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  • Series: Hazelden Meditation Series
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Hazelden; Reissue edition (October 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0894866257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0894866258
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 4.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hazelden Meditations Hazelden Meditations is a contributor for the following Hazelden Title: Keep It Simple

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Keep It Simple

Daily Meditations for Twelve Step Beginnings and Renewal


Introduction


We, the authors of this book, believe a recovery program should be made up of meditation, prayer, and action. This book will try to help readers in each of these areas.

On each page you'll find three sections. The first section will be a quote followed by a few paragraphs on the spiritual message we have found within the quote. We suggest reading the quote and our thoughts on it; then take a few minutes and reflect on your own spiritual journey. How does this quote and our thoughts on the quote speak to your recovery program? Is your program where you want it to be? If so, take pride. If not, think about which of the Twelve Steps you need to work, and what action needs to be taken. We are firm believers that the Steps plus action will solve most problems.

Next on the page, you'll find a Prayer for the Day. We see prayer as an important action. Prayer is an act of reaching outside of yourself. Prayer is an act of asking for help in the task of being human. We suggest reading the Prayer for the Day, and if it fits for you, repeat it throughout the day. If it doesn't, take a few moments and come up with a personal prayer that fits for you. If none comes to mind, use the prayer suggested in Step Eleven, "Thy will be done." Remember, each day we are to turn our self-will over to our Higher Power. In doing so, we get the serenity the program promises.

Finally, you'll find a section named Action for the Day. Our illness was fed by a set of actions. Harmful, destructive actions. A recovery program is also about action. Daily spiritual action. Spiritual action helps us feel better about ourselves and safer in the world. In this section, you'll be asked to take action that is, we hope, made to strengthen your program. Again, if the action fits, do it. If not, think of one that fits for you.

Also in this book, you'll see that we use words like addict and addiction. As time changes, so does language. When we use these terms, we are speaking to both the alcoholic and the drug dependent person. We see no difference between the two. We believe both suffer from the same deadly disease. We ask you to see yourself in the pages, and not in any one word.

Recovery is a process of finding balance between mind, body, and soul. Hopefully, this book will help you find or strengthen this balance.

We thank you for letting us share a part of our spiritual journey with you. We wish you well on your spiritual journey. May you and your Higher Power have a wonderful relationship!


The Authors

January 1

We admitted we were powerless over alcohol . . .
—From Step One of Alcoholics Anonymous

In Step One, we accept our powerlessness over alcohol and other drugs. But we are powerless over many parts of life. We are powerless over other people. We are powerless over what our Higher Power has planned for us.|

Before recovery, we only believed in control. We tried to control everything. We fought against a basic truth, the truth that we are powerless over much of life.
When we accept this truth, we begin to see what power we do have. We have the power to make choices. When we're lonely, we have the power to reach out to others. We have the power to be honest or to lie. We have power over how we live our own lives.

Prayer for the Day
Higher Power, help me to know that it's You who is running my life. Help me to know that power comes from accepting I am powerless.

Action for the Day
I am powerless over much of life. Today I'll look to see how this is true. I'll look to see what I really have control over and what I don't.

January 2
. . . our lives had become unmanageable.
—Second half of Step One

The First Step tells us a lot about addiction. We were out of control. Our addiction was in control. Addiction managed everything. It managed our relationships. It managed how we behaved with our families. As Step One says, ". . . our lives had become unmanageable."

But we pretended we managed our lives. What a lie! Addiction ran our lives—not us. We weren't honest with ourselves. Our program heals us through self-honesty. We feel better just speaking the truth. We are becoming good people with spiritual values. Our spiritual journey has begun.

Prayer for the Day
Higher Power, I give You my life to manage. When I'm faced with a choice, I'll ask myself, "What would my Higher Power choose for me?"

Action for the Day
Today, I'll be honest with a friend about how unmanageable my life had become.

January 3

Never play leapfrog with a unicorn.
—Unknown

As we work Step One, we accept that alcohol and other drugs are poison to us. We accept our limits. This means we know that hanging around our drinking or using "buddies" can remind us of "the good old days." Hanging around "slippery places" means we could "slip" back into our old ways. This isn't testing our sobriety; it's being reckless with it.

So, let's accept our limits. Everybody has limits. When we know our limits, we protect our recovery against the people and places that pull us from our spiritual center. This is what true acceptance means.

Prayer for the Day
I pray for true acceptance. Higher Power, help me to stay away from slippery places. I will protect the gift You've given me.

Action for the Day
Today, I'll list the people and places that are risky for me to be around. I will share this list with my sponsor, my group, and my sober friends.

 

©2008. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Keep It Simple by Hazelden Meditations. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Hazelden Publishing, PO Box 176 , Center City, MN  55012-0176.

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This is a wonderful book for daily use in recovery.
Richard A. Singer Jr.
It gives great suggestions on how to put the readings into action in words that anyone can understand.
Mary Lou Cincinnati
Recommend it to any person working any of the 12 step programs.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By C. Scagliola on March 30, 2002
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I purchased this reader for someone just starting out with a 12 step program. I couldn't get this person to attend daily nor weekly meetings BUT, I could get them to read this daily reader. After just a few weeks of committing to this reader, they have now found the courage to start attending meetings. I can speak rather highly of most if not all of the Hazelden publications!
Another great book is "The Language Of Letting Go" by Melody Beattie. This too is a wonderful daily reader that, can help with those times when life just seems too heavy. I've lived under the tree of therapy professionals now for 23 years so, trust me when I tell you, you can't go wrong with either of these books.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 2001
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This book is designed for those in the beginning or renewal stages of recovery. I was in the renewal stage but found the quotes a little simple. They are all quite short which may be good for beginniners, or people who like such kinds of quotes.
Each month represents one step in the 12 steps of recovery, and the quotes for each month do include parts of the steps and prayers, along with AA slogans. Each day has a quote, followed by a writing as per usual. It has a nice touch of adding not only a prayer for the day but also an action for the day too.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 22, 2001
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This book covers almost every topic you could imagine. It offers solutions not only for recovery but for a way of living one's daily life to the fullest. This book is wonderful to use in recovery meetings and offers a great number of group participation! This book is also an asset to read on a daily basis in order to start one's day! I highly recommend it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MrLuckey on June 12, 2012
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I was supprised at the wisdom and clarity of the book. I expected long prayers or ideas for drunks. Wrong the Meditation for the Day and Prayer for the Day are right where I need to be. Little bit of truth and God's word each day and repeated everyonce in a while works.
If what ever you are doing works and gives you hope for better, keep it. If not try this word it can make a change for the good.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By F. D. Robertson on July 27, 2007
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If you see a review for this literature (which is helpful in maintaining a daily spiritual focus) that denounces AA, just know that there are many ignorant people who oppose AA and call it a cult. It actually does not qualify as a cult by definition. The real fact is that the cult-like focus on sobriety is a good thing for those who have become enslaved by substance abuse. AA is the "milk" that brings them to the "meat" of the issue-spirituality. The Big Book of AA talks about God a great deal of the time, prepares people to have an encounter with Him, and says that is the purpose of the book. Drunks will otherwise never encounter God. This book helps those of us who are staying sober also stay mentally healthy, unlike those who would criticize the thing that is helping us. Do they also not believe in doctors?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Ritzert on September 3, 2010
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A young lady I know has just entered a rehab clinic for a problem with drug use. While there, she read a house copy of this book, and loved it so much that she asked for her own copy, which we bought through Amazon. Her mom tells me that she has been doing well in rehab.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Singer Jr. on August 12, 2006
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This is a wonderful book for daily use in recovery. Daily meditation is powerful in the healing process and can act as a guide through our 24 hours sober. Remember thats all sobrity is is 24 hours sober. Best of wishes and enjoy your daily journey of recovery one step at a time. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blueluna59 on December 30, 2013
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I started reading this within my first 24 hours of sobriety. Since, it was close to the end of the year, I'll read it again this new year. Great insight!
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