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The Promise of a New Day: A Book of Daily Meditations (Meditation Series) 2nd ed. Edition

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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; 2nd ed. edition (October 1, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0894862030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0894862038
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 0.8 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,101,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I LOVE this book, and try to read at least one reflection daily.... more often, if necessary to re-center myself. What I love most is that the reflections are the perfect length, and get to the point in very realistic, down-to-earth fashion. While I appreciate the occasional biblical references, sometimes I need to hear concrete ideas that I can relate to and that I can apply, in my own mind, at that moment. I will read this book over and over again, because even though they're the same readings, they touch my heart differently in each unique situation or frame of mind that I find myself in.
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a friend of mine introduced me to this book and i just had to get a copy. its a great for getting yourself going in the morning, so i keep it next the bed by my cellphone so its the first thing i read in morning. oh and this makes for good conversation and journal writing topics.
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I Love this Book. I have received it as a gift about 6months ago and I liked it so much and shared with friends and co-workers different pages that I bought 3 books. Gave 2 of them as gifts to co-workers and 1 to a friend. They enjoy it as well. Somedays its exactly what I needed to hear by reading it daily. I'm so glad I h=found it on Amazon that I am going to purchase more and spread the word of this amazing writer.
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The book is excellent. I love reading each day a thought that mirrors mine. This book was in okay condition with the pages a bit yellowed. Still this does not interfere with the message on each page. I would buy from this seller again.
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I'm not a tree hugger, nor am I some sort of guy that believes that magic stones or fairy tales can help you. What i do know is that science has made our physical lives better. I know that there is an element of sociology in our lives that is hard to deal with, hard to understand, and hard to manage. The promise of a new day book was recommended to my wife and I by a friend. It has proven to be quite informative and helpful in dealing with the emotions of life and relationships. I highly recommend this book. Not too preachy, and gives some solid decent advice.
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