From the BlogMeet Ron

Some good ones from Chuck D.

If I were to begin life again, I should want it as it was. I would only open my eyes a little more.
–Jules Renard

Spiritual and emotional growth is a process of raising our awareness. Reflecting on our growth as people, before this program and after, we see different levels of consciousness. Some of us might say we weren’t at all conscious of what it meant to be a mature person by the time we entered the adult world.

Now we are forming an awareness of mankind. We see ourselves more as recovering, caring, strong, vulnerable men in relationships with others. We have an increased sense that our actions make a difference as sons, as parents, as spouses, lovers, and friends. Our increased understanding of ourselves makes it possible to fulfill our potentials for growth. It is not idle fantasy to imagine beginning life again because, in a sense, we have. In recovery, it seems we have begun life again, only with our eyes a little more open.
Help me live this day with all of my awareness.

Do not seek death. Death will find you.
–Dag Hammarskjold
When we accept deep within ourselves the fact that we will die, that our days are numbered as certainly as those of each thriving, bustling generation before us, then we become more fully alive and vital people. Facing this raises grief over our loss, and we wish to avoid it. Yet, death keeps us honest. It highlights the folly of our questions about whether we should live or die and confronts us with the self-destructive behaviors we have used. Some of us have nearly killed ourselves by our extreme behaviors.

Since death is certain, the real question is. How shall we live? By pursuing recovery and spiritual growth we have chosen to live more fully and to use our energies well. We live with commitment to our highest values. We stay in tune with our inner voice to help us make choices. We play, we love, and we celebrate the miracle of life every day, not because there is no grief, but because life is precious and time is limited.Today, I will accept my grief over the limits of life. I will celebrate its wonder.
I loafe and invite my soul, I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass.
–Walt Whitman 

How foreign the thought is to many of us that we might make progress by loafing. Yet we probably have experienced it. We have felt more in tune with ourselves after taking a break. After an especially relaxing weekend we feel more alive or clearer about ourselves. At those times we have invited our soul and have been rejuvenated.

Centuries of spiritual practice from different ideologies have taught the need for quiet relaxation in some form to invite the soul. Some have practiced a Sabbath day each week, others a time of prayer every day – even several times a day – others have practiced a daily period of deep meditation. Simply a period of loafing, with no particular goal in mind, may invite conscious contact with our Higher Power.

I pray for the ability to set aside my busy pace of life,
my worrying and fretting, my “take charge” attitude
for a period of time today.

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