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About the Author

Karen Casey is the best-selling author of Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Practicing the Course, Keepers of the Wisdom, and numerous other books. She has also written two books for girls: Girls Only! and Girl to Girl. Her signature book, Each Day a New Beginning, has sold three million copies. Karen enjoys golfing and riding her Harley with her husband. She lives in Minneapolis, and Naples, Florida.

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Introduction

It takes strength to step enthusiastically into each day of our lives. This strength comes more readily on some days than on others, but every day makes demands on us.

Personal experience has taught us that centering ourselves in the face of these demands smoothes our passage. To get centered means to sense our place in the grand scheme and to trust the rightness of all experiences that beckon.

It is our hope that these brief daily meditations will help you find your place, and thus help you summon the forces to see you through the days ahead. We both follow a Twelve Step program for sane living, and openness is an integral part of this approach. Healing, help, and wisdom may come from anywhere so we gathered these quotations from men and women of many lands and times, and let them stimulate our own reflections.

Taking responsibility for our own lives, trusting in the rightness of a plan--however we may define the higher power that is its source, and nurturing ourselves to be the best we can; these are the tasks that renew our energies even as we perform them.

The words we have chosen remind us that women and men in every place and time have pondered, struggled, succeeded, and failed in much the same way as we. In every case, they had the drive to begin their journeys anew, day after day. They are like all of us. We are like all of them: journeying forth courageously one day, tentatively the next. The real importance of the journey is simply that we're making it, alone and yet mysteriously together.
—the authors


January 1

One faces the future with one's past.
—Pearl S. Buck

We are never divorced from our past. We are in company with it forever, and it acquaints us with the present. Our responses today reflect our experiences yesterday. And those roots lie in the past.

Every day is offering us preparation for the future, for the lessons to come, without which we'd not offer our full measure to the design which contains the development of us all.

Our experiences, past and present, are not coincidental. We will be introduced to those experiences that are consistent with our talents and the right lessons designated for the part we are requested to play in life. We can remember that no experiences will attract us that are beyond our capabilities to handle.

All is well. I'm ready for whatever comes today. My yesterdays have prepared me.


January 2

One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach, one can collect only a few.
—Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Our lives are a series of selections. We select projects to do, activities to participate in, friendships to cultivate. And often we'll have to forego some of the selections we've made because time and energy run out. Full commitment, total involvement with singular activities and few friendships, is far better than partial attention to many. Rapt attention to the moment and all of whatever it contains enriches our lives; nothing less than full attention can do so.

The talents we each have been blessed with can only be developed if we use them fully to benefit the lives of others as well as our own. Thus, when our selections are vast, our attention is sporadic and our talents aren't fully developed. The fullness of our lives individually and collectively is proportionate to the depth of the relationships developed between ourselves, our friends, and our activities.

I can't be everywhere today. Nor can I attend to the needs of everybody I meet. I will carefully choose where to give my attention and then offer it totally.


January 3

. . . goodness cannot adopt the form of blind passions, even in the act of defense and offense, and even when it refuses to tolerate evil. . . .
—Benedetto Croce

Willful blindness can't be good. To shut out any sight from the mind's eye is to exclude part of life. Any action blindly taken is likely to do unintentional harm.
It's not easy, when we're in the grip of any strong feeling, to stop ourselves from acting on blind impulse. It's not easy, but it's wise. Yielding to an impulse, without giving ourselves time to "see" it through clearly, can set us up for guilt or regret.

We needn't know everything in order to act; we merely need to know ourselves. "Blind passion" hides most of ourselves from view. Passion may move us to great selflessness, but never to great clarity, and good actions come from the clear-seeing soul.

I can trust myself to mistrust blind passion, and to wait for clarity before I take action.

©2008. All rights reserved. Reprinted from The Promise of a New Day by Karen Casey, Martha Vanceburg. 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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Product Details

  • Series: Meditation Series
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Hazelden; Reissue edition (October 1, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0894862030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0894862038
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 3.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I was born in Lafayette, IN and moved to Minneapolis, MN in 1964. I taught elementary school for a few years and then pursued a graduate degree at the University of MN. I graduated with a Ph.D. in 1979. I published my first book, EACH DAY A NEW BEGINNING: DAILY MEDITATIONS FOR WOMEN with Hazelden Publishing in 1982. It has been followed by the publication of 28 other books, the most recent of which is Living Long, Living Passionately. This book includes 75 essays on how to seek and then embrace our purpose as we age. See www.womens-spirituality.com for a complete listing and description and for a link to my blog. My focus as a writer is on the development of spiritual growth and strengthening one's twelve step recovery, and my personal experience is what I rely on, coupled with the wisdom I glean from the many people I walk among in the rooms of AA and Al-Anon. When I am not in front of the computer writing, I am likely giving a lecture or doing a workshop some where. I have spoken to tens of thousands world-wide over my forty year tenure in recovery rooms. From each experience my gratitude grows. And from each experience, my commitment grows to continue doing what brings my life such joy.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 2, 2000
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I had this book prior to this re-release and have used it off and on until just recently, when I needed to refocus on my inner-connectedness to the world around me. I have started reading the passages daily, sometimes more than once.
This book has a meditation or thought-provoking passage for each day of the year, including leap years. It always seems to me that issues I have been wrestling with are discussed in this little book exactly when I need to see something on a particular subject.
There is an index both by subject and author of the various passages in the book, so if you are interested in a certain topic, you can use the subject index in the back of the book. I found this to be particularly helpful when I had specific issues I wanted to reflect upon and needed some food for thought.
I have purchased this book as a gift for two dear friends in the last month or so, and would highly recommend this to anyone reflecting or pondering personal issues of great import.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert C. Beiter on February 10, 2008
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This is one of the best little books I own. It is a book of daily readings that touch on all the things that life brings and that we as humans need to focus on for a good life. It is literally the best and most meaningful daily reader I have ever come across. It is not a religious book. It is a book about life and living. I have purchased at least 6 copies thus far as I give them to friends...and I have never found anyone disagree with my opinion of the book. Try it, you will love it. R. Beiter, Chicago
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Singer Jr. on August 16, 2006
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I don't think we as human beings actually recognize the power of daily reading, meditation, and reflecting. Practicing these powerful principles allows us to remain mindful of the moment and reflect upon the deeper question in our lives. To devote ourself to a daily meditation and to journal on these quiet times is priceless and will certainly aid in the evolution of our soul. For me this practice has allowed an awakening to take place and opens my life up to all the opportunities that are available in this universe. Please give this practice a try! This book will help you in your journey of living and cultivating an active consciousness in your daily life.

Richard A. Singer Jr. Author Your Daily Walk with the Great Minds of the Past and Present.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 27, 2010
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I love this book. I have had it for over 10 years and I recently purchased copies to give as gifts. It is non-religious inspiration for every day with quotes from history's and literature's best minds. I also use it as a yearly diary to record important events (birthday, aniversaries, etc.)I have a copy at work and I read the day's meditation before I start working. It always seems to put things in perspective.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kristen Villers on December 31, 2007
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A nice book of inspiring thoughts. As a big fan of Max Lucado's Grace for the moment I really enjoy the daily reminders to help start my day. Wanting to stay away from a "religious" perpsective I purchased this book to give as a gift to several co-workers, and ended up purchasing one for myself!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robin Bathke on March 15, 2014
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My daughter loved this book of daily meditations and starts her day with a reading every morning. Also would be good for a daily reading to start a yoga class every day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sherry R. on June 26, 2006
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I had originally ordered this book for myself and after reading many of the reflections I ordered several more for friends. I can't express enough how important is to me to look at other views on things in life. This book give me an opportunity to look at the readings and how they relate so much to what's happening in my life. It's a good way to get out of yourself for a few minutes without picking up a mind altering substance. I would recommend it to anyone to read in the morning or before going to sleep. I get my day started with a fresh thought for the day. One of the ladies I purchased it for reads in the evening and it really does help her rest better after a hectic day and everything is still racing especially up in her head.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Celeste Reyes on December 16, 2012
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THIS IS THE SECOND ORDER I PLACE FOR THIS BOOK. I NEVER RECEIVED THE FIRST ONE...AND THIS ONE, PLACED ON NOVEMBER 25TH IS ON THE SAME TRACK. MY SIS LEAVES FOR ANTARTICA TOMORROW...AND YES i AM YELLING. THIS WAS A GIFT FROM A DEAR FRIEND, AND I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A GREAT GIFT FOR MY SISTER TOO, BUT NO, SHE DID NOT GET. THANKS AMAZON FOR RUINING IT!
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