Daily Recovery Readings for November 3, 2017:
FOCUSING AND LISTENING
There is a direct linkage among self-examination, meditation, and prayer. Taken
separately, these practices can bring much relief and benefit.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 98
If I do my self-examination first, then surely, I’ll have enough humility to pray and
meditate – because I’ll see and feel my need for them. Some wish to begin and end with
prayer, leaving the self-examination and meditation to take place in between, whereas
others start with meditation, listening for advice from God about their still hidden or
unacknowledged defects. Still others engage in written and verbal work on their defects,
ending with a prayer of praise and thanksgiving. These three–self-examination,
meditation and prayer– form a circle, without a beginning or an end. No matter where, or how, I start, I eventually arrive at my destination: a better life.
Big Book Quote
I have seen hundreds of families set their feet in the path that really goes somewhere; have seen the most impossible domestic situations righted; feuds and bitterness of all sorts wiped out. I have seen men come out of asylums and resume a vital place in the lives of their families and communities. Business and professional men have regained their standing. There is scarcely any form of trouble and misery which has not been overcome among us.
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Bill’s Story, Page 15~
Keep It Simple
Words are the voice of the heart.-–Confucius
What does my heart have to say today? Am I happy ? Or I’m I troubled? We will find this out if we slow down and listen to our words. We can also hear our spirit in the tone of our words.
We are to meditate. Meditation is about slowing down so we can hear what our spirit is trying to tell us. Meditation is listening. Our spirit is but a quiet whisper inside us. To hear we must quiet ourselves.
Slowing down allows us to find our center. As we find our center we find our spirit and our Higher Power. Do I take the time needed to slow myself down? Do I take the time ot listen—to listen to my heart?
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, teach me to slow down. Teach me to hear Your whisper as well as Your yells.
Action for the Day:
Today, I will take a half hour to slow down and listen. I will find a place to relax and listen to my heart and my words.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
Concentrating on your work requires an intense effort today because your thoughts are drifting into the distant future. Uncharacteristically, you’re just as comfortable thinking about tomorrow as you are remembering yesterday. But living only in the realm of potential doesn’t empower your current actions. Fortunately, you receive a blast of cosmic pragmatism from the down-to-earth Taurus Moon that grounds the energy of your 11th House of Long-Term Goals. Imagine the possibilities, but keep your finger on the pulse of the present moment.