namaste – a meditation

 

Namaste: The Divine in me recognizes and honors the Divine in you. I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honor the light, love, truth, beauty & peace within you, because it is also within me. In sharing these things we are united, we are the same, we are one.

“Namaste” is a word that is used to greet people in the Indian culture.  I love the meaning of it. When I meet and interact with people around me, especially people that I have difficult relationships with, I try to say this to myself as a prayer. In doing so, I remember that just as I have a Higher Power, so does the other person. I can honor and trust that, and in doing so, I can relieve myself of my need for control over the other person and I can have acceptance. “Namaste” reminds me that just as I am human and a part of the world with my own past and on my own path, so is the other person. When I can respect that, I am able to relieve myself of my tendency towards judging others and I can have compassion. Saying “Namaste” also reminds me that inside me is the potential and need for love, light, and serenity, just as there is in the other person. And when I realize there is this potential and need in both of us, I can relieve myself of my fears and defenses against the other person and I can give and receive love. When I say “Namaste,” I am reminded of all of these things and, in that moment, I can accept, love, and respect other person just as I am able to accept, love, and respect myself. When I do this, I am connected to Higher Power and I recognize that the other person and I “are united, we are the same, we are one.”

 

A meditation for July 18, 2013.

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Sponsorship Round Table – Episode 32

If you just want to do recovery all by yourself… If having a sponsor sounds frightening… If you’d like to have a sponsor, but you don’t know how to get one… Then keep listening as hosts Mark, of Recovered, and Kelli, of The Recovery Show, lead a joint round table about sponsorship. In this conversation with Mark and Kelli are Jason, Russ, Spencer, and Swetha.

Our round table was sparked by a voice mail from Bronte in Australia. She leads us into questions such as: What is Sponsorship? Why is it important? What to look for? What to watch out for? How do you develop trust? How do you get a sponsor?

Joe, from California, asks about changing sponsors. He wonders about questions like: Does changing sponsors mean giving up on the program? Is changing sponsors a bad thing? What might be a bad reason for changing a sponsor? May a newcomer change sponsors?

We also hear from Liz, in Florida, who recently changed her sponsor, raising these questions: How do you know when to change sponsors? What if you are not clicking with your sponsor? How do you break up with a sponsor?

During our discussion, we talk about our experiences being sponsored and sponsoring others in our fellowships. We address questions like these: How does sponsorship help the sponsor? Can any member be a sponsor? How do you get a sponsee? When is a member ready for sponsorship responsibility? What does a sponsor do and not do? What if you are asked for advice? Is there any one best way of sponsoring a newcomer? Is it possible to get too attached to a sponsee?

This is also episode 426 of Recovered.

Our topic for next week is compassion. Please call us at 734-707-8795 or email feedback@therecoveryshow.com with your questions or experience, strength and hope. Or just leave a comment right here.

healing – a meditation

 

Life will give you whatever experience is the most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness.

-Eckhart Tolle

When my body is hungry, I crave food. When my body is thirsty, I crave water. I don’t have to be in control of that.  My body knows what to do to heal itself. It seeks what it needs. Sometimes, I don’t want to eat when I’m thirsty because I’m too lazy to get myself some water. Or sometimes I don’t want to eat when I’m hungry because I feel too busy to get myself some food. But that’s my mind talking. My body is simpler. More straightforward. It knows what it needs to heal.

My soul is the same way. It seeks out situations that it needs to heal.  It seeks out interactions with controlling people or people that engage in behaviors that trigger me so that I can have the chance to set my boundaries and heal. Soul craves growth. Sometimes, in those situations, I don’t want to set boundaries or respond in a healthy way because I feel scared or hurt. But that’s my mind, getting in the way. My soul is simpler. More straightforward.  It knows what it needs to heal. The trick is to silence my mind.

A meditation for July 10, 2013.

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beauty – a meditation

 

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

Confucius

It is definitely hard for me to see beauty in things when I am feeling angry or hurt or scared. During those times, I can’t see past the end of my own nose, mostly. But that doesn’t mean the beauty isn’t there. My Higher Power never sends me any situation in order to hurt me. Rather, I feel every situation that I encounter is sent to me in order to allow me a chance to grow and heal my soul. What could be more beautiful than that – a universe that conspires in intricate and intangible ways to always care after its children without an eye towards credit or gratitude? In times of fear or pain, I can remember that and remember that even if I am uncomfortable, I am meant to be that way so that I can be looked after. I can always find beauty in that.

A meditation for July 8, 2013.

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