AA ‘Big Book’ – Quote
To be doomed to an alcoholic death or to live on a spiritual basis are not always easy alternatives to face. – Pg. 44 – We Agnostics
Hour To Hour – Book – Quote
You will probably misjudge and misunderstand many people and their motives for a time. The muddled thinking of early recovery has a way of making us take things the wrong way. Remember your vulnerability and that withdrawal distorts thinking. Don’t be hard on yourself or those around you. Do nothing permanent for eight months to a year. This way your regrets will be minimized.
God, as I understand You, hold my tongue from uttering words and restrain my steps from moving in directions that I may one day regret.
Recall a Pleasant Moment: Soothe the Heart and You Soothe the Self
You can calm and nourish your heart by regularly meditating or praying. These activities produce the ‘relaxation response’ – a physiological state that is exactly the opposite of stress, a state that reduces blood pressure and increases blood flow to the heart. Many forms of meditation and prayer organically incorporate feelings of love, appreciation and forgiveness. Some traditional Buddhist practice use ‘loving-kindness meditation,’ during which they focus their attention on the heart and generate feelings of loving kindness for others and themselves. Not only does this create the feelings in your mind, but it creates them in the body as well. A form of such ‘intentional heart focus’ has been found by the HeartMath researchers to create greater coherence in the heart in as little as one minute. To experience the benefits of this ‘intentional heart focus,’ try the following next time you’re feeling stressed: Take a break and mentally disengage from the situation. Bring your attention to the area of your heart. Recall an experience with a loved one in which you felt happiness, love or appreciation or just meditate for a moment on those kinds of thoughts and feelings.
Re-experience these feelings while keeping your attention on your heart. Let your breathing be relaxed and regular.
– Tian Dayton PhD
Pocket Sponsor – Book – Quote
‘When one is a stranger to oneself then one is estranged from others too. If one is out of touch with oneself, then one cannot touch others.’ ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gifts From the Sea 1955
I cannot touch others if I am not in touch with myself. I keep in touch with myself through Step Ten.
“Walk Softly and Carry a Big Book” – Book
The best things in life aren’t things.
Time for Joy – Book – Quote
When I place myself in the hands and heart of my Higher Power today, I know that I will get my needs met. Only then do I trust that I will come from good and love, keeping the good of others in my mind and my heart.
Alkiespeak – Book – Quote
Say what you mean, but don’t say it mean. – Anon.