Breathe - in and out - experience my soft belly.
Breathe - in and out - open my heart to the healing Spirit.
Breathe - in and out - remember the hurts of my history.
Remember the ways I have hurt others, how I have been insensitive to their feelings, betrayed their trust, disappointed them, caused them suffering.
Be willing to feel regret - to have remorse - to make a commitment to change my behavior.
Remember the ways I have harmed myself, been unfaithful to the real me - what I wanted and didn't want for my life - how I betrayed my inner voice.
Be willing to feel sorrow - to weep for the losses - to resolve to embrace personal integrity.
Remember the ways I have been wounded by others; these events did happen; I was hurt.
Be willing to feel anguish - to respond with compassion for their personal pain - to suspect their history that brought them to such hurtful actions.
Be willing to decide to release my feelings about them and these events - to let the past be the past and vow to live the present in loving-kindness.
Grieve my history of hurting and being hurt.
Feel the truth of the pain.
Mourn my history of losses.
Touch the pain to honor it; it is my personal journey of helplessness and hopelessness.
Feel my breath, feel my pain, feel my tears - be present and aware of my vulnerability.
Gently breathe and feel the sorrow; embrace it with tenderness and compassion.
Trust my breath, trust my feelings, trust this process, trust my life.
Resolve to let go of my entire history and to be vulnerable to my present.
Resolve to remember so that I don't repeat.
Resolve to accept reality as it is.
Resolve to hold an open heart to hear the invitation to be present to my self.
Resolve to hold an attitude of compassion for others. All of us are imperfect humans, awkwardly doing the best we can.
Hold the intention of harmony to replace hurt with healing.
Hold the intention of a bridge of tenderness to the separated.
Hold the intention of tender love for the healing and transformation of all.
Herb K. was given the gift of freedom from alcohol February 21, 1984. As a result of the application of the Twelve Steps as contained precisely in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, he experienced a profound spiritual awakening in 1988. Since then he has been very involved in carrying the message of recovery through presentations, facilitating workshops, and leading retreats.
He has authored three books to help people access the instructions and confirm the actual process contained in the Big Book for experiencing a spiritual awakening: Practicing the Here and Now: Being Intentional with Step 11 (2017), Twelve-Step Guide to Using the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book (2004) and Twelve Steps to Spiritual Awakening: Enlightenment for Everyone (2010). His books are available on Amazon and other locations.