Monthly Reflections on the 12 Steps from EAI Board
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.
“I pray to something to help make my life manageable. I meditate on the fact that I am powerless over my emotions and my life, and also in order to humble myself. I think to myself, ‘Ok, if I am powerless and if I am smart, I better depend on something more powerful than me.’ I have to go back to Step 1, Step 2, and then Step 3. It behooves me to do just that.
I pray for direction. I have learned to pause. And in that pause, that powerful pause, I gain perspective. I lived my life impulsively and reactively. Today I have learned to act on life rather than react to it. Reacting to life made my life turbulent; of course. The course of my life depended on what happened around me. Today it depends on my seeking and following God's will for me and my life. In doing so, I have been privileged to enjoy a life that is happy, joyous, and free: the ultimate promise of this program. When I am not happy, joyous, and free, I go back and reevaluate my priorities and go back to Steps 1, 2, and 3. Thank you for reading and thank you for allowing me to serve.” — Derita P., EAI Treasurer
"If I live each day believing that the outlook for my life is completely within my hands, every mistake that I make becomes a condemnation of my abilities. If I instead release control of the outcomes in my life and focus on God's will for me, I can be satisfied at the end of each day that I am doing what I can to fulfill that. The more that I work the EA steps and attend meetings, the easier it is to grasp what God's will is for me. All that's left then is to pray for the ability to carry it out." — Paul N., EAI President
"Even in my darkest days, I can do “the next right thing” by connecting with my Higher Power via meditation, spiritual reading, prayer, or reflection. Sometimes the Serenity Prayer is more a call for help than anything. When that is the case, I have to accept that I am still living to the best of my ability, that the program is still at work in my life, and that where I am right now is just where I need to be. Following my Higher Power’s will for me may not result in rainbows and unicorns but it will result in deep, honest connection with myself and others." — Colleen C., EAI Secretary