Endigar 596 ~ Focusing and Listening

From the Daily Reflections of November 3;

There is a direct linkage among self-examination, meditation, and prayer. Taken separately, these practices can bring much relief and benefit.   (Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, page 98)

If I do my self-examination first, then surely, I’ll have enough humility to pray and meditate-because I’ll see and feel my need for them. Some wish to begin and end with prayer, leaving the self-examination and meditation to take place in between, whereas others start with meditation, listening for advice from God about their still hidden or unacknowledged defects. Still others engage in written and verbal work on their defects, ending with a prayer of praise and thanksgiving. These three — self-examination, meditation and prayer — form a circle, without a beginning or an end. No matter where, or how, I start, I eventually arrive at my destination: a better life.

END OF QUOTE ————————————- the-tree-of-life-hd_ Today is the first day of my Heretic’s Yule celebration.  It starts on the 13th, lasts for 13 days thus ending on the 25th.  It is a special time for me, as Gomu leads me to find a new life.  When I am involved in self-examination, I am given to obsessive work.  When I am involved in meditation, it is about surrender to a walking, but alert, trance while I attempt to see beyond the urgent reality. When I pray, I am seeking to express my most intense need and desires to One I have concluded actually gives a damn about me and my particulars.  They are not as neatly packed into the day as I would like, but they all surge into prominence at the right time when I am seeking conscious contact with my Higher Power.  Tonight, I have cut away a time for just myself and Gomu.

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