March 23, 2023

The Importance of Prayer and Meditation in the 11th Step of Alcoholics Anonymous

11th step meditation

Many people who work good Twelve-Step programs find that prayer and meditation become more important to them than they ever imagined. They develop a deeper connection with their Higher Power, learn useful truths about themselves and their world, and find new levels of happiness and well-being.

However, this change may not happen for everyone. Some people find that they pray less as they work the steps and get sober, while others discover that prayer is not their preferred way of connecting with a higher power.

Step 11 focuses on deepening your relationship with your higher power through the practice of prayer and meditation. This step can be a challenge for some AA members, but it is essential for them to complete as part of their recovery journey.

Whether you choose to meditate with others or on your own, you should make sure that you have a quiet, distraction-free environment. You should also set aside a specific time each day to sit and listen to your Higher Power.

If you are new to meditation, it’s best to start with short sessions of a few minutes each day. Sit in a comfortable position and follow the sensation of your breath as it goes in and out.

As you become more accustomed to the experience of meditation, it becomes easier to recognize that your mind has wandered and return to the breath again. When that happens, don’t judge yourself or obsess over the content of the thoughts you’re lost in.

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