This year members were encouraged to add their comments to the EA Trustees' thoughts on the monthly reflection. Please consider submitting your own reflection. The order of the Principles and Steps follow the calendar months.
In the early 1950’s Twelve Steps groups began informally sharing what became known as the Principles of the 12 Steps, which is our focus in 2018. Each Step has a corresponding Principle to keep in mind. The Principles are found in the It Works If You Work It book on pages 33-34.
The 12 Principles— Spiritual Awareness: Step 11: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood
Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
In the early 1950’s Twelve Steps groups began informally sharing what has become known as the Principles of the 12 Steps. Each step has a corresponding principle that one can keep in mind when working the steps. Below are the submissions on how Spiritual Awareness factors into Step 11.
There’s external noise all around us, and unfortunately, our minds are full of chitter-chatter day in and day out. We’re stressed with all of the activity we’re involved in. It’s these things that made us sick in the first place. Thanks to the work of Step 11 and the Principle of this step, we’re able to enter into a deeper and perhaps more gratifying relationship with our Higher Power, and we do this through prayer and meditation which are nothing more than listening to our inner selves which can lead to serenity and peace of mind. Personally, I am very comfortable with simply listening to the promptings of my Higher Power. It’s my time simply to be with me in my own comfort zone, as I am. During my prayer, I’m very much aware of the gift of the Promises, especially being able to handle difficult situations which used to baffle me. Thank you Higher Power! - Gus S. - President - EA Board of Trustees
Spiritual Awareness is a key to me successfully working my EA program. Practicing mindfulness is something I’ve attended to for years – being present to what’s going on right now through prayer and meditation. I must remove distractions so I can focus on what’s important. If I’m alert to what’s going on now, I can be responsible in my responses to this moment. Spiritual Awareness matters - in terms of being aware of my H.P.’s intention for me! Oddly enough, if I am focused too much on religious/ theological/ideas/beliefs, I can get confused in my spiritual awareness. I must keep in mind that the H.P. I turn to for healing/well-being in my mind and in my emotions might be vastly different from some of the biblical and “churchy” things I had been taught previously. My H.P.’s will for me is wholeness, peace, joy, and love. That’s enough for now. - Scott J. - Vice President - EA Board of Trustees
We are here to LISTEN, not to work miracles. We are here to help you discover what you are FEELING, not to make your feelings go away. We are here to help you identify YOUR OPTIONS, not to decide for you what you should do. We are here to help you DISCOVER your own STRENGTH, not to rescue you and leave you still vulnerable. We are here to help you DISCOVER YOU CAN HELP YOURSELF, not to take responsibility for you. We are here to help you learn to CHOOSE, not to make it unnecessary for you to make decisions. We are here to provide support for CHANGE. - Anonymous
If you would like to submit your reflection for publication consideration, email it to email@example.com by the 15th of the month prior to publication. EA needs member involvement! Please keep your submissions to 100 words.