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- December 15, 2013 at 12:04 am #4192049
Highway to freedom
“One of the greatest pleasures in life is doing what people say you can’t do. Anonymous
We had been caught up for so long in turmoil and confusion that we saw no alternatives to any other way of life. We despaired of ever understanding ourselves or of being understood by others. But the program offered us a highway to freedom.
Now our perspective has changed. Having examined and admitted our shortcomings and defects, we went about the business of making amends to those we had harmed. This done, we were able to reorganize our lives into a new healthy and oprimistic pattern. We excised the skeletons in our closet with the Eigth and Ninth Steps. We learned the power of prayer, and practiced—to the best of our ability—a form of meditation that allowed us to maintain a reasonable balance in our lives. We learned that by releasing self-will and accepting the concept of a power greater than ourselves, our lives were proceeding in a much hmore satisfactory manner than ever before.
As we look back on our journey to the Twelfth Step, we realize we have been through a spiritual awakening. We have stepped out of a bad dream into a safe and sane world.
Today’s Step: My spiritual awakening is the result of working the previous steps.
Step by Step. Muriel ZinkDecember 16, 2013 at 10:03 pm #4192050
“Your goals don’t start in your brain, they start in your heart.” Anonymous.
Spirituality is all-encompassing. It’s as much the ability to accept love as it is the capacity for loving. It’s the sensation of having connected with another person on a meaningful level. It’s the willingness to share of ourselves when we feel that someone else will benefit from that sharing. It’s giving and forgetting the gift. It’s being true because we’ve earned the trust of others.
Spirituality is a lack of self-pity—the willingnss to release self-will. It’s accepting who we are, knowing that we’re becoming whom we hope to be. It’s doing our very best and leaving the results in the ahnds of a power greater than ourselves. It’s meeting challenges and not fearing failure.
The more we think about the deeper meaning of our path as we arrive at Step Twelve, the more we realize that we’ve just skimmed the surface of the meaning of spirituality in our lives. Perhaps it means that all the power in the universe is working to maintain health and balance in our lives; that we can now accept the past and not dwell in the future, and that we’ve developed the ability to keep ourselves in the heree and now.
Today’s Step: I am able to practice the spiritual principles I have learned in all my affairs.
Step by Step. Muriel ZinkDecember 17, 2013 at 6:32 pm #4192051
“Life is not a cup to be drained, but a measure to be filled.” anonymous
In The Game of Tennis, author Timothy Galway offers a comforting analogy to help us through the feeling that our spiritual awakening isn’t as deep or profound as we would have hoped—now that we’ve reached the Twelfth Step.
When we plant a rose seed in the earth, we notice that it is small, but we don’t criticize if as rootless and stemless. We treat is as a seed, giving it the water and nourishment it requires. When it first shoots up out of the earth, we don’t condemn it as immature and underdeveloped; nor do we criticize the buds for not being open. We stand in wonder at the process taking place and give the plant the care it needs at each stage of its development. The rose is a rose from the time it is a seed until it dies. Within it, at all times, it contains its whole potential. It seems to be constantly in the process of change; yet at each stage, at each moment, it is perfectly all right as it is.
So it is with us. We’re perfectly all right as we are. As we grow, we’re deepening our sense of spirituality and our capacity to share with those in earlier stages. This helps our continuing search for even greater commitment and stability.
Today’s Step: I rejoice in my spiritual growth from the earliest seeds of my recovery.
Step by Step. Muriel Zink
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