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Old 11-26-2009, 08:36 AM
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OT Book request

Can someone recomend a daily meditaiton book. One that touches on other things than God and religion. A spiritual book but not religious is what I mean.
I have Body, Mind and Spirit right now by Hazelden. But it is real religious in some of the passeges. I would like more in the moment and inner self type of thing.
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Old 11-26-2009, 09:29 AM
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I like "Peace Is Every Step" by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh.

It has little pieces on walking meditation, transforming negative feelings, (garbage into flowers), mindfullness, conscious breathing, compassion.
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Old 11-26-2009, 09:52 AM
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AA's Daily Reflections is good, but there are religious passages and mentions of the dreaded G word. I would be interested in something like this myself so I am all ears.
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Old 11-26-2009, 10:09 AM
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Not sure about books, but I like the site livinglifefully.com

There is a section for spiritual meditations, but the daily posts are not religious per se.

Here is what is posted for Nov 26th:

Today's Quotation:

A bag of apples, a pot of homemade jam, a scribbled note,
a bunch of golden flowers, a coloured pebble, a box of
seedlings, an empty scent bottle for the children. . . . Who
needs diamonds and van-delivered bouquets?

Pam Brown

Today's Meditation:

What do we want? Are our wants sabotaging our feelings of contentment and happiness? It seems pretty obvious that the simpler we keep our wants, the easier it will be to find contentedness and happiness. The more complicated or expensive the things that we want, the more difficult it becomes to attain them, and then we find that much of our effort and energy in life is spent in the struggle to attain material things, when that time and effort could be spent in so many other ways that can make us so much happier.

The expectations that we choose to have are one way that we determine how we feel. If our expectations are very high, and if our feelings depend on whether or not those expectations are met, then we're setting ourselves up for many disappointments. If we always expect things that cost a great deal of money, then someone has to work very hard to make that money, and then spend it on us.

If, on the other hand, we make ourselves able to see the incredible beauty in the bag of apples, if we allow ourselves to feel the joy of the expectation of their taste, if we choose to be aware of the miracle of growth that apples represent, then we can make ourselves richer in life without gaining a single material product. If we can keep alive our recognition of the wonders of life, then our lives will be filled with wonder, and all of our days will be filled with bright moments as we realize just what a joy it is to be alive and to be able to partake of such things.

All day, every day, we're exposed to wonderful things in this life. The question is, do we choose to see the simpler things as wonderful, or do we lose out on the beauty and magic that they can add to our experiences while we're here on this planet?

Questions to ponder:

1. What are some of the simpler things that
we tend not to see as marvelous?

2. Why do so many people need the expensive
things to keep them "happy"?

3. How might our lives change if we're able
to see the marvelous in the simple?

For further thought:
The fewer desires, the more peace.

Thomas Wilson
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Old 11-26-2009, 10:39 AM
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"Gardening the soul".......sister stanislaus kennedy.

ISBN 1-903650-05-4.

i enjoy it.....
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Old 11-26-2009, 10:42 AM
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Hey Trish .. Im notta Bookie . but Matty and another were speakin bout a book in chat last nite ( jan ? ) something is the writer i think . ask him hes way good with all sorta books
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Old 11-26-2009, 11:01 AM
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Trish, I know of a great one that I've been wanting to get for myself. Let me dig through all my dead brains cells and see if I can remember it. I think I "get" you and I am willing to bet you'll love the book as much as I do. I know they sell them in the recovery section/stores.........ok, brain will work on this one and I'll get back to you. Have a great TG!!!! XO
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Old 11-26-2009, 11:07 AM
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Thx guys. I like that one smacked. It fits me well. I am too focused on being successul financially sometimes that it makes my problems worse. Everyone wants nice things. but I have to remember that material things dont buy happiness.
Thx for that one.
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Old 11-26-2009, 11:18 AM
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I like "Laugh, thought I'd Die" by Anne Wilson Schaef.

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Narcotics Anonymous 'Just for Today'

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Old 11-26-2009, 03:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Lenina View Post
I like "Laugh, thought I'd Die" by Anne Wilson Schaef.

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I checked to see if they had all of these books available on paperbackswap.com. They only had this one, so I ordered it.
If you all like to read and dont know about this site. Its great.
When you sign up and post 10 books to swap they give you 2 free credits. It works on a credit swapping basis instead of like alot of others where you have to have a book the other [person wants if you want one they have.
I have gotten alot fo books already. And yes have been reading alot since I joined. Even has a wish list. So if you want a certain book and no one has it posted. Put it on your wish list and as soon as someone does post that book it will let them know you want it and will send a request for it.
I love the site.
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Old 11-26-2009, 11:58 PM
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We've got so many meditation books, but if I had to pick just one it'd be Journey To The Heart by Melody Beattie. Not necessarily recovery related, it's just good day-to-day "life on life's terms" readings. I hope you find you you like and find helpful Trish.
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Old 11-27-2009, 12:30 AM
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Trish,

I'm glad you were able to find the book. I really enjoy it.

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Old 11-27-2009, 03:59 AM
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I have found the Daily "Elder Meditations" from White Bison very helpful, they come right to your email if you sign up for them:

Native American, culture, healing, programs, Indian, spiritual, health, ceremony, care

Check it out, and there is nothing to buy, they are free for the reading.

Love and hugs,
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Old 12-02-2009, 02:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Lenina View Post
I like "Laugh, thought I'd Die" by Anne Wilson Schaef.

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I got this book in the mail today. Its simple and sensible. Just right.
Thx for the suggestion.
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Old 12-03-2009, 02:56 AM
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I like "The Invitation" By Oriah Mountain Dreamer. Its a book but also the name of one of her poems
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Old 12-03-2009, 05:40 AM
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Amazon.com: Earth Prayers From around the World: 365 Prayers, Poems, and Invocations for Honoring the Earth (9780062507464): Elizabeth Roberts: Books
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