As addicts, we know the pain of addiction. But we also know the joy of recovery we have found in Narcotics Anonymous. Narcotics Anonymous Is a fellowship of recovering addicts who are living their lives, one day at a time, without the use of drugs. We meet regularly to help each other stay clean. It costs nothing to become a member of N.A. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using.
Just For Today
November 19, 2016
The language of empathy
|"...the addict would find from the start as much identification as each needed to convince himself that he could stay clean, by the example of others who had recovered for many years. "
|Basic Text, p. 88
|Many of us attended our first meeting and, not being entirely sure that NA was for us, found much to criticize. Either we felt as though no one had suffered like we had or that we hadn't suffered enough. But as we listened we started to hear something new, a wordless language with its roots in recognition, belief, and faith: the language of empathy. Desiring to belong, we kept listening.
We find all the identification we need as we learn to understand and speak the language of empathy. To understand this special language, we listen with our hearts. The language of empathy uses few words; it feels more than it speaks. It doesn't preach or lecture-it listens. It can reach out and touch the spirit of another addict without a single spoken word.
Fluency in the language of empathy comes to us through practice. The more we use it with other addicts and our Higher Power, the more we understand this language. It keeps us coming back.
|Just for Today: I will listen with my heart. With each passing day, I will become more fluent in the language of empathy.
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A Little About Our Area
Mendocino County, California is 3,510 square miles located along over 125 miles of breathtaking coast. We are known for our giant redwood forests and magnificent Pacific Ocean coastline. The environment is well preserved; the air is fresh, and the presence of wildlife makes our area one to escape to.
Oh yes and at the moment we have over 45 NA meetings!
Although our area is vast and contains many cities, 7 of them have meetings and we
still have a close knit fellowship with good solid recovery.
Our activities change throughout the year and include camp-outs, BBQ's, dances, picnics, bowling and bingo!
We are a member of the T.A.C. convention committee.
Area Service and PI have positions that need to be filled, and H&I needs support as well - click HERE for more information about when and where to show up to be of service.
New Meeting Schedule
Meeting schedules are printed quarterly and are available at each Area Service Meeting. The latest schedule is available for October - December 2016. You can also download it from this site HERE.