Daily Reflection Podcast

Daily Reflection Podcast

The Daily Reflection Podcast delivers hope, and inspiration through interviews with members of the recovery community through the lens of the Daily Reflection book. Each day, we ask a person in recovery to read the Daily Reflection for the day, and share how this relates to their program of recovery. The result is that we learn through their experience how they manage to get and stay sober. We are not affiliated with Alcoholics Anonymous or any recovery program.

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January 13, 2022 22 min

This episode was recorded on January 14th, 2021

Lee made many attempts at controlling her drinking prior to coming into the program and she shares that she once felt so much remorse for the life she previously led. However, those things that used to cause her to feel shame have now become her greatest equity. Lee shares her powerful experience on the concept of having "No Regrets."

NO REGRETS

We will not regret the past nor wi...

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Katie spent over a decade in active alcoholism before coming into the rooms of AA. Today she finds gratitude for the gift of willingness that her previous life gave her. She shares her experience on the reflection for today and provides a glimpse into her amazing program and how her life has improved as a result of the steps, the program and the fellowship.

IT DOESN'T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT

We are not cured of alcoholism. What we reall...

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This episode originally aired on January 12th, 2021

John has over fifteen months (as of Jan 2021) of sobriety and recently experienced the loss of his job. Without a program of recovery, he would likely have used this as an excuse to drink or fall deep into self-pity. Today, he shares how he uses the program, and his support network to view this as an opportunity for growth. John has a great program and I'm grateful to help shar...

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This episode originally aired on January 10th, 2021

Nancy C. Joins us from the Reston, VA area to share her experience of getting sober, and staying sober standing united in recovery in the fellowship. Nancy leads a full and happy life today and credits the program for this.

UNITED WE STAND

We learned that we had to fully concede to our innermost selves that we were alcoholics. This is the first step in recovery. The delusion that we ...

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This episode originally aired January 7th, 2021

Like so many, Riley didn't realize the grave nature of his problem with drinking until it began to affect so many areas of his life... until he found himself at a turning point. Today, he also views so many moments throughout the day as opportunities or turning points where he can choose to practice the principles of the program, and when he does, he continues to experience growth,...

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This episode originally aired on January 6, 2021

Chris got sober at the age of 16 and credits the victory of surrender for the grace to move forward and rebuild his life. He's built a wonderful life based on the firm bedrock of personal powerlessness.

Sunlight of the Spirit - https://aavirginia.org/meetings/sunlight-of-the-spirit-4/

THE VICTORY OF SURRENDER

We perceive that only through utter defeat are we able to take our first st...

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This episode originally aired on January 4th, 2021

Kevin P. Joins us from Jacksonville Beach, FL where he's a Professional Therapist. Kevin shares on the topic of beginning where you are... Starting with the elimination of alcohol - that's merely the ticket to the show. The real challenge comes when we face the challenges of daily life. 

BEGIN WHERE YOU ARE

We feel that the elimination of our drinking is but a beginning. A muc...

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This episode originally aired on January 3rd, 2021

Today, Dom F from Reston, VA joins us to talk about Powerlessness; how powerlessness works in his program of recovery and he stays sober, one day at a time.

Check out Dom's meetings at https://aavirginia.org/meetings/the-sunlight-of-the-spirit-group/

January 3 - Powerless
We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.

TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADI...

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This episode originally aired on January 2nd, 2021

Quentin W. from New York City joins the program today to share on the concept of the foundations of recovery. Quentin frequently attends the Sunrise Semester group in Philadelphia, PA via online meetings. I've gotten to know Quentin through his shares at meetings and he's got a phenomenal take on the foundation of recovery. I hope you enjoy this episode.

FIRST, THE FOUNDATION
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This episode originally aired on January 1st, 2021.

Louie L. shares on the daily reflection for this, New Years Day - January, 1st entitled "I am a Miracle".

"I AM A MIRACLE"

The central fact of our lives today is the absolute certainty that our Creator has entered into our hearts and lives in a way which is indeed miraculous. He has commenced to accomplish those things for us which we could never do by ourselves.

ALCOH...

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Zach P. joins us once again from Philadelphia, PA to share on Daily Resolutions.

Zach's home group meets in Philadelphia at 1904 Walnut Street 7:30pm each Wednesday. Meeting details including remote dial-in information can be found at the following link:
https://aasepia.org/?region=philadelphia-county&weekday=3&time=evening&search=1904&meeting=meeting-1904-walnut-st-philadelphia-pa-19103-usa-3...

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Join us as Serge Prengel, author of the book, The Proactive 12 Steps:  A Mindful Program for Lasting Change,  shares a different take on the 12 Steps.   Please see links to resources below.

*Note:  for anyone in active addiction we encourage you to continue to attend your regular program meetings and work the steps with a sponsor.

Click here to access the book,  The Proactive 12 Steps: A Mindful Program for Lasting Change.

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Join us as Tom Hilton, from Jacksonville Beach, FL, shares his experience, strength, and hope around today's Daily Reflection, The Joy of Living. 

THE JOY OF LIVING

. . . therefore the joy of good living is the theme of A.A.'s Twelfth Step.

TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 125

A.A. is a joyful program! Even so, I occasionally balk at taking the necessary steps to move ahead, and find myself resisting the very actions that...

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December 27, 2021 6 min

PROBLEM SOLVING

"Quite as important was the discovery that spiritual principles would solve all my problems."

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 42

Through the recovery process described in the Big Book, I have come to realize that the same instructions that work on my alcoholism, work on much more. Whenever I am angry or frustrated, I consider the matter a manifestation of the main problem within me, alcoholism. As I "walk" thr...

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Join us as Joel Gough, from Leesburg, VA, shares his experience, strength, and hope around today's Daily Reflection, Accepting Success or Failure.

ACCEPTING SUCCESS OR FAILURE

Furthermore, how shall we come to terms with seeming failure or success? Can we now accept and adjust to either without despair or pride? Can we accept poverty, sickness, loneliness, and bereavement with courage and serenity? Can we steadfastly content ours...

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Max E. from Chicago returns to the show to share his experience around today's Daily Reflection entitled A Sane and Happy Usefulness. 

A "SANE AND HAPPY USEFULNESS"

We have come to believe He would like us to keep our heads in the clouds with Him, but that our feet ought to be firmly planted on earth. That is where our fellow travelers are, and that is where our work must be done. These are the realities for us. We have f...

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Join us as Heather E., from Ashburn, VA,  shares her experience, strength, and hope around today's Daily Reflection, Principles, Not Personalities. 

PRINCIPLES, NOT PERSONALITIES

The way our "worthy" alcoholics have sometimes tried to judge the "less worthy" is, as we look back on it, rather comical. Imagine, if you can, one alcoholic judging another!

THE LANGUAGE OF THE HEART, p. 37

Who am I to judge anyone? When I...

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Join us as Kevin Petersen returns to share his experience around today's Daily Reflection entitled "The Rewards of Giving." 

THE REWARDS OF GIVING
This is indeed the kind of giving that actually demands nothing. He does not expect his brother sufferer to pay him, or even to love him. And then he discovers that by the divine paradox of this kind of giving he has found his own reward, whether his brother has yet received an...

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Please join us as Randall Patten, from San Diego, CA, as he shares his experience, strength, and hope around today's Daily Reflection, Understanding the Malady.

Randall mentioned the following authors and books:  Joel S. Goldsmith, Neville Goddard,  Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love,  Bhagavad Gita.

UNDERSTANDING THE MALADY

When dealing with an alcoholic, there may be a natural annoyance that a man could be so weak, stupid and...

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Join us as Chris P. returns to the show to share on the concepts around rewards in recovery with today's Reflection entitled "A Priceless Reward".

A PRICELESS REWARD

. . . work with other alcoholics. . . . It work when other activities fail.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 8

"Life will take on new meaning," as the Big Book says (p.89). This promise has helped me to avow self-seeking and self-pity. To watch others grow in t...

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