Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Power of Now

AA Recovery Web site A Slogan A Day From Turning Leaf Press Shelly Marshall Archives: "The Power of Now

My history has no power over me. It has value, but no power. My future has no power over me. It has value but no power. The only power of any importance in my life is the power of NOW. For now, I make the choices that define the value of what the past has taught me (or not) and the power to shape what will come to be. BE HERE NOW where the power is."

How do you practice Tolerance?

Day Twenty-seven/8:00 PM
Each person you meet is in a specific stage of their life, a stage you may have passed through or not yet reached. Judging them by your standards and experience is therefore not only unfair, but could lead to unnecessary anger and frustration. (P 135, Alkiespeak)
I practice tolerance by putting up with
Those I’d like to put down.
Excerpt from the Pocket Sponsor, By The
Hazelden author of ' Day By Day' & other Meditation Books

Daily Meditation Books

Hey, they have my first book listed...along with a lot of other really terrific books of daily meditations and recovery wisdom...I am honored.

Daily Meditation Books: "Day by Day

This updated best-selling meditation book uses concrete, current language to affirm the importance of maintain abstinence through changes in behavior. Daily meditations speak to a broad range of recovering people--suggesting actions and encouraging you to write down goals--ensuring a daily commitment to spiritual growth."

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Helpful Tools of Recovery - Recovery Crossroads - Alcoholism and Addiction Recovery Community

Here's a slick site that has a collection of sayings, one liners, as well as some pithy comments about what hey mean to recovery! check it out!

Helpful Tools of Recovery - Recovery Crossroads - Alcoholism and Addiction Recovery Community: "Some helpful suggestions - basic tools - to help you stay sober:
90 in 90. People who 'keep coming back' have a much better chance of recovering. We recommend 90 meetings in 90 days; try out lots of different meetings and fellowships.

'A drug is only an arm's-length away.' Slipping is really easy: a moment's inattention; wrong time, wrong place.

'A slip is the end of a process.' (Also: 'On the road to a slip, the first step is to get rid of your sponsor'; 'A slip occurs before you pick up.')

Abstinence. We can't get high if we don't pick up that first drug or drink. We've learned that using other drugs-- alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, poppers--can lead us back to crystal meth ('tina') or into other addictions. We believe in total abstinence: Using alcohol or drugs invariably triggers our addiction.

Acceptance. '...Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change...' We can't fix everything--certainly not our addiction; we just had to calm down and accept that. And remind ourselves with the Serenity Prayer as needed.

Act as if. Also: 'Fake it till you make it.' Life is totally different when we're first getting sober-full of crazy feelings and fears, excitement and gratitude. When we don't know what to do in a certa"

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Just Do it!

In the book "Meeting Wisdom" they have a saying I like, "Take a no BS approach to working this program." I like that. I believe in telling it like it is and doing the work--not spouting psycho babble and using therapy as a substitute for practicing principles. Many people think that the 12 steps are the work. But as Don P. from Colorado says, it's not.

The 12 steps are the preparation for doing the work. The real work is in reaching out to the still suffering alcoholic and addict. Service work is the foundation of our recovery. CDA's basic text says, "Chemcially Dependant Anonymous is founded on the principle that our common experience, of both the dependence and recovery, provides us with unique opportunities to help others like us, and in the act of helping, we ourselves stay clean and sober and growing. Therefore carrying the message is vital."

So working with others is our real work, something that we train ourselves to do by working the 12 steps.

Check out Shelly's Web site at

David Zinke's Blog — Gaia Community

this guy has a lot of great quotes from recovery and he keeps putting themup there!

David Zinke's Blog — Gaia Community: "Quote for the day:

'The same heart beats in every human breast.'

__Mathew Arnold."