What is the difference Between your experience of Existence And that of a saint?
The saint knows That the spiritual path Is a sublime chess game with God
And that the Beloved Has just made such a Fantastic Move
That the saint is now continually Tripping over Joy And bursting out in Laughter And saying, “I Surrender!”
Whereas, my dear, I am afraid you still think You have a thousand serious moves.
I choose to believe that in the translations of these ancient, graceful, joyful poems, the term "saint" can be interpreted to mean "an enlightened one," as opposed to the perhaps more western idea of the term, that of a religious individual with strict adherence to a particular canon.
In my online adventures I've come across the excellent blog, "Zen Habits." Among their recent posts was this meditation guide for beginners. I'm including a link since in its first tips it suggests starting for two minutes a day and doing it first thing in the morning. The philosophies of change through action, and of taking time at the beginning of the day, line up quite well with the Big Book's suggestions for Steps 10 and 11.
I highly recommend clicking over and giving it a read. Even if you get only one or two things you can use in your daily routine (though I bet you get more) it's well worth your time.
The problem drinker gets pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence. Sitting in the holding tank, they shake their head and think to themselves, "Man, not my brightest move. Maybe I should cool it a little. At the very least, I should have called a taxi or something."
The alcoholic gets pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence. Sitting in the holding tank, they shake their head and think to themselves, "Fucking cops. Next time I should take surface streets."
Alcoholics are wired for defiance, and an inability to take responsibility for our actions -- when under the influence of alcoholism it is almost impossible for us to see -- and believe -- a cause and effect between what we do and what happens to us.