How to Sit:
RECOGNIZING THE BODY
When our in-breath and out-breath become peaceful and pleasant, our bodies begin to benefit. In our daily lives, many of us forget that we have a body. Our bodies often contain stress, pain, and suffering. Often we ignore the body until the pain gets too great. If we breathe peacefully, this peace will be transmitted to the body. Sitting and breathing mindfully, we bring the mind back to the body and begin to recognize its presence and release the tension held there.
My takeaway: Yes!
How to Eat:
ATTENTION TO WHAT WE EAT
Before eating, you may see a condiment dish with red chili peppers. It looks very appealing. But when you look deeper, you know you are sensitive to them, and if you eat them they may affect your digestion. So although they’re delicious, they may not be healthy for you. Something can e delicious and not healthy., so we have to be very careful about what we prepare and what we eat. Healthy is good, but healthy and not delicious isn’t good either. you have to have both.
My takeaway: Great thought, yes.
How to Walk:
TAKING CARE OF THE FUTURE
There are those of us who are prisoners of the future. We don’t now what will happen but we worry so much that the future becomes a kind of prison. The real future is made only of one substance, and that is the present. What else can the future be made of? If we know how to take care of the presnt moment the best we can, that’s all we can do to assure ourselves of a good future. We build the future by taking care of the present moment. Taking care of the present moment includes mindful breathing, enjoying your in-breath and out-breath. With each step, you arrive in the future you are making. Make it a future of peace and compassion.
My takeaway: Don’t worry about the future. Live the present! ❤
How to Relax:
DON’T WASTE YOUR LIFE
On the wooden board outside of the meditation hall in many Zen monasteries, there is a four-line inscription. The last line is, “Do not squander your life.” Our lives are made of days and hours, and each hour is precious. Have we wasted our hours and our days? Are we wasting our lives? When we practice sitting or walking meditation, it’s easier to be mindful and concentrated. During the rest of the day, we also practice. It’s more difficult, but it’s possible. The sitting and the walking can be extended to the non-walking, non-sitting moments of our day. That is the basic principle of meditation.
My takeaway: Each hour is precious. Each moment is precious. I’m So glad I’m enjoying them now! God, thank You!!
Most people ask for happiness on condition. Happiness can only be felt if you don’t set any condition. Artur Rubinstein
As a compulsive overeater, I know that making conditions for happiness doesn’t work. I thought I could only be happy if I was thin. So I dieted and lost weight. I went out and had a lot of fun and excitement. That was happiness, wasn’t it? It wasn’t.
Happiness is freedom from compulsive overeating – and that freedom does not come until I give up the conditions, the “Yes, buts” and the “If onlys.” How enslaving conditions are, and how fearful it is to let them go, to lose control. Life doesn’t come made to order. It comes as it comes, on its own terms, whether or not I accept it.
For today: Setting conditions is putting myself back in the driver’s seat. I can have the courage to trust, to let go and know that the ability to do this is a great blessing.
My takeaway: Oops – I like the TNH ones better. Is ok…
Voices of Recovery:
“Ours is a spiritual program, not a religious one. We have no creeds or doctrines, only our own experiences of recovery.” – The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, p. 13
I was never a religious person, or even a spiritual one for that matter. When I first came to OA, I had difficulty with the idea of a Higher Power. Honestly, it scared me. I wanted to believe, but I just didn’t know how. It was only by talking with several members who openly shared their ideas of a Higher Power that I was able to open my own mind. I did something I couldn’t do for thirty years: I came to believe in a power greater than myself. The fact that OA is a spiritual program, and not a religious one, is why I am still here. Today I believe in a power greater than myself, a loving, caring Higher Power that I define in my own words.
My takeaway: I think *tomorrow* is my one-year anniversary of finding my Higher Power! SO grateful!
Understanding is the key to right principles and attitudes, and right action is the key to good living. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 125
There came a time in my program of recovery when the third stanza of the Serenity Prayer – “The wisdom to know the difference” – became indelibly imprinted in my mind. From that time on, I had to face the ever-present knowledge that my every action, word and thought was within, or outside, the principles of the program. I could no longer hide behind self-rationalization, nor behind the insanity of my disease. The only course open to me, if I was to attain a joyous life for myself (and subsequently for those I love), was one in which I imposed on myself an effort of commitment, discipline, and responsibility.
My takeaway: Yes, Buddhism too. Of course I want to live within…
As Bill Sees It:
When a drunk has a terrific hangover because he drank heavily yesterday, he cannot live well today. But there is another kind of hangover which we all experience whether we are drinking or not. That is the emotional hangover, the direct result of yesterday’s and sometimes today’s excesses of negative emotion – anger, fear, jealousy, and the like.
If we would live serenely today and tomorrow, we certainly need to eliminate these hangovers. This doesn’t mean we need to wander morbidly around in the past. It requires an admission and correction of errors – now.
My takeaway: It ISN’T just me who suffers with these things like negative emotion. And I usually don’t have! Yay!
VERY thankful to have just read this!