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Plant Precious Nuggets of Possibility Thinking with Daily Meditation Books

Every morning I take some quiet time to reflect on my life's journey. I set my intention for myself and my life and how I want to be in relationship to myself, other people that I come into contact each day, and the world at large.

Some days I may find myself feeling fragmented, confused, and overwhelmed. I find it especially helpful at these times to read over some inspiring wisdom from other people. I have learned everything I know from everyone else! I feel SO GRATEFUL for the amazing collective wisdom that is available to explore!

Develop Your Spiritual Sanctuary      


                       Take time daily for developing your “personal sanctuary”—a shelter from life’s storms.


Take time to go within.

Ask yourself: What do you need to be a healthy, happy camper?


To set the stage consider: Celebrate Personal Quiet Time—Spiritual Connection, the Meditation section, and Various Meditations.

Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey
With over two million copies in print, this classic women's daily meditation book offers inspiration and guidance for dealing with the challenges of recovery. I LOVE this book! I read through it many times. The book says it is for WOMEN, but it works very well for MEN too!!!
Hazelden Publishing & Educational Services; Reissue edition (July 1, 1996)


Time for Joy : Daily Affirmations by Ruth Fishel
Words can inspire, motivate and change us if we let them. Words can lift us to action. Words can move us to anger and rage or to love and tears. Most important, words can heal.

May the words in this book be an inspiration for you when and as you need it. Read it by the page, one day at a time, or at random as you are so moved. Know that you are worthy of joy, that you deserve to have joy in your life. May you take this time to find joy and may you know peace and love. Publisher: HCI (October 1, 1998)

Daily Affirmations for Adult Children of Alcoholics by Rokelle Lerner

Publisher: HCI (November 1, 1996)
Reviewer: A reader
I am not the adult child of an alcoholic. I am, however, the product of a dysfunctional family, and recommend daily use of this book for all who struggle with the self-image issues born of family (or non-family!) histories that are fraught with obsessive or abusive behavior.

This is a wonderful work; a work to USE, not just to read. Each time through, these affirmations grow in meaning. Take the time to feel these truths each time you work with one: Imagine yourself owning -- actually believing and feeling -- that which graces these pages. Regardless of the origin of your pain, these affirmations are a true and helping gift.


The Joyful Child: A Sourcebook of Activities and Ideas for Releasing Children's Natural Joy, By Peggy Jenkins, Ph.D., Aslan Publishing, ©1996

This book is not just for the children in your life. It is also for you! As you learn to guide your children's discovery of joy your awareness will expand and you will grow more in touch with your own inner joy. It is both a source and a resource book. Between its covers is a wealth of ideas and activities. In addition it is liberally sprinkled with quotations and references to lead you to a wide variety of excellent resources.

When Self-Improvement Gives Way to Ecstasy
Welcome relief for those who have labored on self-improvement. Illuminating insights on quitting the fixing game, taking back your power, and getting on with the life you were born to live . Touching, humorous, and acclaimed as "the Bible for Self-Help survivors." This book will surely help you to take your power back and remember that what you are seeking already lives within you, as you.

Bob's review: This book is really FUN! It plants numerous nuggets of transformative thinking. I love the: Attitude Of Gratitude, Doors To The Light, I'm Off To Be The Wizard, Follow Your Spirit...well, really all of them! The book is FUN to just open any section and start reading!

Some resources for encouragement for self-exploration and support for the journey of change from Overeaters Anonymous:

To order materials contact their Web site:  or an online literature catalog or contact their mailing address: PO Box 44020 * Rio Rancho, NM 871740-4020 USA

Tel: 1-505-891-2664  Fax: 1-505-891-4320 Portland, Oregon-area meeting information: 503-254-5658

Check out: the The Use of the 12-Step Programs, Recovery Groups, and Recovery Resources section for additional ideas.

Some really helpful titles are:

The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous-An excellent description of the program and how to apply the steps to achieve personal transformation.

The Twelve-Step Workbook of Overeaters Anonymous (a really excellent book!)

Lifeline Journal of Recovery

Lifeline Sampler

For Today—Daily meditation book by Overeaters Anonymous

Contact OA to find out about location of groups in your area and for other available titles.

Online Recovery Discussion Groups for compulsive overeaters & support meetings on the Internet. Go to  for information and list of “specialty loops”.


Inner Peace Cards by Wayne W., Dr. Dyer




Dr. Wayne Dyer-- internationally renowned psychotherapist, author, and teacher--is affectionately known as "the father of motivation" by his many fans. Every book that I've read by Dr. Dyer has been a gift of encouragement, common sense, and clarity-and his 50 card deck Inner Peace Cards is no exception. As with most Hay House motivational decks, Inner Peace Cards are a high-gloss kaleidoscope of color and inspiration, measuring 4.12 x 4.13 inches. They come in a convenient flip-top box that is covered in illustrations...both inside and out.

Dyer's purpose for these cards is to help you feel the love of God deep within you on a daily basis as you're guided to drawn upon the inner peace that lies within.

I was having a particularly stressful day yesterday, and as I opened the box, there was a bright golden card that said: "Once you have learned how to enter your inner kingdom, you have a special retreat within that is always available to you." I immediately felt a sense of peace. Sometimes, when the outside world seems to be crowding in, it only takes a small reminder that we have the kingdom of God within...and it can be accessed at any time.

Each card is not only lavishly illustrated in every color imaginable, but also bears an inspirational phrase on both sides. Some of my favorites include:

If you meet someone whose soul is not aligned with yours, send them love and move along. (I align myself with people who support my growth.)

If you are suffering in your life right now, I can guarantee that this condition is tied up with some kind of attachment to how things should be going. (I release the need to determine how things "should" be.)

One of the highest places you can get to is to be independent of the good opinions of others. (What other people think of me is none of my business.)

You can't go around being what everyone wants you to be, living your life through other people's rules, and expect to be happy and have inner peace. (I live my life in my own way.)

No one can create negativity or stress within you. Only you can do that by virtue of how you process your world. (I create the world that I live in.)

I fill myself with love, and I send that love out into the world. How others treat me is their path; how I react is mine. (Love is my gift to the world.)

As you can probably tell, these cards not only inspire, but also challenge us to examine our perspectives and the choices we are making. Leading us into a deeper, more mindful way of living, Inner Peace Cards are a wonderful way to re-connect with the Divine, our higher wisdom, and others.

The cards come in a high-quality, colorful little box with a lid. The cards are really a reminder of what you know to be true. Sometimes you just need that little affirmation and you can continue on in your life path. These cards propelled me forward into my future.

“I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.”

Walt Whitman, from Song of Myself

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