Sunday, November 7, 2010

Thy will be done.

We will want the good that is in us all, even in the worst of us, to flower and to grow. Most certainly we shall need bracing air and an abundance of food. But first of all we shall want sunlight; nothing much can grow in the dark. Meditation is our step out into the sun. How, then, shall we meditate?

The actual experience of meditation and prayer across the centuries is, of course, immense. The world's libraries and places of worship are a treasure trove for all seekers. (12 Steps and 12 Traditions, p98)

As we go through the day we pause, when agitated or doubtful, and ask for the right thought or action. We constantly remind ourselves we are no longer running the show, humbly saying to ourselves many times each day "The will be done." We are then in much less danger of excitement, fear, anger, worry, self-pity, or foolish decisions. We become much more efficient. We do not tire so easily, for we are not burning up energy foolishly as we did when we were trying to arrange life to suit ourselves.
It works -- it really does. (Alcoholics Anonymous, p87-99)

" When I started, they stressed morning quiet time, daily reading, and daily contact. They also told me I had to do something about my alcoholism every day." Duke remembered taking a poll of "slippers" in the early 1940's and finding that they had all stopped having their morning quiet time. "Now, after 38 years, Katie and I still have our quiet time and morning reading, " he said. (Interview of Duke P., Dr Bob and the Old Timers, p150-151)

There is so much information on Step 11 in the literature of A.A. What there is not is a clear and concise definition on what meditation means. There is that pointer to check out the world's libraries and places of worship. Lots to explore and there is no right answer.

Photo Credit: Stuck in Customs

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I really needed to hear this today, thanks so much. It is great to see you posting again. I am crazy busy right now and sometimes let it get the best of me. Not posting as miuch as I would like but still checking in and glad to see you again.