I recently came across another book that I used daily to get well. It is called Twenty-Four Hours a Day. The intent of this book is as out lined in it’s forward. Twenty-Four Hours a Day is for members of Alcoholics Anonymous, as a help in their program of living one day at a time. It is designed for those who want to start each day with a few minutes of thought, meditation and prayer.
This book was so important to me for a couple reasons. First it was something suggested to me to do, OK, actually I was told to do it. Second it gave me direction and something to think about on a daily basis other than the “poor me” attitude. It kept me
focused, and lastly it helped renew my faith through meditation and prayer.
As previously mentioned in my first blog None of this is my own words. I am not that smart. Everything I have to say has been said to me, shared with me, through the experience, strength and hope of all the people before me.
August 1 – A.A. Thought for the Day
The Alcoholics Anonymous programme has borrowed from medicine, psychiatry and religion. It has taken from these what it wanted and combined them into the programme which it considers best suited to the alcoholic mind and which will best help the alcoholic to recover. The results have been very satisfactory. We do not try to improve on the A.A. Programme. Its value has been proved by the success it has had in helping thousands of alcoholics to recover. It has everything we alcoholics need to arrest our illness. Do I try to follow the A.A. Programme just as it is?
What come to mind here for me is simply, “If you want what I have, do what I did.” I did follow the AA Programme just as it was. I joined a group, got a sponsor, made coffee, went to meetings, followed the programme of recovery as outlined in the “Big book” (book of Alcoholics Anonymous),and went through the 12 Steps of the programme with a sponsor and did I mention, Went to MEETINGS!
Meditation for the Day
You should strive for a union between your purposes in life and the purposes of the Divine Principle directing the universe. There is no bond of union on earth to compare with the union between human soul and God. Priceless beyond all earth’s rewards is that union. In merging your heart and mind with the heart and mind of a Higher Power, a oneness of purpose results, which only those who experience it can even dimly realize. That oneness of purpose puts you in harmony with God and with all others who are trying to do His will.
Meditation came slowly. I had trouble sitting still in the beginning. I could not turn off my mind. It was people all talking at the same time, like having people living in apartments screaming and hollering at one another and was all in my head. As I got ‘weller’ in the programme, I was able to mediate. I found that oneness of purpose, the purpose was that I was a part of something bigger than me and for me it was that my purpose was to stay sober and help other alcoholics. But then it became more as time went on and my purpose was to still stay sober and help other alcoholics but also become useful to all while staying in harmony with God and the others trying to do his will.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may become attuned to the will of God. I pray that I may be in harmony with the music of the spheres.
Then finally the prayer. I honesty was not a prayer….although I did pray but my prayers were usually to say, “Help” or “If you get me out of this , I promise I won’t do it again.” I prayed for things, not others. For this particular prayer, I get the part about becoming attuned to the will of God. That is because I learned what God’s will was for me. I was taught the meaning of his will, it didn’t just come to me. Not sure to this day what the second part means. But there is a saying in AA, fake it til you make it.