REFLECTIONS ON CHANGE, SPIRITUALITY, BELIEF, FAITH, PRAYER, AND MORE
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Sunday 1/17/2010 - "HEARD TODAY"
This was one of those days when everywhere I went I heard things said (or sung) that rang beautiful bells deep inside me. They resonated. I heard many of them from a couple of women at my women's Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. One I actually heard the other day in an Al-Anon meeting, but the scrap of paper I wrote it on fell out of my purse at the AA meeting. The song was sung at mass this afternoon. I'm sharing with you what were gems for me.
"Our experiences with others aren't chance. Fellow travelers are carefully selected by the inner self, the spiritual guide who understands our needs in this life."(From "Each Day a New Beginning", January 16 - the topic of today's AA meeting.)
I don't need to suffer anymore.
I have suffered enough.
Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.
It is amazing what I have come to tolerate AND it is amazing what I have come to not tolerate.
I got sick of 'just' surviving.
I thought I wasn't as bad as you when I first arrived in Alcoholics Anonymous because I still had car insurance.
I knew I was getting better when my driver's license, my car insurance card, and my automobile registration all had the same address on them.
Let go or get dragged.
Pain is the touchstone to all spiritual growth. (From our AA literature)
My behavior is no longer contingent on your behavior.
Move a muscle - change a thought. Change a thought - change a feeling and an attitude.
My feelings and needs are as important as your feelings and needs.
Let the 5 Ds guide your path: Detachment, Discretion, Discipline, Discernment, and Decorum
A grateful heart is a happy heart.
No! - is a complete sentence.
Song refrain: "Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life."(Words that speak to the deepest part of me.)
My heart is full of gratitude tonight. I am happy in this moment.
Prayer Girl (Photo credit: Incense Of My Soul by Khan71 @ deviantart.com)
I'm sober in AA since July 5th 1985, and a grateful member of Alanon since November 2004.
I joined the "blogosphere" in September, 2008.
In December 2011 I became a grandmother for the first time and now understand why it's such a big deal. I'm wildly in love again with that little guy.