Friday, April 17, 2009

Saturday, 4/18/09 - "POSITIVE POSSIBILITIES"

(Positively joyful!)


I attended my Friday Al-Anon 11th Step Meditation meeting today. Following are a few excerpts from the reading we meditated on from, "Having Had a Spiritual Awakening", p. 50.

"I am not a body with a spirit, I am a spirit living in a body."

"...sees the deeper reality of my spiritual progress -
a desire to express compassion and love in daily life."

"How has my Al-Anon experience with the God
of my understanding
helped me express
love and caring in other areas of my life?"

This was such a spiritual meeting. What I took away from it was a tremendous sense of the POSITIVE POSSIBILITIES that life offers. The degree to which I practice spiritual principles determines how positive my life will be.

These are some of the spiritual actions I try to practice regularly to help create "Positive Possibilities":

  • Using affirmations
  • Acknowledging problems and focusing on solutions
  • Using the power of prayer
  • Providing positive words of encouragement to myself and others
  • Recognizing God in all things
  • Bringing God into every interaction with others
  • Asking God and allowing Him to express Himself in what I think, say, and do
  • Giving the glory and honor to God
  • Being sensitive to knowing when a newcomer is in the room when they have not identified themselves
  • Reaching out to the newcomer
  • Encouraging the newcomer and the old timer in trouble
  • Living the 12 steps
  • Having compassion for struggling alcoholics and Al-Anoners
  • Having compassion for those who have succumbed to the disease of alcoholism
  • Being grateful

Prayer Girl

(Photo credit: joyful by beefishlove)


Mama Zen said...

"I am not a body with a spirit, I am a spirit living in a body."

That just really went to my core. Isn't it odd how so often you get just what you need when you need it?

Steve E. said...

This spirit living in a I have one, too? (Or is it just for Alkie/Alanons?)

Just Be Real said...

Amen PG. I like your post! Recognizing God in all things, that is so very important and that you are a spirit living in a body! Amen to that. Certainly looks like you did take a lot way from you meeting yesterday! Thank you so much for sharing!! Blessings!

Shadow said...

hey, happy saturday!

Dr.John said...

Wow! A Saturday sermon and I loved it.