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
- Consider my plans for the day
- Ask God to direct my thinking – divorced from self-pity, dishonest, or self-seeking motives
- When facing indecision ask God for inspiration, an intuitive thought, or a decision
- Relax and take it easy – do not struggle
- 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
- Ask God for freedom from self-will
- Make no requests for myself only – only if others will be helped
- Join with others in morning meditation, if possible
- 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
- I constructively review my day
- Was I resentful, selfish, dishonest or afraid?
- Do I owe an apology?
- Have I kept something to myself which should be discussed with another person at once?
- Was I kind and loving toward all?
- What could I have done better?
- Was I thinking of myself most of the time?
- Was I thinking of what I could do for others, of what I could pack into the stream of life?
- 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!