The Sunlight Of The Spirit

It can get gloomy and foggy in my town.  When it goes on for weeks like that, people smile less and seem more weary.   When the sun finally does comes out, there is a happiness that washes over people, they relax and laugh again, they soak in the warmth and behold the beauty that the light brings.  Page 66 of the Big Book states that harboring resentments causes us to “shut ourselves off from the sunlight of the Spirit.”  Sunlight is a great metaphor for the peace, joy, relaxation, confidence and appreciation that come from a close connection with my Higher Power.  When I stop relying entirely on my overly analytical brain, when I trust my Higher Power to show me the right thing to do or say at the right time, I stop struggling and spinning my wheels.  I make fewer mistakes and fewer enemies.  I stop burning bridges. I stop my dark imaginings.  That spiritual sunlight is there anytime I am willing to turn toward it.  Even on the coldest day, if I close my eyes and imagine the radiance of a Higher Power shining on me, I actually, physically, feel the warmth.  The more I turn my heart toward this Spirit, the more calmly and intelligently I handle all the challenges that life brings.  The sun is life giving.  The sunlight of the Spirit is peace giving.  I want a life bathed in light, a life lived in grace.

Photo and reflection courtesy of Tom R
Photo and reflection courtesy of Tom R
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11 thoughts on “The Sunlight Of The Spirit

    • Thank you Lord for this day and for all that is in it.
      My times are in your hand.
      My soul rests with you, my Anamchara.

      I believe it was Augustine who said if the only prayer we ever say is “Thank You”; that would be sufficient.
      If it was St. Augustine please advise me.

      I’m Harry, grateful alcoholic and devoted 12th stepper.

      Namaste’

  1. Good to read all of ya and glad ya made it another day Albert. You remind me of another fella whom I visited at the nursing a couple of days ago whos going home in a day or so after falling for no apparent reason and breaking his femur in 2 places. Of course the’re doing tests on him to see why he blacked out but I thought he was gonna die in there so i prayed for him an so did many others. This man is nearly 80 years old and overweight having gone through chemo, raditation and whole bunch of treatments for lung cancer. One of many small miracles and i’m only aware of but a few. These miracles make me wonder in awe of all that he has done.I agree Bonster, if i turn my heart and mind towards God a peace comes over me. May i continue to seek him throughout the day.

  2. I don’t always practice what I preach but, when I’m feeling down and depressed (and not too happy with this cold weather either), I try to think of ways to help others and keep up with my meetings because that’s how I can help newcomers–by showing up. I also try to think of the days during 2004-06 when I was struggling a lot with alcoholism and then the 2 years in and out of treatment before I was able to finally put the plug in the jug. Gratitude! Gratitude! Gratitude! Okay….three is enough…LOL

  3. Fellow Trudgers, thanks for the prayers. I feel much better today. Unity in prayer really works. I always wake up early in the morning, and get myself ready for the day. I then get coffee, turn on my computer, then start my connection with God. As I pray, I read paragraphs from the Bible, BB, This24, and other websites. Looking out my window, I see that the view of my town starts to change. Daylight is coming. Yes, the sun is life giving. The sunlight of my Spirit is ready for another day of challenges and peace. God and the values of the AA program will be with me throughout the day.

  4. our fellowship has shown me how to
    take the “I” out of “illness” and put the “we” into “wellness”
    keep trudging my friends.

  5. Nice energy this morning, gang.
    I have a treasured friend who regularly reminds me that ” Love and Light” is all there is.
    Now those are just three words, but when I witness how they lead their life, their prodigious service and the effect their presence has on others, I see the truth in the statement. As I sense the peace in their life, I feel my potential for the same. What a gift.
    Dealing with some gritty real world issues, many of my own making, and knowing that I have friends with whom I can trudge helps me return from morbid self reflection to present usefulness.
    Blessings upon us all.

  6. Top of the morning family,
    Sister Bonnie, I concur with the bay fog/planet Ord. Some days it would be so thick/condensed, that we could sham out of the morning army runs.

    The sun rises and the day begins. When my eyes open, the world is already clamoring for my time. Ego is awakening as well. I need a plan/direction. My go to first thought is: Top of the morning God, I surrender; I’m available—do whatever You want with my life, and show me what to do. His grace turns my ego to off/stand by status. Now, I have a chance for this day. Now, I have a spiritual battle rhythm for the day with His truth and protection. His promise of protection guards my heart and mind. Now, I have a win win rhythm for the day. Now, I can turn away from worrying and turn to Divine Mercy in faith and peace.

    – A little note I have taped on my dresser mirror. Always cracks a smile to me.
    Dearest God,
    So far I’ve done all right.
    I haven’t gossipped,
    haven’t lost my temper,
    haven’t been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or overindulgent.
    I’m really glad about that.

    But in a few minutes, God,
    I’m going to get out of bed.
    And from then on,
    I’m going to need a lot more help.

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