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Motivational Meditation Monday: Keep Calm and Don’t Worry

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keep calm and don't worryKeep calm and don't worry because we are about to take this week's Motivational Meditation Monday to another level. A great way to meditate for many in recovery is to reflect upon readings, poems, or even art work. This week we are going to focus on a poem many of you have heard in the rooms before. It's called Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow. If you have a problem with letting go of the past, forgetting to stay in the present, and fearing the future, then you should read on. If you have already heard this poem before, you should still read on, It never hurts to be reminded. We invite you to keep calm and don't worry just for today. 

Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow

There are two days in every week
about which we should not worry,
Two days which should be kept free of fear and apprehension.

One of these days is YESTERDAY,
With its mistakes and cares,
Its faults and blunders,
Its aches and pains.
YESTERDAY has passed forever beyond our control.

All the money in the world cannot bring back YESTERDAY.
We cannot undo a single act we performed;
We cannot erase a single word we said.
YESTERDAY is gone.

The other day we should not worry about is TOMORROW
with its possible adversities, its burdens, its larger promise.
TOMORROW is also beyond our immediate control.

TOMORROW, the sun will rise,
Either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds,
But it will rise.
Until it does, we have no stake in TOMORROW
For it is as yet unborn.

This leaves only one day – TODAY.
Any man can fight the battles of just one day.
It is only when you and I add the burdens of those two awful eternities
– YESTERDAY and TOMORROW -That we break down.

It is not the experience of TODAY that drives men mad.
It is remorse or bitterness for something which happened YESTERDAY
and the dread of what TOMORROW may bring.

Let us, therefore, live but ONE day at a time.

Author Unknown

Meditation: Keep Calm and Don't Worry

Worrying is what alcoholics/addicts do best, it’s something that is deep within our fibers of our perceived logic. We worry about getting sober, we worry about staying sober, we worry about life when we finally are sober; we worry about health, home, transportation, work, and even the fact that we worry too much. That’s kind of what we are used to. For many of us, we saw that we were living in fear most of our lives and we eventually sought escape from our worries.  We found that a bottle would take away those fears long enough for us to breath. What we later found out, is that we no longer went to the bottle for escape, we went there because we couldn’t control a craving. The bottle, which used to be our solution, slowly became our destruction; it no longer worked for us.

Welcome to recovery, we have good news and bad news. The good news is; you’ve got your feelings back. The bad news is; you’ve got your feelings back. Has anyone ever heard that saying in the rooms before? How true it is.  Part of getting sober for the first year is PAWS (Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome) and how to cope with those feelings. The other part of sobriety is continuing long-term without escaping to a substance. Learning how to cope with feelings when we are in fear is part of recovery. As time passes through working a program of recovery, we learn how to handle our fears and how to determine if they rational or irrational. One of the main techniques used by most people in recovery is often a form or prayer and/or mediation. 

An addict/alcoholics mind is sometimes referred to as a hamster in spinning wheel, never ending thoughts.  Sitting silently and reflecting on a meditation, or even a poem like the one above, can help bring clarity and peace to an otherwise cluttered situation.  Sometimes we just have to sit back, let go, and let our Higher Power do the work. This can be difficult for those of us who are always trying to control everything. It’s that very same control that makes our lives unmanageable. We found that our lives went much smoother when we stopped trying to run the show. We found we feared less about life and worried less about yesterday, today, and tomorrow when we implemented a program of recovery into all our affairs, and into our daily lives. 

If you are struggling with fear or worry, we invite you to participate in a meditation challenge. Try reading the poem above for 30 days straight, you will be amazed at what you find. After you have completed the meditation challange, we invite you to share your experience with us on Facebook and to keep calm and don't worry. 

Written By: Watershed Ashling

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