Take Time To Reflect

I can clearly see Steps One, Two, and Three in the Serenity Prayer. Step One calls for acceptance of my condition, and my powerlessness to do anything about it. Step Two asks that I change my “source” of power, from myself to this Power greater than my disease. Step Three is what made the difference for me, recovery is more than abstinence, it’s a new way of living. It’s a spiritual program designed for those of us who are addicted to alcohol. I was unused to meditating and had to work at it. But I have had good experiences with it – it’s like a warm embrace from God, I feel so peaceful afterwards. I try to focus on any problems I may be encountering, and try to “feel” the right path I am seeking, with regard to the problem. I ask God for guidance, that I might then be of service to the God of my understanding. I sit quietly, and work to remain thankful for all the blessings God has granted me. I do deep breathing exercises and concentrate on the in and out of the air in my body. This helps me keep on track, and open to God’s gentle nudges.

Praying hands
Praying hands

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9 thoughts on “Take Time To Reflect

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

    Hafiz is a Persian poet of a couple of centuries ago who is renowned worldwide and well known in poetic circles as a supreme master of the craft.
    I have decided to follow him for one year, one day at a time in reading a daily selection of his works with the faith or expectation of bringing spiritual progress for this tender self.

    JANUARY 31

    ONCE A YOUNG WOMAN SAID TO ME

    Once a young woman said to me, “Hafiz, what is the sign of someone who knows God?”
    I became very quiet, and looked deep into her eyes, then replied, “My dear, they have dropped the knife. Someone who knows God has dropped the cruel knife that most so often use upon their tender self and others.” — Hafiz.

    A Year with Hafiz:
    Daily Contemplations

    One notices that the title is Daily Contemplations.
    One of my spiritual mentors once commented that I might be on the way to being a contemplative. Almost 20 years ago and it has stuck with me along with some joy.

    What is the knife?
    What is the “tender self”?

    The knife is doubt.

    The “tender self” is the divine abiding presence.

    We may cast doubt on our own selves.
    God forbid that we do.
    God forbid that we Eachcast doubt unto others.
    May we celebrate with Thanksgiving our tender self.

    I’m Harry, grateful alcoholic and devoted twelve stepper.

  2. …we are entering the deep end of the pool…and the water is lovely!
    If one might perchance think we are adrift from the program, a gentle slow read of the LONG form of the Twelfth Tradition might be relevant.
    Grateful for the Gift

  3. Thank you Bonnie for your share and reminding me of the importance of the 11th step. Meditation and deep breathing. It calms this crazy “hamster wheel”mind. Harry thanks for introducing me to Hafiz. I like to try and read short quotes during the day. It helps me keep things in the right perspective. I keep the links on my phone. Tom thanks for pointing out the 12 tradition. ,We are sure that humility expressed by anonymity is the greatest safeguard that Alcoholics Anonymous can ever have”. Namaste, Tree

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