Feelings – Episode 169

conflictHave you ever felt controlled by your feelings? What feelings could you identify in the past? How do you balance feelings and facts?

  • Were you able to identify feelings (before recovery)?
  • What did you feel?
  • Did you feel?
  • Did you think that certain feelings were “good” and others were “bad”?
  • Did it seem you had to act on/react to your feelings?
  • How did you deny/push down/hide from feelings?
  • Have you heard the saying, “feelings are not facts”?
  • What does it mean to you?
  • How do you use it now?
  • Have you found a “feeling vocabulary” in recovery?
  • How do you respond to feelings now?
  • How are you able to feel, but act from your head?
  • How can you accept that you have feelings, and that they do not have to control your actions?
  • How have your feelings changed?
  • What slogans or tools help you to deal with how you feel?
    • Let go and let God.
    • This too shall pass.
    • Just for today.
    • One day at a time.
    • Easy does it.
    • First things first.
    • Prayer and meditation.
    • Inventory
  • How have you become more aware of and able to feel?

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just for today – a meditation

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“Just for Today” — Al-Anon slogan

A recent meeting focused on the slogan, “Just for Today.” As is often the case, I heard something new in the lead and the shares that followed. I have always mixed up “Just for Today” and “One Day at a Time”, feeling that they said pretty much the same thing, just in different words. But, as I listened, I found a new meaning to “Just for Today”. The lead speaker read some “Just for Today …” quotes. One said “Just for Today I will try a new way of doing things.” And, right there, I heard something different from “One Day at a Time.” I heard that if I want to make a change in my life, I don’t necessarily have to commit to do it forever. I can try it out, for one day, one hour, one week, and see if it fits me, if it improves my situation, my attitude, my mood, my connection to others and my Higher Power. Sometimes committing to change can be daunting, can seem like a huge job. If I can do it “Just for Today”, then it is easier to get started, and easier to continue (one day at a time).

A meditation for August 22, 2013.

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