Sunday, December 09, 2007

Response: Beyong Counting Blessings: from Peta

Sunday Night ~ Gracias Hermano Roberto ~ I seems that us being thankful and having an attitude of gratitude has been the theme this last week, especially since the All-Tribes A.A. Meeting and potluck last Thursday evening.
Congratulations on your 18th Birthday! I guess now that you can buy smokes it is a milestone. For us, smile! I figure you mean sober days!
I saw Sister Sarah and baby-son Isaiah last week at Sally's. I will post the pictures soon, along with others I have taken recently.

Being thankful for even the smallest blessings should be something we keep within us, especially in those fleeting moments when we may indulge in self-pity or be prone to a passing mood of depression, but also throughout our day to day activities. Plus, when we make the time in our busy lives we should bein a prayerful thankful way in our relations with others in our lives.
You are doing well taking it one day at a time. Yet we should have visions for the future that is already unfolding and coming into view before us. Much remains to be thought, said and done, especially considering all the time up to decades we wasted away lost in our drug-alcohol addiction.
Tomorrow at New Start at Loaves & Fishes at the 10 AM A.A. Meeting, Counsin Mark's friend, Brother Gil Garcia who is visiting here for the Holidays from his home in Hawaii, will chair the Meeting. I unexpectantly chaired the 'Keep Coming Back' A.A. Meeting at Sally's last Friday and I actually had not chaired a meeting for a long time.
All of us should go through a real Christian conversion in our lives in order to truly cement our continued recovery and not always live in fear of a sudden slip or a full-blown relapse. We should have a Spiritual Awakening each day when we awaken!
There is a large reservoir of inspiration in the Holy Bible when we are guided by the Holy Spirit.
Do not depend on anyone else or anything else to keep you sober. We must depend upon our Holy Father ~the Great Creator~ in order to stay strong in our sober recovery and be of service to others.
I still have not been invited by G.I. Joe to be a contributor to the One-Step-Up Blog and his better concentration in this area is needed. I know he is just about always busy and I just want to help in different ways.

As far as the One-Step-Blog, I could take pictures with my HP Digital Camera of the available housing locations, post them onto the blog and then just show interested candidates the blog from my desk at the Salvation Army. I will post this Email on the CASA Blog and on my new Sane-and-Sober Blog too.
We all need to focus better on our priorities and not let current events get us out of focus. There are many ways of sharing our experience, strength and hope. Einstein stated that imagination is more important than mere intelligence. And I believe that direct personal experience has always been more important that formal education.
Over the last several years, Dr. Linda in Jerusalem has been more of a sponsor from afar than anyone else I have had. Plus, living here with our Cousin Mark is a great source of strength as iron sharpens iron. Plus, Dr. Dick Burns in Hawaii, whom I have only met cyberly online, has been a great inspiriation for me and my progressive Christian approach to recovery. I no longer feel so alone with having a different way of working my Christian recovery program than regular A.A.ers.
Basically, a solid Christian approach to recovery gives us a real solid spiritual foundation in our recovery and progressive recovery as a concept of action will help us to take the lead in positive community action. We must address the social condtions that make many want to escape from them by using 'dope and booze'. Remember: we should change the things we can, not vainly ignore them.
The absurd ideas of traditional A.A.ers of being non-political and non-controversial are lame and could hide other hidden agendas that in turn mask unresolved character defects. No A.A.ers speak of Bill Wilson's 'acid days' or his rampant womanizing while married to his co-dependent wife.

We need to recover from our own chemical addictions but we also need to recovery from being raised up in a racist-sexist-oppressive society and its negative effects. It is the whole society that must be transformed, not only ourselves! We now live in a sick twisted and very inhumane society. We cannot be smug in our so-called anonymity as the world falls apart around us! People are dying now who could be saved!
Venceremos! We Will Win! ~Tu Hermano Peta~
P.S. I want you to Join the CASA Yahoo Group and with our posts we can keep a record of our progress, not have our words be forever lost in the endlessless of cyberspace.
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Robert Lopez <> wrote:
More words to live by, today is my 18th birthday and im slowly feeling things again. This connections with the Sacramento Native American Health Clinic is a positive thing and is already blessing me with new friendships. I have a appointment with the New Spiritual Leader there named Dean.
Until later family
Beyond Counting Blessings
Being Truly Thankful

Often when we practice being thankful, we go through the process of counting our blessings, acknowledging the wonderful people, things and places that make up our reality. While it is fine to be grateful for the good fortune we have accumulated, true thankfulness stems from a powerful comprehension of the gift of simply being alive, and when we feel it, we feel it regardless of our circumstances. In this deep state of gratitude, we recognize the purity of the experience of being, in and of itself, and our thankfulness is part and parcel of our awareness that we are one with this great mystery that is life.

It is difficult for most of us to access this level of consciousness as we are very caught up in the ups and downs of our individual experiences in the world. The thing to remember about the world, though, is that it ebbs and flows, expands and contracts, gives and takes, and is by its very nature somewhat unreliable. If we only feel gratitude when it serves our desires, this is not true thankfulness. No one is exempt from the twists and turns of fate, which may, at any time, take the possessions, situations, and people we love away from us. Ironically, it is sometimes this kind of loss that awakens us to a thankfulness that goes deeper than just being grateful when things go our way. Illness and near-miss accidents can also serve as wake-up calls to the deeper realization that we are truly lucky to be alive.

We do not have to wait to be shaken to experience this state of being truly thankful for our lives. Tuning in to our breath and making an effort to be fully present for a set period of time each day can do wonders for our ability to connect with true gratitude. We can also awaken ourselves with the intention to be more aware of the unconditional generosity of the life force that flows through us regardless of our circumstances.

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