Just For Today | July 3 | Quiet Time

“Many of us have found that setting aside quiet time for ourselves is helpful in making conscious contact with our Higher Power.”
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The Importance of Quiet Time

Most of us pay lip-service to the value of conscious contact with a Higher Power. Yet how many of us consistently take time to improve that conscious contact? If we’ve not already established a regular regimen of prayer and meditation, today is the day to start one. A “quiet time” need not be long. Many of us find that twenty to thirty minutes is enough time to quiet ourselves, focus our attention with a spiritual reading, share our thoughts and concerns in prayer, and take a few moments to listen for an answer in meditation.

Consistency Over Duration

Our “quiet time” need not be lengthy to be effective, provided it is consistent. Twenty minutes taken once a month to pray will probably do little but frustrate us with the poor quality of our conscious contact. Twenty minutes taken regularly each day, however, renews and reinforces an already lively contact with our Higher Power. In the hustle and bustle of the recovering addict’s day, many of us end up going from morning to night without taking time out to improve our conscious contact with the God we’ve come to understand.

Establishing a Routine

However, if we set aside a particular time of the day, every day, as ‘quiet time,” we can be sure that our conscious contact will improve. Establishing a routine can help integrate this practice into our daily lives. Whether it’s in the morning, during lunch, or before bed, having a set time can make it easier to maintain consistency.

Steps for Effective Quiet Time

  1. Find a Quiet Place: Choose a location where you won’t be disturbed. This could be a room in your house, a park, or any place that feels peaceful to you.
  2. Set a Timer: Decide on the length of your quiet time and set a timer to help you stay focused.
  3. Spiritual Reading: Begin with a spiritual reading to center your thoughts and set the tone for your quiet time.
  4. Prayer: Share your thoughts and concerns with your Higher Power. Speak openly and honestly.
  5. Meditation: Spend a few moments in silence, listening for guidance or answers. This is a time to be still and receptive.

Benefits of Regular Quiet Time

Regular quiet time has numerous benefits for those in recovery. It enhances our spiritual connection, providing us with strength and clarity. It also reduces stress and anxiety, creating a sense of peace and calm. Over time, this practice can lead to a deeper understanding of ourselves and our Higher Power, fostering spiritual growth.

Overcoming Barriers

Starting a new routine can be challenging, especially with the demands of daily life. Here are some tips to help overcome common barriers:

  • Start Small: If twenty minutes feels overwhelming, begin with five or ten minutes and gradually increase the time.
  • Be Flexible: If you miss a session, don’t be discouraged. Get back on track as soon as possible.
  • Stay Committed: Remind yourself of the benefits and keep your commitment to this practice.
  • Seek Support: Share your intention with a friend or sponsor who can provide encouragement and accountability.

A New Pattern for Recovery

Just for today: I will set aside a few moments, once I finish reading today’s entry, to pray and meditate. This will be the beginning of a new pattern for my recovery. By committing to this practice, we take an important step towards nurturing our spiritual well-being. As we grow in our recovery, our conscious contact with our Higher Power will deepen, guiding us through the challenges and triumphs of our journey.

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