As our Depressed Anonymous mutual-aid group began to grow, I felt that something was missing. We already had our Big Book, Depressed Anonymous and the accompanying The Depressed Anonymous Workbook. We needed something practical for our groups, giving them a unique boost for each day of the year. This boost would be short reflections, namely a Higher Thought, giving each of us, an affirmation that when applied to our own struggle with depression, would counteract the negative thinking and behaviors ruling our life. The beauty of this very unique daily book of meditations and reflections, centers our efforts to overcoming depression, using the 12 spiritual principles of the 12 Steps.
What matters most for those of us in the fellowship and newcomers to the program of recovery is to have a meditation book that deals with depression and the spiritual pathways that lead away and out of depression. The 213 pages, along with reflections for everyday of the year, help keep the focus on ourselves, on what depression feels and looks like with multiple solution focused possibilities of recovery.
At the end of every Higher Thought reflection we have a powerful short meditation keeping us centered on the belief that a power greater than ourselves will restore and help us reconnect with life, plus presenting us with hope and a belief that life will get better.
We are happy to be able to have such a book in our hands which talks to us where we live and is dedicated to march us toward the finish line of sanity and serenity.
Here is a sample quote from Higher Thoughts for down days for July 28th.
I surely know collapse and despair because of my sadness and depression that follows me like a dark black cloud wherever I go. My depression doesn’t have to last forever and, in fact, it is irrational to think that it does. I believe more than ever in this caring and loving Higher Power who is always waiting for us to seek its presence. Without a doubt, most days I have the belief that my Higher Power is gradually going to see me through my depair and frustration. I know that my faith in a power greater than myself is going to restore to me a serenity and joy that I have never experienced much in my own life.
My faith is going to ensure that my life will be better today than it was yesterday. I am positive about the new consciousness of my Higher Power working good things out in my life. I have opened the door. I welcome Him into my life.
(C) Higher Thoughts for down days: 365 daily thoughts and meditations for members of 12 Step fellowship groups. (2002) Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville.KY.
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