The beginning is purification, that's the first step. And
purification means purification of body and mind. You don't purify the
body without cleansing the mind; that's the way it
Rolling Thunder Cherokee
Why all this insistence that every A.A. must hit bottom first? The
answer is that few people will sincerely try to practice A.A. program
unless they hit bottom. For practicing A.A.’s remaining eleven Steps means
adoption of attitudes and actions that almost no alcoholic who is still
drinking can dream of taking. Who wishes to be rigorously honest and
tolerant? Who wants to confess his faults to another and make restitution
for harm done? Who cares anything about a Higher Power, let alone
meditation and prayer? Who wants to sacrifice time and energy in trying to
carry A.A.’s message to the next sufferer? No, the average alcoholic,
self-centered in the extreme, doesn’t care for this prospect—unless he has
to do these things in order to stay alive himself.
Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions pg.
Great Mystery cleanse my mind, show me how to think good things, help me be whole today.