Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life. Eleanor Roosevelt
To be as a child is a great and worthy goal. Curiosity and enthusiasm are the two outstanding characteristics of children, and the most blessed of humans are those who keep these qualities all their lives.
I live life by going out and exploring it, digging into it just for the pleasure of feeling alive – which is reward enough.
Meeting life head-on has the great virtue of allowing me to see everything, to know in the instant how best to proceed – and then go ahead and do it. I am here for the purpose of living, which means putting all my God-given faculties to their fullest and best use.
For today: I have a program that encourages curiosity and enthusiasm for living; and what I manage to find for myself I share with others.
*My take-away. Wow! So much here! – Live life by… digging into it just for the pleasure of feeling alive which is reward enough. Oh I love that! – Knowing in an instant how best to proceed and doing it. I want that so much. So the *purpose* of living – fullest and best use, yes. This week, while J’s mother has died on Saturday night, and I am emotionally and timewise strained while having really needed a break and Ma screwed up the first part and now this… I did yesterday do this “work” and went to WW and tried to go to OA but got lost it’s ok…. I did feel better and will today too. Today will do laundry, get haircut, eat well of course, and see M and the girls yay taking them, my little “nieces” out. Quite honestly, wanted to get to meeting *every day* this week and missed last night because lost, today’s time with the girls which was the only time they had will prevent today’s, tomorrow the wake will prevent that. Grrr. But it’s ok. It’s got to be. It is life in the moment. And it is all a WHOLE lot better than when I wanted to die! I must never, ever turn my back on life.
PS Also reading The Secret at night is helping too.
Voices of Recovery:
It is essential that all of us understand and respect anonymity if OA is to survive and we are to find recovery here. – The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, p.. 199
It’s not often you see the words “it is essential.” This tells me how important anonymity is. OA’s survival and my recovery depends on it. What does this mean? For me, it means that I always hold in confidence what I hear at a meeting or from another OA member. It means that no matter what, I maintain my anonymity at the level of press, radio, films, and television. For me, it also means that I let people in OA know my last name so that if I am needed, I can be found. It means that I don’t place myself above or below anyone else. I t reminds me that we are all equal. It tells me taht my job is of no importance. What counts is that we are both compulsive overeaters trying to recover through the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous.
My take-away. Yeah yeah…
Quite as important was the discovery that spiritual principles would solve all my problems. Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 42
Through the recovery process described in the Big Book, I have come to realize that the same instructions that work on my alcoholism, work on much more. Whenever I am angry or frustrated, I consider the matter a manifestation of the main problem within me, alcoholism. As I “walk” through the Steps, my difficulty is usually dealt with long before I reach the Twelfth “suggestion,” and those difficulties that persist are remedied when I make an effort to carry the message to someone else. These principles do solve my problems! I have not encountered an exception, and I have been brought to a way of living which is satisfying and useful.
My take-away. Whenever I am angry or frustrated (or fearful or resentful or anything) I do NOT see it as a manifestation of the “main problem within me,” my overeating. I see it as all connected to the feeling of lack within me but like the overeating and the other things come FROM it, the others do not come FROM the overeating “addiction.” No matter, the spiritual solution is here for me. Higher Power, I offer myself to Thee, to do with me and to build with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy power, they love, and Thy way of life. May I do Thy will always. Amen.
As Bill Sees It p. 28:
Troublemakers Can Be Teachers
Few of us are any longer afraid of what any newcomer can do to our A.A. (O.A.) reputation or effectiveness. Those who slip, whose who panhandle, those who scandalize, those with mental twists, those who rebel at the program, those who trade on the A. A. reputation – all such persons seldom harm an A.A. group for long.
Some of these have become our most respected and best loved. Some have remained to try our patience, sober nevertheless. Others have drifted away. We have begun to regard the troublesome ones not as menaces, but rather as our teachers. They oblige us to cultivate patience, tolerance, and humility. We finally see that they are only people sicker than the rest of us, that we who condemn them are the Pharisees whose false righteousness does our group the deeper spiritual damage.
My take-away: Okay.
How to Eat:
When we eat mindfully, we consume exactly what we need in order to keep our bodies, our minds and the Earth healthy. When we practice like this, we reduce suffering for ourselves and for others. We begin to heal ourselves and can help heal the world. As a spiritual family and as a human family, we can all help make our lives more sustainable by following this practice.
My take-away. Great! And gives me motivation and courage to do it for this day.
How to Relax:
THE SOUND OF THE BELL
I started inviting the bell when I as sixteen years old, the age when I became a novice monk. We say, “invite the bell” rather than “strike the bell” because we think of the bell as a friend. We want to invite its sound into our bodies. Inviting a bell to sound is one very simple way to relax. When we hear the bell, we breathe in and we breathe out, and we take in that beautiful sound. That’s it. If we don’t have a bell, we can use another sound – a phone ringing, an airplane passing overhead, the chime of a clock, a timer on the computer, or the natural sounds around us. We can even use the sound of a jackhammer or a leaf blower.
My take-away: I never realized that about “invite the bell.” It is nice. I want to do this throughout the day. 🙂
How To Walk:
LIFE’S ADDRESS (I feel like maybe this is the one I did yesterday, but it’s ok. I need it:))
When you walk mindfully, just enjoy walking. The technique to practice is to walk and just to be exactly where you are, even if you are moving. Your true destination is the here and the now, because only in this moment and in the place is life possible. The address of all the great beings is “here and now.” The address of peace and light is also “here and now.” You know where to go. Every in-breath, every out-breath, every step you make should bring you back to that address.
My take-away. Do it. The first retreat I went on with Thich Nhat Hanh, was call “I have arrived. I am home.” This is good. Bring it with me. It is in me. Bring it with me.