Working a Continual Meditation Practice

According to my Sponsor and Step Guide, and the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book, this is what I can try on as a morning meditation practice.

Working a Continual Meditation Practice

Becoming a clean slate — my Set Aside prayer (reciting my version, as it evolves)

Acceptance and humility — the Serenity Prayer (recite this as my 24 hr coin says)

Big Book Step 11 “On awakening” Directions

  1. Consider my plans for the day
  2. Ask God to direct my thinking – divorced from self-pity, dishonest, or self-seeking motives
  3. When facing indecision ask God for inspiration, an intuitive thought, or a decision
  4. Relax and take it easy – do not struggle
  5. Conclude period of meditation with a prayer that I be shown all throughout the day what my next step is to be, to be given whatever I need to take care of such problems
  6. Ask God for freedom from self-will
  7. Make no requests for myself only – only if others will be helped
  8. Join with others in morning meditation, if possible
  9. Attend to any morning devotions offered by my religious denominations, find principled prayers, or read helpful books

Big Book Step 11 “When we retire at night” Directions

  1. I constructively review my day
  2. Was I resentful, selfish, dishonest or afraid?
  3. Do I owe an apology?
  4. Have I kept something to myself which should be discussed with another person at once?
  5. Was I kind and loving toward all?
  6. What could I have done better?
  7. Was I thinking of myself most of the time?
  8. Was I thinking of what I could do for others, of what I could pack into the stream of life?
  9. Ask God’s forgiveness and inquire what corrective measures should be taken

Those are 9 pretty easy prompts to follow for both AM and PM meditation sessions… and I DON’T have to write a page or even a paragraph on each step… a simple acknowledgement or a yes/no response will suffice. Win through with consistency of effort, not intensity!