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Daily Thought 06-09-08

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Our PAA symbol has five sides-
Unity
Service
Truth
Recovery
Freedom

What do they represent?

It is a “WE” program.

With Unity, we get Service, which gives us the courage to seek the Truth, so that we can begin the Journey of Recovery towards the life of Freedom from PA.

Through the admission of powerlessness in the first step, “We admitted…”, we get Unity.

Together we do service by sharing our experience, strength and hope with each other, setting up meetings, sponsoring, helping others and other PA’s and other actions which support Unity. As we build on the previous foundations, we ask god for the courage to find our truth by going through the steps to recovery that leads to freedom from porn addiction.

Daily Thought 6-05-08

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

Uncovering the falsehoods about some belief behind the triggers are our goal. We have a power greater than ourselves that we can turn to in our times of weakness, strength and need.

The shame and fear of being found out about our “secret” addiction is what perhaps keeps the cycle going and keeps us from healthy relationship with others – sexual or otherwise.

Behind that is a fear of rejection: not being able to please someone, and not being good enough. This also leads to placing more power on someone else’s opinion of ourselves over our own.

SP

Daily Thought 6-4-08

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

What happens if we falter? Get weak? Fail?

We ask god in a simple way to take us back to our path – the path that we and our higher power have started to walk. We must turn from the selfish indulgences of shame, guilt, fear and remorse. They only make the thinking worse.

We can pray and take action to help others.

The third step prayer for PAA can be helpful when used daily:

God, I offer you all my emotions, thoughts and actions in order for you to guide me in my journey of recovery. I ask that you show me the path to acceptance of self and others and freedom from selfish actions by doing your will. Let me be an example of your graciousness to others in all my actions and thoughts so that I may become recovered from this state of mind and body.

We let go, and we we let god take us to the place he needs us to be in.

SP

Daily Thoughts 6-3-08

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

One day free from addiction is a goal.

As we hear in almost all 12-step programs, “One day at a time”.

We can do almost anything one day at a time. If we leave tomorrow to God, and yesterday in the past, we can stay in the moment.

In the moment that we are in, we can change our thinking and actions by turning them over to a higher power and not doing harmful actions to ourselves or anyone around us.

As we stop thinking about our addiction and the behavior moment by moment and focus on the rest of our lives, the obsession lifts.

Soon, we have met our goal of one more day day addiction free, just letting God handle the moments.

SP

Daily Thought 5-31-08

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Sometimes we feel like we will never accomplish our goals. Success seems far away. But like any major undertaking, each small step leads to the larger goal.

Whatever we are looking to accomplish, no matter how large or small the goal might be, it is done through groups of small actions that together achieve the result.

Small actions add up.

If we want recovery in our addiction, we must take abstinence in small chunks of life…one second, one minute, one hour, one day at a time. Through the process we learn patience with ourselves and with our higher power.

Could any of us have believed that ONE day was possible when we started?

SP

Daily Thought 5-30-08

Friday, May 30th, 2008

As we continue to pray for the knowledge of God’s will for us, we are choosing, in those moments, to let Him paint the picture of our new lives.

When we choose addiction over recovery, we are in fact telling God what we think the pictures of our lives should look like.

God has a much better picture of our lives that only He has knowledge of.

In recovery, it is our job to let Him paint it. We are only to pray for the knowledge of it as we go through each moment in each day.

Sometimes we can only see a bit of color or texture in God’s picture, but more will be revealed as we continue to choose the path of recovery over addiction.

SP

Daily Thought 5-29-08

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

When we change our behavior, we begin to realize the futility of our actions. We see how many hours were wasted focusing on the addiction behavior while simultaneously neglecting other needs and opportunities.

Once we stop our addiction and turn our will over to a higher power, no matter what higher power we may believe in, or barely believe in, we become relieved of the shackles and chains that kept us in the cycle of addiction.

Now we have much more time on our hands. We are no longer wasting hours focused on ourselves in a hurtful manner.

We can pray, meditate, clean our living areas, cook, walk, jog, run, develop our careers and businesses and most of all, be returned to the humanity around us. We can be of use again in our higher power’s universe.

SP

Daily Thought 5-28-08

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

When my thoughts turn to behaviors that are self-damaging, I can use the tools of my program to turn my thoughts in a different and healthier direction.

What are the tools that we can use?

We first check to see if we have arrived at H.A.L.T. – Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired. If any of the four are present, we can eat, pray right away, do deep slow breathing, make phone calls to other members of the fellowship, go to meetings, and/or get some rest.

Sometimes there is no aparrent reason for our emotional change. As we leave old behaviors and thinking behind, we may experience a withdrawal from the changes. Prayer, Meditation, meetings, writing in a journal as we progress through the recovery, are all tools that we use to become recovered from this addiction.

SP

Daily Thought 5-27-08

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Today I will be free to feel my feelings. I do not have to act on them. I ask my higher power for the courage to change my thinking and behavior.

I can look at my behavior and see what feelings might be hiding behind my actions. The momentary change in my feelings that I get when acting out in my addiction is only that: temporary.

When I turn my life over to a higher power, I am on the path for acceptance and long term serenity.

SP