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Prior to sitting down to start putting on paper my thoughts about prayer and meditation, I took my dog for a long walk on the beach. It was raining so we had the place virtually to ourselves. Ideal for emptying the mind and concentrating on communing with my Higher Power, whom I call God, praying only for His will for me and the power to carry it out.

The ideal way, I know, is to set aside a period of time for this life-enhancing exercise but the freedom that this Fellowship and my Higher Power have given me, means that I can take up interests that were lost when alcohol ruled what I could or couldn't do, and to be aware of those who are struggling to make some sense of their lives.

Having said that I do have a set period to be quiet and still. This is between 7 to 7.15pm every evening, excluding Saturday. My wife is an Archers addict but I am not. This is not a flippant aside. It allows me to sit and read my AA literature or other books of interest. Occasionally I use this period for meditation and ask for anything that God thinks I need; sometimes I wish I hadn't but He knows better than I. Long may that be the case.

My other constant, apart from The Archers, is that in the mornings I remind myself that I am an alcoholic and if I can take some time during the day to have a quiet moment to think before taking any action or making any decision that goes against what this Fellowship has given me, to prevent me from hurting others.

When I finally, I hope, settled into the rhythm of sobriety in this Fellowship, I was self-employed. In those days things passed fast and furious through my mind and, being on my own, I became able to pray and meditate as and when. I am comfortable in the knowledge that my efforts on the journey to recovery would always be listened to no matter when, how or where I made them.

I do believe quite firmly that, through my God, prayer and meditation, I will always be given what He believes that I need and not what I want.

PETER R, Colwyn Bay