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Release Date: 02/13/2019

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Step 11 reads: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for the knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

Prayer and meditation are keys to emotional and physical wellness. While being different in the object of focus, these two practices nevertheless both are spiritual exercises. Prayer and meditation can also get us in touch with our own feelings.

Prayer and meditation are whatsoever you allow them to be, but it should quiet the mind and restore the spirit. For some people, meditation might be gardening, a long hike, or painting.

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What comes first to mind when you hear the expression “Prayer and Mediation?”

How difficult is it for you
to ask for help from a recovering friend?
How difficult is it for you to trust?

How difficult for you is it to reach out to something spiritual and ask for help?

What is prayer to you?
How do you pray?
How long do you pray?

 


Why do you pray?
Why should the new person pray?

Meditation is the practice of watching one's thoughts, reactions, and emotions from a slight distance, enough to observe them with more clarity.
What is meditation to you?
How do you meditate?
What small steps have helped you in the process of using prayer and mediation?

Do you pray in the morning
Do you pray at night?
Do you pray in a specific place?
What do you pray about?

What is answered prayer to you?
Have you ever had a prayer answered?

For me, strong feelings can come up when I pray.
After I came came through the fog of early recovery, feelings begin to surface, feeling like anxiety and . Prayer can help me sort through some of these feelings.

What do you when your prayer is dry and hollow?

How is prayer and meditation important to your recovery?

When we retire at night, we constructively review our day. Were we resentful, selfish, dishonest or afraid? Do we owe an apology? Have we kept something to ourselves which should be discussed with another person at once? Were we kind and loving toward all? What could we have done better? Were we thinking of ourselves most of the time? Or were we thinking of what we could do for others, of what we could pack into the stream of life? But we must be careful not to drift into worry, remorse or morbid reflection, for that would diminish our usefulness to others. After making our review we ask God's forgiveness and inquire what corrective measures should be taken.

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.
Thoughts?

What would you say to the new guy?

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