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Judaism

Step 11: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for the knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

Principle: Spirituality

Judaism teaches we can come into contact with God through any activity with the right intention. God is present in all things and in all people so we can come into conscious contact with God through any of our interactions with the world. Through these interactions we become aware of God’s presence in our lives.

Text or Verse

The difference between one who prays and one who does not pray is not to be found in the fact that the former sets aside time every day for his prayer, while the latter does not. There is a more basic dichotomy. The types of lives those two people live are thoroughly different. The time devoted to prayer makes an impression upon every aspect of the entire day.
Abraham Isaac Kook, Olat Reiyah

Practice

Set aside time each day to talk with God. It is helpful to speak out loud in a quiet voice, in a quiet place, and in solitude. A special sacred area can help make this contact easier. Call together all your powers of concentration. Remove all distracting thoughts from your mind. Focus on the Holy Blessed One. Many rely on others' poetry to reach out to God.

Resources

Chabad Organization
The Twelve Steps of A.A. and their Parallels in Jewish and Chassidic Thought
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Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, M.D. Spirituality, Prayer, The Twelve Steps and Judaism.
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Starting Over: Using Torah and the Twelve Steps of Recovery to Find Happiness
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Take 12 Steps
Jewish Journal
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