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What You Can Learn from The Eye Opener - Oct. 18, 2019 - Readings in Recovery



Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener




If you are struggling with alcoholism or addiction, you may feel alone, hopeless, and confused. You may wonder how you can overcome your problem and live a happy and fulfilling life. You may need some guidance and support from people who understand what you are going through.




Oct. 18, 2019 – Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener



That's where The Eye Opener comes in. This book is a daily meditation book for alcoholics and addicts, based on the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). It contains 365 readings, one for each day of the year, that can help you find peace, serenity, and recovery.


In this article, we will explore what The Eye Opener is, why you should read it, and how to read it. We hope that by the end of this article, you will be inspired to pick up a copy of this book and start your journey of healing.


What is The Eye Opener?




The Eye Opener is a book that was first published in 1940 by the Hazelden Foundation, a leading provider of addiction treatment and recovery services. It is one of the oldest and most popular daily meditation books for alcoholics and addicts. It has been translated into several languages and has sold millions of copies worldwide.


The Eye Opener consists of three main parts:


A daily meditation book for alcoholics and addicts




The first part of The Eye Opener is a daily meditation book for alcoholics and addicts. Each day has a short reading that covers a topic related to recovery, such as honesty, humility, gratitude, forgiveness, service, faith, hope, love, etc. The readings are based on the 12 steps and 12 traditions of AA, which are a set of spiritual principles that guide the recovery process.


The readings are designed to help you reflect on your own situation and apply the lessons to your life. They also offer encouragement, motivation, and advice on how to cope with the challenges and opportunities that each day brings. They can help you stay focused on your sobriety goals and remind you that you are not alone.


A collection of wisdom and experience from AA founders and members




The second part of The Eye Opener is a collection of wisdom and experience from AA founders and members. The readings are not written by professional authors or experts, but by ordinary people who have suffered from alcoholism or addiction and have found recovery through AA. They share their personal stories, insights, struggles, victories, failures, joys, sorrows, doubts, fears, hopes, dreams, etc.


The readings are authentic, honest, raw, and relatable. They show you how other people have dealt with similar problems as yours and how they have overcome them. They also show you how diverse and inclusive AA is. You can find people from different backgrounds, cultures, religions, ages, genders, sexual orientations, etc., who have all found a common solution in AA.


A source of inspiration and guidance for recovery




The third part of The Eye Opener is a source of inspiration and guidance for recovery. The readings are not meant to be taken as dogma or doctrine, but as suggestions and opinions. They are not meant to replace professional help or medical advice, but to complement them. They are not meant to be the only source of recovery, but one of many.


The readings are meant to inspire you to seek your own path of recovery and to find your own higher power, whatever that may be for you. They are meant to guide you to make positive changes in your life and to grow as a person. They are meant to help you discover your true self and your true purpose.


Why read The Eye Opener?




There are many reasons why you should read The Eye Opener, but here are some of the most common ones:


To learn from the mistakes and successes of others




One of the benefits of reading The Eye Opener is that you can learn from the mistakes and successes of others. You can avoid repeating the same errors that others have made and follow the same steps that others have taken to achieve recovery. You can also learn from their wisdom and experience, which can save you time, energy, and pain.


Reading The Eye Opener can also help you avoid feeling isolated or ashamed of your problem. You can realize that you are not the first or the last person to suffer from alcoholism or addiction, and that there is nothing wrong with you. You can also realize that there is a solution to your problem, and that there is hope for a better future.


To strengthen your faith and hope in a higher power




Another benefit of reading The Eye Opener is that you can strengthen your faith and hope in a higher power. You can see how other people have found a connection with a power greater than themselves, and how that has helped them overcome their addiction. You can also see how other people have developed a personal relationship with their higher power, and how that has given them meaning and direction in their life.


Reading The Eye Opener can also help you develop your own concept of a higher power, which can be anything or anyone that you choose. You don't have to follow any specific religion or belief system, as long as it works for you. You can also change your concept of a higher power as you grow and evolve in your recovery.


To develop a sober and sane way of living




A third benefit of reading The Eye Opener is that you can develop a sober and sane way of living. You can see how other people have changed their behaviors, attitudes, thoughts, feelings, relationships, etc., as a result of working the 12 steps and 12 traditions of AA. You can also see how other people have improved their physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health by living according to the principles of AA.


Reading The Eye Opener can also help you adopt a new lifestyle that supports your recovery and well-being. You can learn how to cope with stress, anger, fear, guilt, resentment, etc., without resorting to alcohol or drugs. You can also learn how to enjoy life without alcohol or drugs, by finding new hobbies, interests, passions, friends, etc.


How to read The Eye Opener?




There is no right or wrong way to read The Eye Opener, but here are some tips that may help you get the most out of it:


Choose a date or a topic that resonates with you




You can read The Eye Opener in any order you like, depending on your preference or mood. You can choose a date that corresponds to the current day, or a date that has a special meaning for you (such as your birthday, anniversary, sobriety date, etc.). You can also choose a topic that resonates with you (such as forgiveness, service, gratitude, etc.), or a topic that challenges you (such as honesty, humility, surrender, etc.).


Read the meditation slowly and reflect on its meaning




You don't have to rush through the reading or skim over it. You can take your time and read it slowly and carefully. You can pay attention to the words and sentences that catch your attention or touch your heart. You can also reflect on the meaning and message of the reading. You can ask yourself questions such as:


  • What does this reading mean to me?



  • How does this reading relate to my situation?



  • What can I learn from this reading?



  • What action can I take based on this reading?



Apply the principles to your daily life and share them with others




The final step is to apply the principles that you have learned from the reading to your daily life and share them with others. You can try to practice the virtues and values that the reading suggests, such as honesty, humility, gratitude, forgiveness, service, faith, hope, love, etc. You can also try to avoid the vices and defects that the reading warns against, such as dishonesty, pride, resentment, anger, selfishness, fear, despair, hate, etc.


You can also share the reading and your experience with others who may benefit from it. You can discuss the reading with your sponsor, your friends, your family, your group members, or anyone else who is interested. You can also write about the reading in your journal, blog, social media, or any other platform. You can also use the reading as a topic for a meeting or a speech.


Conclusion




The Eye Opener is a valuable resource for anyone seeking recovery from alcoholism or addiction. It offers practical advice, spiritual insights, and personal stories from those who have been there. It can help you grow in sobriety and sanity, one day at a time.


By reading The Eye Opener regularly, you can learn from the mistakes and successes of others, strengthen your faith and hope in a higher power, and develop a sober and sane way of living. You can also choose a date or a topic that resonates with you, read the meditation slowly and reflect on its meaning, and apply the principles to your daily life and share them with others.


If you are interested in getting a copy of The Eye Opener, you can order it online from the Hazelden Foundation website or from other online retailers. You can also find it in most bookstores or libraries. You can also download it as an e-book or an app for your smartphone or tablet.


We hope that this article has given you an overview of what The Eye Opener is and how to read it. We encourage you to give it a try and see how it can transform your life. Remember that recovery is possible and that you are not alone. We wish you all the best in your journey of healing.


FAQs




What is The Eye Opener?




The Eye Opener is a daily meditation book for alcoholics and addicts, based on the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). It contains 365 readings that can help you find peace, serenity, and recovery.


Who wrote The Eye Opener?




The Eye Opener was written by various AA founders and members who shared their personal stories, insights, struggles, victories, failures, joys, sorrows, doubts, fears, hopes, dreams, etc.


When was The Eye Opener first published?




The Eye Opener was first published in 1940 by the Hazelden Foundation, a leading provider of addiction treatment and recovery services. It is one of the oldest and most popular daily meditation books for alcoholics and addicts.


How can I get a copy of The Eye Opener?




You can order The Eye Opener online from the Hazelden Foundation website or from other online retailers. You can also find it in most bookstores or libraries. You can also download it as an e-book or an app for your smartphone or tablet.


How should I read The Eye Opener?




You can read The Eye Opener in any order you like, depending on your preference or mood. You can choose a date that corresponds to the current day, or a date that has a special meaning for you (such as your birthday, anniversary, sobriety date, etc.). You can also choose a topic that resonates with you (such as forgiveness, service, gratitude, etc.), or a topic that challenges you (such as honesty, humility, surrender, etc.). 71b2f0854b


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