Jun 16: Prayer, Meditation and Self-Examination

Prayer, Meditation and Self-Examination

For this week I have chosen the last paragraph of Step 11, page 105 of the 12×12 (Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions).

The sentiments expressed about prayer, meditation and self-examination hit the nail on the head for me because those three activities interwoven for us and by us alleviate the awful loneliness deep in the heart of every alcoholic. The paragraph follows:

“Perhaps one of the greatest rewards of meditation and prayer is the sense of belonging that comes to us. We no longer live in a completely hostile world. We are no longer lost and frightened and purposeless. The moment we catch even a glimpse of God’s will, the moment we begin to see truth, justice, and love as the real and eternal things in life, we are no longer deeply disturbed by all the seeming evidence to the contrary that surrounds us in purely human affairs. We know that God lovingly watches over us. We know that when we turn to Him, all will be well with us, here and hereafter.”

Please share your feelings and ideas about this section; for me it underscores the great meaning of spiritual over material values making truth, love and justice the real and enduring things in life despite seeming evidence to the contrary that surrounds us.