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"HOLD YOUR FACE TO THE LIGHT"

November 23 – Daily Reflections

Believe more deeply. Hold your face up to the Light, even though for the moment you do not see.  AS BILL SEES IT, p. 3

ONLY TWO SINS

November 22 – Daily Reflections

. . . there are only two sins; the first is to interfere with the growth of another human being, and the second is to interfere with one's own growth. ALCOHOLIC ANONYMOUS, p. 542

A CLASSIC PRAYER

November 21 – Daily Reflections

"THY WILL, NOT MINE"

November 20 – Daily Reflections

. . . when making specific requests, it will be well to add to each one of them this qualification. ". . . if it be Thy will"  TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 102

"I WAS SLIPPING FAST"

November 19 – Daily Reflections

We A.A.'s  are  active  folk,  enjoying  the  satisfactions  of dealing with the realities of life, . . . So it isn't surprising that we often tend to slight serious meditation and prayer as something not really necessary.  TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 96

A SAFETY NET

November 18 – Daily Reflections

Occasionally.  .  .  .  We are  seized  with  a  rebellion  so sickening that we simply won't pray. When these things happen we should not think too ill of ourselves. We should simply resume prayer as soon as we can, doing what we know to be good for us.   TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 105

OVERCOMING LONELINESS

November 17 – Daily Reflections

Almost without exception, alcoholics are tortured by loneliness Even before our drinking got bad and people began to cut us off, nearly all of us suffered the feeling that we didn't quite belong.  AS BILL SEES IT, p. 90

A DAILY REPRIEVE

November 16 – Daily Reflections

What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition.   ALCOHOLIC ANONYMOUS, p. 85

VITAL SUSTENANCE

November 15 – Daily Reflections

Those of us who have come to make regular use of prayer would no more do without it than we would refuse air, food, or sunshine. And for the same reason. When we refuse air, light, or food, the body suffers. And when we turn away from meditation and prayer, we likewise deprive our minds, our emotions, and our intuitions of vitally needed support.   TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 97

INTUITION AND INSPIRATION

November 14 – Daily Reflections

. . we ask God for inspiration, an intuitive thought >r a decision. We relax and take it easy. We don't struggle.  ALCOHOLIC ANONYMOUS, p. 86

LOOKING OUTWARD

November 13 – Daily Reflections

We ask  especially  for  freedom  from  self-will,  and  are careful to make no requests for ourselves only. Wemay ask for ourselves, however, if others will be helped We are careful never to pray for our own selfish ends.  ALCOHOLIC ANONYMOUS, p. 87

MORNING THOUGHTS

November 12 – Daily Reflections

Ask Him in your morning meditation what you can do each day for the man who is still sick. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 164

SELF-ACCEPTANCE

November 11 – Daily Reflections

We know that God lovingly watches over us. We know that when we turn to Him, all will be well with us, here and hereafter. TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 105

A SENSE OF BELONGING

November 10 – Daily Reflections

Perhaps one of the greatest rewards of meditation and prayer is the sense of belonging that comes to us. TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 105

STEPPING INTO THE SUNLIGHT

November 9 – Daily Reflections

But first of all we shall want sunlight; nothing much can grow in the dark. Meditation is our step out into the sun.  AS BILL SEES IT, p. 10

AN INDIVIDUAL ADVENTURE

November 8 – Daily Reflections

Meditation is something which can always be further developed. It has no boundaries, either of width or height. Aided by such instruction and example as we can find, it is essentially an individual adventure, something which each one of us works out in his own way.  TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 101

LET GO AND LET GOD

November 7 – Daily Reflections

. . . praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 96

GOING WITH THE FLOW

November 6 – Daily Reflections

Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him. . . . TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 96

"THE QUALITY OF FAITH"

November 5 – Daily Reflections

This . . . has to do with the quality of faith. . . . In no deep or meaningful sense had we ever taken stock of ourselves. . . . We had not even prayed rightly. We had always said, "Grant me my wishes" instead of "Thy will be done."  TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 32

A DAILY DISCIPLINE

November 4 – Daily Reflections

. . . when they [self-examination,  meditation and prayer] are logically related and interwoven, the result is an unshakable foundation for life.  TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 98

FOCUSING AND LISTENING

November 3 – Daily Reflections

There is a direct linkage among self-examination, meditation, and prayer. Taken separately, these practices can bring much relief and benefit. TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 98

KEEPING OPTIMISM AFLOAT

November 2 – Daily Reflections

The other Steps can keep most of us sober and somehow functioning. But Step Eleven can keep us growing . . .   THE LANGUAGE OF THE HEART, p. 240

I CANNOT CHANGE THE WIND

November 1 – Daily Reflections

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. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 85

AVOIDING CONTROVERSY

Daily Reflections - OCTOBER 31

All history affords us the spectacle of striving nations and groups finally torn asunder because they were designed for, or tempted into, controversy. Others fell apart because of sheer self-righteousness  while trying to enforce upon the rest of mankind some millennium of their own specification.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 176

LIVE AND LET LIVE

Daily Reflections - OCTOBER 30

Never  since  it  began  has  Alcoholics  Anonymous  been divided by a major controversial issue. Nor has our Fellowship ever publicly taken sides on any question in an embattled world. This, however, has been no earned virtue. It could almost be said that we were born with it. . . . "So long as we don't argue these matters privately, it's a cinch we never shall publicly."   TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 176

OUR SURVIVAL

Daily Reflections - OCTOBER 29

Since recovery from alcoholism is life itself to us, it is imperative that we preserve in full strength our means of survival.  TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 177

AN UNBROKEN TRADITION

Daily Reflections - OCTOBER 28

We conceive the survival and spread of Alcoholics Anonymous to be something of far greater importance than the weight we could collectively throw back of any other cause.   TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 177

GLOBAL SHARING

Daily Reflections - OCTOBER 27

The only thing that matters is that he is an alcoholic who has found a key to sobriety. These legacies of suffering and of recovery are easily passed among alcoholics, one to the other. This  is our gift from God,  and its bestowal  upon others like us is the one aim that today animates A. A. 's all around the globe.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 151

ONE ULTIMATE AUTHORITY

Daily Reflections - OCTOBER 26

For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority— a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience.  TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 132

A.A.'s HEARTBEAT

Daily Reflections - OCTOBER 25

Without unity, the heart of A.A. would cease to beat; . . .  AS BILL SEES IT, p. 125

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