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The Daily Discipline

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“The daily discipline

of prayer and meditation

will keep me in fit

spiritual condition,

able to face whatever

the day brings –

without the thought of a drink.”

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Daily Reflections,  p. 317

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What a wonderful way to begin the day,

instead of  waking up under that cloud of alcoholic smog

and worrying about when and where

I would get my next drink,

I now awaken to a routine that puts me

in closer contact to my Higher Power,

a daily discipline that brings sunshine into my life.

Today, be happy, joyous and free,

pray for guidance from the God of your understanding

and meditate, listen for His advice,

which is always to do the next right thing.

Recovery is one day at a time.

Sobriety is a blessing from our Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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And, if no one has told you yet today,

God loves you and so do we.

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The Practice Of Prayer

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“As the practice

of prayer continues,

I will find I don’t

need words,

for God can, and does,

hear my thoughts

through silence.”

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Daily Reflections, p.322

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Every thought is a prayer.

Silence is God’s opportunity to talk.

One of the benefits of sobriety

and of working the Twelve Steps of A. A.

is a discipline that allows one to practice

those things that improve one’s life.

Today, know that there is no right way to pray

and it is only by practice that you may discover

a way of praying that will be just right for you.

Recovery is one day at a time.

Sobriety is a blessing from our Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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And, if no one has told you yet today,

God loves you and so do we.

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An Individual Adventure

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“Meditation is something

which can always

be further developed.

It is essentially

an individual adventure,

something which each

one of us works out

in his own way.”

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Twelve and Twelve,  p. 101

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All of recovery is an individual adventure.

We can identify but we are careful never to compare

our recovery, our prayers, our meditation or our lives

to others in the fellowship.

We listen to the stories of many

and then we take what we need for todays recovery

and leave the rest at the meeting knowing that tomorrow,

God willing, we will be at another meeting,

read some A. A. literature, talk with another alcoholic

and begin the adventure all over again.

When I stop growing you can feed me to the fishes.

Recovery is one day at a time.

Sobriety is a blessing from our Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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And, if no one has told you yet today,

God loves you and so do we.

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His Own Conclusion

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“And be careful

not to brand him

as an alcoholic.

Let him draw

his own conclusion.”

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Big Book,  p. 92

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You can tell an alcoholic,

but you can’t tell him much.

No one wants to admit to being an alcoholic

and it may take some time

and a few hints or suggestions before

an individual may be willing to admit

that he is an alcoholic.

Don’t push , even though it may be apparent

that your new friend may have a problem,

tell him your story, plant the seed,

and pray.

Some will die so that others may live.

Recovery is one day at a time.

Sobriety is a blessing from our Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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And, if no one has told you yet today,

God loves you and so do we.

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The Attempt to Improve

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“In a consistent

attempt to improve

my conscious contact

with a Higher Power,

I am subtly reminded of

my unhealthy past,

with its patterns of

grandiose thinking and false feelings of omnipotence.”

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Daily Reflections,  p. 327

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“We will not regret the past

nor wish to shut the door on it,”

I have a disease that constantly wants to tell me

that I am cured, that I no longer have the obsession

and compulsion to drink,

that maybe I could do it right this time around.

This is why we go to meetings, to be reminded that

it does not get any better,

that the disease is cunning, baffling and powerful.

Today, leave your ego at the meeting door

and make the attempt to improve a conscious contact

with your Higher Power.

Recovery is one day at a time.

Sobriety is a blessing from our Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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And, if no one has told you yet today,

God loves you and so do we.

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They Only Thought

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“They took inventory

all right, but hung on

to some of the worst

items in stock.

They only thought

they had lost their

egoism and fear;

they only thought they had humbled themselves.”

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Big Book,   p. 73

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Thinking is the bane of the active alcoholic

and it is also the possible destroyer of the drunk

who is not totally honest when working the steps of A.A..

When you think that you are humble, you’re not.

One of the better lessons given by many sponsors

is that if it has a name, someone has done it before you

and the guilt and shame will go away

when you continue to work the steps

and when you honestly do your inventory.

Honesty is the first spiritual principal.

Recovery is one day at a time.

Sobriety is a blessing from our Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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And, if no one has told you yet today,

God loves you and so do we.

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Our Own Conception

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“Much to our relief,

we discovered

we did not need to consider

another’s conception of God.

Our own conception,

however inadequate,

was sufficient to make

the approach and to effect

a contact with Him.”

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Big Book,    p.  46

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Every soul that enters the rooms of A.A.

comes in with a different concept of God that ranges from

there is no God to a place where the Pope can do no wrong.

The only concept required to begin a sober life is to

know that there is a God and it is not you.

Be it Bill W.’s burning bush or William James in

The Varieties of Religious Experience,

everyone who stays sober eventually agrees that

they are no longer in control and accepting

life on God’s terms is the easier softer way.

Today, do not be afraid of the concept,

surrender and let God find you.

Recovery is one day at a time.

Sobriety is a blessing from our Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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And, if no one has told you yet today,

God loves you and so do we.

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