With our phones left behind and our computers turned off we hiked through a Saturday completely technology free. We walked down a grassy hill to a lake and talked of it’s beauty acknowledging the lack of technology to get in-between us and the moment.
Lingering from the previous day’s inspiration was my desire to recite the simply profound paragraph in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous that, as far as I’m concerned, is the most profound series of words ever written.
Without access to google we stumbled on words and phrases. We first figured out the cadence, humming the parts we couldn’t remember. Slowly, each contributing various phrases, we re-assembled “The Promises” from within us, from the hundreds or thousands of times we’d read them aloud in fellowship.
They weren’t perfect or complete in any way– We spent the afternoon in laughter and curiosity as we dug within ourselves for the sacred words. It reminded me how so much of what we really need is already within us.
Remembering. That’s the ultimate spiritual practice.
page 83 & 84 of the Big Book
“If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.
Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us — sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.”