Hope – a meditation

A beacon of hope

 

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune–without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I’ve heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

Emily Dickinson – Hope

After I accepted my powerlessness over my loved one’s alcoholism, I had to find a new meaning for hope. I could no longer say “I hope for sobriety”, because that would set up an expectation. I had no way of assuring that expectation would be met, and so I would again find myself descending into the pit of despair. What hope came to mean for me, in those days, was that there was a possibility of change, not an expectation of change. This hope helped to sustain me. It “perched in my soul” and “sang the tune … sweetest in the gale”.

A meditation for December 19, 2012.

 

Change myself – a meditation

 

 

 

Yesterday, I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today, I am wise, so I am changing myself.

– Rumi

 

 

When others behave in ways I don’t like, or don’t do the things that I think they should, I can feel powerless, as we explored in our most recent podcast episode. Usually, I can’t change them to act “correctly”. As Rumi suggests, the path of wisdom to change my response or reaction, instead. One way for me to do that is to accept others as they are, recognizing that they are unlikely to change just to suit me. We will explore acceptance in our next podcast episode. Please be sure to tune in for it.

A meditation for December 18, 2012.

 

Being yourself – a meditation

 

People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

– Mother Theresa

A meditation for December 17, 2012.

 

Powerlessness – Pilot episode 2

[Powerlessness over the sunrise]

Swetha leads a discussion of powerlessness. We talk about how we understood it (or didn’t) before coming to the program and how we understand it now.  Each of us discusses situations in which we feel powerlessness and how we recognize it. Kelli says that sometimes recognizing powerlessness can give her power. How can that work? Listen and find out.

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Open Talk – Ajit S

Ajit S speaking at the All-Texas Al-Anon Alateen Convention in Austin, TX in 2003.

I love his sense of humor.