11/12/08 BB Into Action pp 86-87 (Upon awakening)

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11/12/08 BB Into Action pp 86-87 (Upon awakening)

Post by Karl R » Wed Nov 12, 2008 6:58 am

Good Morning,

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Yesterday we looked at step 11 as a meditation and review in the evening.

Today's reading (in red below) looks at "upon awakening" and considering the plans for the day. I've always been a great planner-very goal oriented. I've had to work to get a new dynamic from this type of prayer. Asking my HP to direct my thinking-examining motives, honesty, etc. are pieces of the puzzle for me in allowing my brain to work. Not struggling with issues seems to be important. Sometimes a simple prayer coupled with a willingness to live with the outcome seems to work.

Anyone care to share of their ES and H concerning this "planning" type of meditation and prayer?

have a great day everyone,

On awakening let us think about the twenty-four hours ahead. We consider our plans for the day. Before we begin, we ask God to direct our thinking, especially asking that it be divorced from self-pity, dishonest or self-seeking motives. Under these conditions we can employ our mental faculties with assurance, for after all God gave us brains to use. Our thought-life will be placed on a much higher plane when our thinking is cleared of wrong motives.
In thinking about our day we may face indecision. We may not be able to determine which course to take. Here we ask God for inspiration, an intuitive thought or a decision. We relax and take it easy. We don't struggle. We are often surprised how the right answers come after we have tried this for a while.
What used to be the hunch or the occasional inspiration gradually becomes a working part of the mind. Being still inexperienced and having just made conscious contact with God, it is not probable that we are going to be inspired at all times. We might pay for this presumption in all sorts of absurd actions and ideas. Nevertheless, we find that our thinking will, as time passes, be more and more on the plane of inspiration. We come to rely upon it.
We usually conclude the period of meditation with a prayer that we be shown all through the day what our next step is to be, that we be given whatever we need to take care of such problems. We ask especially for freedom from self-will, and are careful to make no request for ourselves only. We may ask for ourselves, however, if others will be helped. We are careful never to pray for our own selfish ends. Many of us have wasted a lot of time doing that and it doesn't work. You can easily see why.
If circumstances warrant, we ask our wives or friends to join us in morning meditation. If we belong to a religious denomination which requires a definite morning devotion, we attend to that also. If not members of religious bodies, we sometimes select and memorize a few set prayers which emphasize the principles we have been discussing. There are many helpful books also. Suggestions about these may be obtained from one's priest, minister, or rabbi. Be quick to see where religious people are right. Make use of what they offer.

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Post by avaneesh912 » Fri Nov 14, 2008 7:22 am

Waking up at 5.30 everyday and doing the meditation was the greatest thing that happened to me. It gives me time to be in silence when no one is awake. After that, i am more composed, tolerant and caring. As far as planning, I have a typical 8-4 job, so don't sweat too much on planning.

One thing i noticed is that after doing this every day, i no longer have Monday morning blues. I don't sing "just another manic monday" no more, all days are great.
Show him the mental twist which leads to the first drink of a spree. We suggest you do this as we have done it in the chapter on alcoholism.(Alcoholics Anonymous, Page 92)

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Post by ann2 » Sat Nov 15, 2008 1:47 am

When I started a regular schedule of meditation I had no idea what it would do for me. I resisted the idea of following this part of step 11 for 2 decades, why should I start now? But the rewards were palpable. Even though the meditation itself may not have "gone well" (perfectionist thinking always interfering), the day and night that followed my meditation periods were much more peaceful than before.

I did it for a couple of years and due to a growing baby and a different schedule in our new home I have yet to find the freedom to reinstitute planned meditation. But today I know the benefits and I look forward to starting again, when things get more predictable in my house.

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Re: 11/12/08 BB Into Action pp 86-87 (Upon awakening)

Post by leejosepho » Wed May 23, 2012 5:14 am

... consider our plans for the day ... ask God to direct our thinking ... on a much higher plane ...
"... another kind of flight, a spiritual liberation from this world, people who rose above their problems." (page 55)

My old way was to try to "go forth and conquer" within a competitive, dog-eat-dog, rat-race world. I had worked hard at trying to out-think, out-smart and out-maneuver others in order to at least "keep up" even if I never got ahead ... but now all of that has changed in favor of this:

"... a new Employer ... provided what we needed, if we kept close to Him and performed His work well ... interested in seeing what we could contribute to life." (page 63)
"We A.A.s do not *stay* away from drinking [one day at a
time] -- we *grow* away from drinking [one day at a time]."
("Lois Remembers", page 168, quoting Bill, emphasis added)

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Re: 11/12/08 BB Into Action pp 86-87 (Upon awakening)

Post by PaigeB » Thu May 24, 2012 1:06 am

Our thought-life will be placed on a much higher plane when our thinking is cleared of wrong motives.
I am practicing the clearing of wrong motives. It requires that I am aware and in the moment. Progress not perfection.
Be quick to see where religious people are right.
I was surprised by my ability to find a willingness to be willing when it came to this. I just figured what can it hurt? I mean, Alcoholics Anonymous works and I did not want to fight any part of it.
Cling to the thought that, in God's hands, the dark past is the greatest possession you have - the key to life and happiness for others. With it you can avert death and misery for them. page 124 BB

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