Endigar 603 ~ A Sense of Belonging

From the Daily Reflections of November 10;

Perhaps one of the greatest rewards of meditation and prayer is the sense of belonging that comes to us.   (Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, page 105)

That’s what it is — belonging! After a session of meditation I knew that the feeling I was experiencing was a sense of belonging because I was so relaxed. I felt quieter inside, more willing to discard little irritations. I appreciated my sense of humor. What I also experience in my daily practice is the sheer pleasure of belonging to the creative flow of God’s world. How propitious for us that prayer and meditation are written right into our A.A. way of life.

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“If circumstances warrant, we ask our wives or friends to join us in morning meditation. If we belong to a religious denomination which requires a definite morning devotion, we attend to that also. If not members of religious bodies, we sometimes select and memorize a few set prayers which emphasize the principles we have been discussing. There are many helpful books also. Suggestions about these may be obtained from one’s priest, minister, or rabbi. Be quick to see where religious people are right. Make use of what they offer.”  (Alcoholics Anonymous, page 87).

I am reading a book by Henri J. M. Nouwen called the Inner Voice of Love.  It is a collection of spiritual imperatives he wrote during a particularly dark period of time in his life.  He sought seclusion, much the same as many of us have gone to treatment.  He had spiritual guides to help him work through his pain, much like many of us have had counselors and psychiatrists to aid in our recovery.  I find his words potent and they resonate powerfully.  He recommends that the reader use the book like a devotional.  In reading his words, I am a such a novice in comparison and what I provide would not be as helpful as his writings.  I will share some of these imperatives with you here while I am on the 11th step section of the Daily Reflections, and I highly recommend that you acquire a copy of the book.

Work around Your Abyss

There is a deep hole in your being, like an abyss.  You will never succeed in filling that hole, because your needs are inexhaustible.  You have to work around it so that gradually the abyss closes.

Since the hole is so enormous and your anguish so deep, you will always be tempted to flee from it.  There are two extremes to avoid:  being completely absorbed in your pain and being distracted by so many things that you stay far away from the wound you want to heal.

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