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A Meditation

when we retire at night, we constructively review our day

were we resentful, selfish, dishonest or afraid 

do we owe an apology

have we kept something to ourselves which should be discussed with another person at once

were we kind and loving toward all

what could we have done better

were we thinking of ourselves most of the time

or were we thinking of what we could do for others

of what we could pack into the stream of life

but we must be careful not to drift into worry, remorse or morbid reflection

for that would diminish our usefulness to others

after making our review we ask God's forgiveness 

and inquire what corrective measures should be taken.

on awakening let us think about the twenty-four hours ahead

we consider our plans for the day

before we begin, we ask God to direct our thinking

especially asking that it be divorced from self-pity, dishonest or self-seeking motives

under these conditions we can employ our mental faculties with assurance

for after all God gave us brains to use

our thought- life will be placed on a much higher plane

when our thinking is cleared of wrong motives.

in thinking about our day we may face indecision

we may not be able to determine which course to take

here we ask God for inspiration, an intuitive thought or a decision

we relax and take it easy, we don't struggle

we are often surprised how the right answers come 

after we have tried this for a while

what used to be the hunch or the occasional inspiration 

gradually becomes a working part of the mind

being still inexperienced and having just made conscious contact with God

it is not probable that we are going to be inspired at all times

we might pay for this presumption in all sorts of absurd actions and ideas

nevertheless, we find that our thinking will, as time passes, be more and more on the plane of inspiration

we come to rely upon it.

we usually conclude the period of meditation with a prayer 

that we be shown all through the day what our next step is to be

that we be given whatever we need to take care of such problems

we ask especially for freedom from self-will

and are careful to make no request for ourselves only

we may ask for ourselves, however, if others will be helped

we are careful never to pray for our own selfish ends

many of us have wasted a lot of time doing that and it doesn't work

you can easily see why

Big Book,  p86