"It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels. We are headed for trouble if we do, for alcohol is a subtle foe. We are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition. Every day is a day when we must carry the vision of God’s will into all of our activities. ”How can I best serve Thee—Thy will (not mine) be done.“ These are thoughts which must go with us constantly. We can exercise our will power along this line all we wish. It is the proper use of the will.
Much has already been said about receiving strength, inspiration, and direction from Him who has all knowledge and power. If we have carefully followed directions, we have begun to sense the flow of His Spirit into us. To some extent we have become God-conscious. We have begun to develop this vital sixth sense. But we must go further and that means more action.
Step eleven suggests prayer and meditation. We shouldn’t be shy on this matter of prayer. Better men than we are using it constantly. It works, if we have the proper attitude and work at it. It would be easy to be vague about this matter. Yet, we believe we can make some definite and valuable suggestions."
- Alcoholics Anonymous
In early sobriety I was told that everyone who relapsed were not doing three things: praying, talking to a sponsor and going to meetings. I knew nothing about prayer or meditation so I turned to Pages 86 and 87 of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous where I found a morning and evening prayer and meditation outline that worked for the first 100 members who collaborated on the book.
After my first week of reading the meditations every morning and every evening from the book I found there were a number of clear cut actions and questions that I was being asked to consider. I started making marks in my book so as to remember to stop and do the actions and ask myself the questions. This grew into a sheet that I printed off and then one day when running late I took the sheet into the shower because I didn't want to skip the morning meditation. This turned into the idea of laminating the sheets. I now have the opportunity to print, laminate and pass out over 2000 of each of these sheets to others (in and out of recovery) each year.
This website is just another step in the process of being able to share with others the immense gift I have found in a daily prayer and meditation practice. I hope you are able to make use of this as much as I have.
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Thank you for the opportunity to be of service.
“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.”
― Søren Kierkegaard