I have been “following the rules” this week.
Well, so far so good. It’s Thursday. I’m not putting any special meaning into my work thus far.
I am thankfully acknowledging that Just for today (so far) and yesterday, and two days before that, I followed my “rules” for healthier living, mind, body, and spirit!
Three days of (also did this so far today, day 4!)
- Eating within my eating window.
- Not getting a snack after that eating window.
- Daily Isha Kriya meditation.
- Questioning if I am hungry: physically or emotionally.
- Drinking a glass of water first.
- Using my electrolytes if I feel hungry, waiting and seeing.
- Thankful mantra/rampage.
- Kundalini yoga challenge
It’s been pretty all right.
I have also taken steps to improve my health in ways that I don’t want to mention here. Suffice it to say, I am on day 10. It’s been a struggle but I already feel the benefits.
December 15, 2022
The joy of sharing
“There is a spiritual principle of giving away what we have been given in Narcotics Anonymous in order to keep it. By helping others to stay clean, we enjoy the benefit of the spiritual wealth that we have found.“
Basic Text, p. 49
Time and again in our recovery, others have freely shared with us what was freely shared with them. Perhaps we were the recipients of a Twelfth Step call. Maybe someone picked us up and took us to our first meeting. It could be that someone bought us dinner when we were new. All of us have been given time, attention, and love by our fellow members. We may have asked someone, “What can I do to repay you?” And the answer we received was probably a suggestion that we do the same for a newer member when we were able.
As we maintain our clean time and recovery, we find ourselves wanting to do for others the things that someone did for us, and happy that we can. If we heard the message while in a hospital or institution, we can join our local H&I subcommittee. Perhaps we can volunteer on the NA help line. Or we can give of our time, attention, and love to a newcomer we are trying to help.
We’ve been given much in our recovery. One of the greatest of these gifts is the privilege of sharing with others what’s been shared with us, with no expectation of reward. It’s a joy to find we have something that can be of use to others, and that joy is multiplied when we share it. Today we can do so, freely and gratefully.
Just for Today: I have been given much in my recovery, and I am deeply grateful for it. I will take joy in being able to share it with others as freely as it was shared with me.
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As a footnote, this might not be a super insightful, deep, or meaningful blog for anyone but me. That’s exactly what it is intended for: my personal journey & progress.