one day at a time, I am a free man. ILML!

- Jason W

Natural Desires

“We want to find exactly how, when, and where our natural desires have warped us. We wish to look squarely at the unhappiness this has caused others and ourselves. By discovering what our emotional deformities are, we can move forward toward their correction.”
- Daily Reflections

My “natural desires” caused myself and others a lot of pain and suffering. My best thinking is warped by alcoholism. The only solution for me has been this program. When I am accountable to my sponsor, do daily spiritual work, go to meetings, sponsor others, etc., I am put on a path to correct negative thinking. I can trust myself and others can trust me. I am able to remedy my “emotional deformities” and become the man I am supposed to be. ILML

- Jason W

The Human Experience

“It is plain that a life which includes deep resentment leads only to futility and unhappiness… For when harboring such feelings we shut ourselves off from the sunlight of the Spirit.” AA

It matters not whether the resentment is big or small, anger, frustration or disappointment over anything takes away from my ability to bask in the sunshine of happiness prevents me from celebrating this amazing opportunity to partake in the human experience – being me, James, for one more day. Though this may sound corny, it’s true. I’m so grateful that ILML!

- James Q

A Channel of Love

“… the more we give what we want to receive, the more we increase the chances we’ll get what we want.” Attitudes of Gratitude in Love

Today, I’ll surrender all expectations that others will give me what I want. Instead, I’ll look for opportunities to be patient, tolerant and kind to others, especially those that seem unable to do that for me or themselves. And when I’ll find them, I’ll do what I can to be a channel of love. In this way I’ll invite more joy into my, and everyone else’s, day. ILML!

- James Q

Quiet Mind, Open Heart

“I’ve heard some people condense the activities of spiritual life into these words: quiet the mind; open the heart… I think of anything that quiets the mind as meditation and anything that opens the heart as prayer.” Hope for Today

What a wonderful reading today. Breathing deeply quiets my mind. Pulling weeds quiets my mind. Getting on my knees after waking or before retiring quiets my mind. Smiling and laughing opens my heart. Playing guitar opens my heart. Being of service in recovery opens my heart. Without even realizing it I’ve discovered that I meditate and pray all the time. How awesome! ILML

- James Q

Success and Serenity

“Without a HP I found in the fellowship, my life would be meaningless. I am full of gratitude to be a member of good standing in this Program.”
– Daily Reflections

In early sobriety I would’ve found this statement hard to swallow. But today I know that all of my success and serenity has come from working the program and seeking a connection to a HP. Everything I have comes from this. My connection to a HP through working the steps is the solution to my restlessness, irritability, and discontent. There is no problem too big for the steps. I am grateful to have found the solution. ILML!

- Jason W