How to Make Prayer & Meditation Work for You
published by Balboa Press, a division of Hay House.
This is a wonderful meditation book, written by a very talented and graciouse lady.
38.2 Annual North Coast Roundup 2022
Images are copywriter by Zan Danforth 2020 All Right Reserved
Copper Cowgirl Designs, Seaside Oregon
The Dark Night of the soul
St. John of the Cross
In an obscure night
Fevered with love's anxiety
(oh hapless, happy plight)
I went, none seeing me
Forth from my house, where all things
I see the dawn coming.
I have tried very hard to "suck it up" but a dear friend told me today that is not the same as letting go.It is true that it gets darkest before the dawn and the last 3 1/2 months have been more than challenging . (That is what nice people call "this side of hell") The journey has been extremely rocky BUT! because of the Fellowship I can see the golden sliver above the mountain tops that quietly announces the dawn.
There have been some days when it was all I could do was not drink, and that had to be good enough. For those who judge then you have not had your "Dark Night of the Soul" yet. This is my second although it didn't make it any easier.
I still can not meditate upon awaking as all I can do is think about Harlan. Not a good start first thing in the am. I pray then exercise. Meditate later. but here is what I have found in this big awakening. A Dark night is indeed good for the soul. It changed me and the petty defects I obsessed on ( mine and others) they have been burned alive in a cold blue fire of loneliness. As another dear friend says "Alcoholism is a lonely business." In my case that is the first step to relapse . So I reached out. I may not be good at asking for help but I have an extended family here in Seaside that know when I am in trouble. They know the secret password for SOS.
Sometimes I ask if they would like to come to dinner or go to a meeting. They can see behind my egotistical call for help. Many times a simple text will will do it. So in order to thank God and them I offer this to the universe....
If you are going through your Dark Night, call me or text me . Just don't drink, use, or hurt yourself. Please don't call to criticize ,spelling or grammar on my web site. Sometimes all I can do at this point in my life is get the information online. I CARE about what happens to the readers of this site even if it is only a small amount. I CARE about my people in A.A. All of the politics, Round ups and drama that goes on behind the scenes doesn't mean a thing when another drunk sober or not, is suffering. It is all about one Alcoholic reaching out to another.
Don't suck it up. Reach out . Even though we are sober and it isn't always rainbows and sunshine. I do know this.... there is balance in the universe and really good stuff happens too!
DON'T GIVE UP!!!
Love and service, Zan.
With great regret, NCR will not be held
in April of 2020.
1.If you registered for 38th NCR, 2020, you are automatically registered for the 38.2 NCR 2022 at no cost! Next years prices will remain the same. At this late of date we can not possibly send out refunds as we have costs to bear .
2. We will send a confirmation card stating this in a few weeks.
3.Do call and cancel hotel reservations as soon as possible.
We have been watching this closely in regards to everyones safety without being re-active but unfortunately the cancelation is indeed unavoidable. We will have a welcome home to Seaside party next year .
We love it when our AA and Al-Anon family comes to visit!
With loads of love and service,
The North Coast Roundup Committee!
April 7th, 8th , 9th & 10th , 2022
Hi Everyone! It is me, Zan.
I can not tell you how disappointed the entire NCR Committee is about this year! We Really MISS OUR FAMILY from out of town.
I need a big favor.
Our Registration Chair is getting a few texts and calls from a few really scared people about refunds.The Reg . committee puts in at least 300 hours, combined , personal time and effort of service work. It indeed is the hardest job on our committee. Not only do you have to be a self starter, one needs to be kind, honest and professional. Please don't get angry at her for the group conscious of no refunds after March 3, 2020. and then there is the virus issue. We can not possibly give out refunds and if we gave out some, who gets to choose who gets a refund and who doesn't?
The wonderful woman who sponsored me, Marsha M. (A NCR Founder) would ask NCR Committee "Where is GOD in all of this?" and Remind us that " This is GODS party anyway."
So with that being said, It has been my experience in the last 35 years, when things change by Gods hands , it / He, has a plan bigger and better than I could have ever imagined. Next year I promise all of you we will have the BIGGEST< GREATEST , most LOVING, GRATITUDE party we have ever seen!
Love, Love Love, Zan