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JULY 23,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 23,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY

SACRIFICE UNITY SURVIVAL
The unity, the effectiveness, and even the survival of A.A. will always depend upon our continued willingness to give up some of our personal ambitions and desires for the common safety and welfare. Just as sacrifice means survival for the individual alcoholic, so does sacrifice mean unity and survival for the group and for A.A.’s entire Fellowship.
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 220
I have learned that I must sacrifice some of my personality traits for the good of A.A. and, as a result, I have been rewarded with many gifts. False pride can be inflated through prestige but, by living Tradition Six, I receive the gift of humility instead. Cooperation without affiliation is often deceiving. If I remain unrelated to outside interests, I am free to keep A.A. autonomous. Then the Fellowship will be here, healthy and strong for generations to come. 
Copyright 1990 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
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VERNON HOWARD
 
We never get upset over what happens. Never. 
We get upset because of preconceived ideas 
as to what we think should happen, 
what we want to happen. 
When our preference clashes with the reality, 
we get hurt. Rid yourself of all preconceived 
ideas as to what should happen. 
You are then at peace whatever happens.
Vernon Howard
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DAILY REFLECTIONS JULY 23
I ASK GOD TO DECIDE
“I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows.”
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 76
Having admitted my powerlessness and made a decision to turn my will and my life over to the care of God, as I understand Him, I don’t decide which defects get removed, or the order in which defects get removed, or the time frame in which they get removed. I ask God to decide which defects stand in the way of my usefulness to Him and to others, and then I humbly ask Him to remove them.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics 
Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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There is a Power around you that knows and that understands all things. This Power works like the soil; it receives the seed of your thought and at once begins to operate upon it. It will receive whatever you give to it and will create for you and throw back at you whatever you think into it.
Ernest Holmes
 
At 4 years old I burned down our 
house and my dad got fired, 
he was the attorney general 
that state, actually, I burned 
several more houses at the time. 
Anonymous 
 
He stood in the Presence of Infinite Power and Love.
INTO ACTION chapter   … love.   BB Into Action, p.83  


 
These spiritual window-shoppers, 
who idly ask, ‘How much is that?’ Oh, I’m just looking.
They handle a hundred items and put them down, 
shadows with no capital.
 
 What is spent is love and two eyes wet with weeping. 
But these walk into a shop, 
and their whole lives pass suddenly in that moment, 
in that shop.
 
 Where did you go? “Nowhere.” 
What did you have to eat? “Nothing much.”
 
 Even if you don’t know what you want, 
buy _something,_ to be part of the exchanging flow.
 
 Start a huge, foolish project, like Noah.
 
 It makes absolutely no difference 
what people think of you.
RUMI
 
 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES  individual commentary on daily
ACIM Workbook Lesson 206 Insights
Review: “I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.”
“Salvation of the world depends on me.
I will not see the world as free until I see myself as free. That is why salvation of the world depends on me. To be free means to be without limit. God’s gifts are given without limit and so His gifts are the gift of freedom.
 
To know His gifts I must give them as they were given, freely and without limit. If I try to be selective about who will receive my gifts, I have lost awareness of What I am as God created me. God created me limitless and free. I cannot limit my gifts without also limiting myself.
 
I was created as Love, which by Its nature gives without limit. I cannot know the Love I am if I believe some are more worthy of Love than others. If I believe withholding love in certain situations is justified, then I have forgotten what Love is and What I am. Where God would have His gifts be is everywhere, because He is limitless. That is why it is important for me to extend Love all the time to all. That is how I save the world and myself.
 
Today I ask the Holy Spirit to help me see with His vision and offer Love in every circumstance so I may remember I am not a body I am free. I am still as God created me.
 
As an extension of God’s Love, we have one function, and that function is to extend God’s universal Love as our Father does. Our function is not to try to change Love, but to be one with It.
 
In Lesson 186 Jesus tells us, “If God’s Voice assures you that salvation needs your part, and that the whole depends on you, be sure that it is so…. Yet are the humble free to hear the Voice Which tells them what they are, and what to do.” (5:4,6)
 
We are learning we cannot fail when we ask only for God’s Will for us. God’s Will for us is shared by everyone. We are all in the same boat together. We are all Love and nothing else. We all are the salvation of the world as we wake up to the eternal truth.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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“Live each moment completely
and the future will take care of itself.
Fully enjoy the wonder and beauty of each moment.” 
― Paramahansa Yogananda
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MINDFULNESS AND THE PSYCHOLOGY OF FLOW
 
FLOW IS AN ESSENTIAL ELEMENT OF MINDFULNESS. HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED THAT WHEN YOU’RE EATING YOUR FAVORITE FOOD, YOU FORGET ALL YOUR WORRIES AND PROBLEMS? THE EXPERIENCE IS SO LOVELY THAT THE SENSE OF WHO YOU ARE, WHAT YOU DO, WHERE YOU COME FROM, AND WHATEVER THE PLAN IS FOR TOMORROW ALL VANISH FOR A MOMENT. IN FACT, MOST PLEASURES THAT YOU ENGAGE IN RESULT IN YOU LETTING GO.
IMAGINE SKIING DOWNHILL AT HIGH SPEED. YOU SENSE THE WIND WHOOSHING PAST YOU, FEEL THE COOL MOUNTAIN BREEZE, AND ENJOY THE DEEP BLUE OF THE SKY. YOU’RE IN THE ZONE; IN THE MOMENT, AT ONE WITH ALL AROUND YOU. WHEN YOU’RE IN THE ZONE, YOU LET GO OF DOING MODE AND COME INTO BEING MODE – THE PRESENT MOMENT.
THIS ‘IN THE ZONE’ STATE OF MIND IS CALLED ‘FLOW’ BY PSYCHOLOGIST MIKHAIL CSÍKSZENTMIHÁLYI . BUT WHAT’S FLOW GOT TO DO WITH THE BEING MODE OF MIND? SURELY BEING IN THE ZONE IS ALWAYS ABOUT DOING? NOT QUITE. PRACTICING MINDFULNESS HELPS TO GENERATE FLOW EXPERIENCES DIRECTLY.
ADVERTISING
HERE’S WHAT YOU EXPERIENCE WHEN YOU’RE IN A STATE OF FLOW:
YOU FEEL AT ONE WITH THE WORLD.
YOU LET GO OF YOUR SENSE OF AN INDIVIDUAL AND ANY WORRIES AND PROBLEMS.
YOU’RE COMPLETELY FOCUSED.
YOU FEEL VERY SATISFIED WITH WHAT YOU’RE DOING.
YOU’RE HAPPY, ALTHOUGH YOU DON’T REALLY NOTICE IT AT THE TIME BECAUSE YOU’RE SO ENGROSSED IN WHATEVER YOU’RE DOING.
MINDFULNESS AND THE FACTORS OF FLOW
CSÍKSZENTMIHÁLYI FOUND SOME KEY FACTORS THAT ACCOMPANY AN EXPERIENCE OF FLOW. AS LONG AS YOU DO A TASK MINDFULLY, IT’S POTENTIALLY GOING TO BE A FLOW EXPERIENCE.
HERE ARE SOME OF KEY FACTORS OF FLOW AND HOW YOU CAN GENERATE THEM USING MINDFULNESS:
ATTENTION. FLOW EXPERIENCES NEED ATTENTION. MINDFULNESS IS ALL ABOUT ATTENTION, AND MINDFULNESS INCREASES YOUR LEVEL OF ATTENTION WITH PRACTICE. THROUGH REGULAR MINDFULNESS PRACTICE, YOUR BRAIN BECOMES BETTER AT PAYING ATTENTION TO WHATEVER YOU CHOOSE TO FOCUS ON, MAKING A FLOW EXPERIENCE FAR MORE LIKELY. WHEN DRIVING, YOU SIMPLY PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR SURROUNDINGS RATHER THAN LETTING YOUR MIND WANDER OFF.
DIRECT AND IMMEDIATE FEEDBACK. FLOW NEEDS DIRECT FEEDBACK AS TO HOW YOU’RE DOING. WHEN YOU’RE PRACTICING MINDFULNESS, YOU’RE GETTING IMMEDIATE FEEDBACK BECAUSE YOU KNOW AT ANY TIME IF YOU’RE PAYING ATTENTION OR IF YOUR MIND HAS WANDERED OFF. SO, IF DRIVING, YOU NOTICE WHEN YOUR MIND HAS DRIFTED INTO DREAMING ABOUT WHAT’S FOR DINNER TONIGHT, AND YOU BRING YOUR ATTENTION GENTLY BACK TO THE HERE AND NOW.
SUFFICIENTLY CHALLENGING TASK. MINDFULNESS IS AN ACTIVE PROCESS OF REPEATEDLY REBALANCING TO COME BACK TO THE PRESENT MOMENT WHILE THE MIND – DOING WHAT MINDS DO – WANTS TO PULL YOU AWAY INTO OTHER THOUGHTS. TO DRIVE IN A MINDFUL WAY FROM WORK TO HOME WOULD BE A SUITABLE CHALLENGE FOR ANYONE, POTENTIALLY CREATING A FLOW EXPERIENCE.
SENSE OF PERSONAL CONTROL. WHEN YOU’RE MINDFUL OF YOUR THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS, YOU CREATE A CHOICE. YOU DON’T HAVE TO REACT TO THEM OR DO WHAT THEY TELL YOU TO DO. THIS GENERATES A SENSE OF CONTROL, AS YOU BECOME AWARE OF THE CHOICES YOU HAVE. IF WHILST DRIVING, SOMEONE CUTS IN FRONT OF YOU, YOU’VE GOT THE CHOICE TO REACT AND FEEL ANNOYED, OR PRACTICE LETTING IT GO.
INTRINSICALLY REWARDING. YOU PERFORM A TASK FOR THE SAKE OF ITSELF. IF YOU’RE DRIVING YOUR CAR TO GET HOME AS FAST AS POSSIBLE TO HAVE YOUR CUP OF TEA, YOU’RE NOT GOING TO BE IN A FLOW EXPERIENCE. IF YOU DRIVE TO SIMPLY ENJOY EACH MOMENT OF THE JOURNEY, THAT’S DIFFERENT. YOU CAN FEEL THE WARMTH OF THE SUNSHINE ON YOUR ARM AND APPRECIATE THE COLOR OF THE SKY.
NORMALLY, MINDFULNESS WOULD MAKE YOU A SAFER DRIVER RATHER THAN A MORE DANGEROUS ONE. HOWEVER, BEGIN BY BEING MINDFUL OF SAFER TASKS LIKE WASHING DISHES OR GOING FOR A WALK BEFORE YOU ATTEMPT MINDFULNESS OF DRIVING, JUST SO YOU GET USED TO BEING MINDFUL. DON’T USE MINDFULNESS OF DRIVING IF YOU FIND THE EXPERIENCE DISTRACTING.
 
DISCOVER YOUR MINDFULNESS FLOW EXPERIENCES
EVERYONE’S HAD FLOW EXPERIENCES. BY KNOWING WHEN YOU’VE BEEN IN FLOW, YOU CAN ENCOURAGE MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPERIENCE IT IN THE FUTURE. THE FOLLOWING ARE SOME TYPICAL ACTIVITIES THAT PEOPLE OFTEN FIND THEMSELVES FLOWING IN. YOU MAY EVEN FIND SOMETHING HERE TO TRY YOURSELF:
READING OR WRITING. WHEN YOU’RE FULLY ENGAGED IN A GOOD BOOK FULL OF A CHALLENGING STORYLINE, YOU’RE IN FLOW. YOU FORGET ABOUT EVERYTHING ELSE AND TIME FLIES BY. WHEN WRITING IN FLOW, WORDS SIMPLY POP INTO YOUR HEAD AND ONTO YOUR PAGE WITH EFFORTLESS EASE. YOU STOP CRITICIZING WHAT YOU’RE CREATING, AND ENJOY SEEING THE REPORT OR BOOK POURING OUT OF YOU.
ART OR HOBBIES. MOST ARTISTIC ENDEAVORS INVOLVE FLOW. YOU’RE DIRECTLY CONNECTED WITH YOUR SENSES AND PEOPLE OFTEN DESCRIBE THEMSELVES AS BEING ‘AT ONE WITH THE MUSIC’. IF YOU’RE DOING A PARTICULAR HOBBY BECAUSE YOU’RE FORCED TO, IT MAY OR MAY NOT BE A FLOW EXPERIENCE AS THE INTRINSIC MOTIVATION ISN’T THERE.
EXERCISE. SOME PEOPLE LOVE EXERCISE SO MUCH THAT THEY GET ADDICTED TO IT. THE RUSH OF ADRENALINE, THE FULL FOCUS IN THE PRESENT MOMENT, AND THE FEELING OF EXHILARATION MAKES FOR A FLOW EXPERIENCE.
WORK. PERHAPS SURPRISINGLY, YOU CAN BE IN FLOW AT WORK. RESEARCH HAS FOUND THAT PEOPLE ARE HAPPIER AT WORK THAN THEY ARE IN THEIR LEISURE TIME. WORK ENCOURAGES YOU TO DO SOMETHING WITH A FOCUSED ATTENTION, AND OFTEN INVOLVES INTERACTION WITH OTHERS. YOU NEED TO GIVE SOMETHING OF YOURSELF. THIS CAN SET THE STAGE FOR FLOW. IN CONTRAST, WATCHING TV AT HOME CAN DRAIN YOUR ENERGY.
ANYTHING DONE MINDFULLY. REMEMBER, ANYTHING THAT YOU DO WITH A MINDFUL AWARENESS IS GOING TO GENERATE A FLOW STATE OF MIND, FROM MAKING LOVE TO MAKING A CUP OF TEA.
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St.#701

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