Pain is the Touchstone – AA Grapevine by Anonymous August 1991

Lori and I didn’t talk much. Instead, we specialized in our own nonverbal brands of communication. That’s why it came as such a shock to me when she finally did verbalize “separation.” After five years of marriage I had settled into a monotonous routine. I knew that the marriage wasn’t exciting or even rewarding butContinue reading “Pain is the Touchstone – AA Grapevine by Anonymous August 1991”

The Power of Pain – Grapevine Article July 2000 By Suzanne P

We all have painful emotions and memories to deal with when we get sober. Long-buried feelings surface, and we begin to see how much pain we caused ourselves and the people who cared about us. Can we live with this pain? I am coming to believe that we can, if we allow pain to flow,Continue reading “The Power of Pain – Grapevine Article July 2000 By Suzanne P”

Beyond the Self – Grapevine Article September 1970 By M.D. B.

There is something better to be found, but one has to give up to find it Dr. Harry M. Tiebout, phychiatrist and friend of AA, said, “. . .The two essential ingredients to maintaining sobriety are . . . the preservation of a reduced ego and the continued presence of humility. ” In the followingContinue reading “Beyond the Self – Grapevine Article September 1970 By M.D. B.”

Big Book Meditation Recording

As we further explore and develop our meditation practices , I wanted to offer up this beautiful meditation which uses exclusively Big Book quotes. These quotes include the Big Book instructions on the 11th step, 3rd step prayer, 9th step promises, key assertions from the last page of the Big Book (page 164), and theContinue reading “Big Book Meditation Recording”

Meditation Meeting January 17th 2021 – Meditation Introduction Followed By Guided Meditation

Meditation Introduction is based upon excerpts and text edited from:  AA Twelve and Twelve – 11th Step, Waking Up by Sam Harris, and Wayne S (writing and editing)  I. Introduction To Mediation From 11th step: “There is a direct linkage among self-examination, meditation, and prayer. Taken separately, these practices can bring much relief and benefit. But when they are logically relatedContinue reading “Meditation Meeting January 17th 2021 – Meditation Introduction Followed By Guided Meditation”

Mashup – Bill W’s Last Relapse from Bill’s Story in the Big Book and AA Comes of Age

Big Book Chapter: Bill’s Story Pages 6,7 My brother-in-law is a physician, and through his kindness and that of my mother I was placed in a nationally-known hospital for the mental and physical rehabilitation of alcoholics. Under the so-called belladonna treatment my brain cleared. Hydrotherapy and mild exercise helped much. Best of all, I metContinue reading “Mashup – Bill W’s Last Relapse from Bill’s Story in the Big Book and AA Comes of Age”

Spiritual Life Is Not A Theory – Grapevine Web Exclusive By Matt M

AA reconnected him “to the world, the infinite and to other people” I had seen the change in my dad after he got sober in the early 70’s. He was immersed in AA, and I got to know his friends and “pigeons”—his sponsees. They were the first examples of what AA happiness looked like. SeeingContinue reading “Spiritual Life Is Not A Theory – Grapevine Web Exclusive By Matt M”

Spiritual Life Is Not A Theory – Grapevine Web Exclusive By Christy O

Viewing herself through a brand new lens brought her spirituality into sharp focus Recovery from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body requires we apply the principles learned in Alcoholics Anonymous in every area of our lives. The program has the unprecedented ability to quickly relieve our obsession to drink, should we be willing.Continue reading “Spiritual Life Is Not A Theory – Grapevine Web Exclusive By Christy O”

Love and Tolerance – Grapevine Article November 2014 By Justin P

The first person who asked me to sponsor him in the program was a gay man. I had reservations about doing this, as I am not gay, and reacted with fear and ignorance. I called my sponsor to get his opinion on the right thing to do. Being the good sponsor that he is, heContinue reading “Love and Tolerance – Grapevine Article November 2014 By Justin P”

First Things First – Grapevine Article November 1991 By Ralph D.

Group Meditation Step Eleven At 7:00 AM five days a week you can find a small group of AAs meeting at a club on the north side of Tallahassee, Florida. The group is called Conscious Contact. Its purpose is the daily practice of the Eleventh Step. The meeting usually starts with a reading from theContinue reading “First Things First – Grapevine Article November 1991 By Ralph D.”