Meditation Meeting, Feb. 21st 2021 –Introduction to Meditation, (Revised)

By Wayne S. Includes excerpts and text edited from:  AA Twelve and Twelve – 11th Step, miscellaneous excerpts from various sessions from the app Waking Up by Sam Harris, Tracy Cochran blogpost Giving is Receiving The Get Up, Get Out, Get Sober (GUGOGS) meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous devotes the meeting on the third Sunday of each month toContinue reading “Meditation Meeting, Feb. 21st 2021 –Introduction to Meditation, (Revised)”

The Power of Our Part ( Awareness, Attitudes, and Actions ) When Encountering Pain

Yesterday as we discussed Chapter 22 of Living Sober regarding self-pity, we had some powerful shares about the importance of acknowledging and facing our pain. I’ve chosen as my primary lead a Grapevine article published on the website back in January that we’ve never discussed entitled ‘The Power of Pain’. This article captures and expandsContinue reading “The Power of Our Part ( Awareness, Attitudes, and Actions ) When Encountering Pain”

The Person I Was Meant To Be – Grapevine Article June 1982 by J.D.

AS A TEENAGER, when life was overwhelming to me, I was introduced to alcohol. At once, I knew that I had found a great friend–something to shield me from the new and powerful emotions of my developing youth and the inferiority feelings I was becoming familiar with as a result. Alcohol made me loose andContinue reading “The Person I Was Meant To Be – Grapevine Article June 1982 by J.D.”

Freedom Through Acceptance – ‘As Bill Sees It’ #115

We admitted we couldn’t lick alcohol with our own remaining resources, and so we accepted the further fact that dependence upon a Higher Power (if only our A.A. group) could do this hitherto impossible job. The moment we were able to accept these facts fully, our release from the alcohol compulsion had begun. For mostContinue reading “Freedom Through Acceptance – ‘As Bill Sees It’ #115”

Come On! Be Happy – Grapevine Article September 1967 by E.B.R. author of ‘He Who Loses His Life’ BB Story

This is the second article in the Grapevine’s new series by authors of the personal histories in the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous. First published in 1939, a revised, enlarged Big Book was published in 1955. Now, twelve years later, the author of “He Who Loses His Life,” page 540 in the Revised Edition, looks backContinue reading “Come On! Be Happy – Grapevine Article September 1967 by E.B.R. author of ‘He Who Loses His Life’ BB Story”

He Who Loses His Life – Big Book Story from 2nd and 3rd Edition by Bob P.

An ambitious playwright, his brains got so far ahead of his emotions that he collapsed into suicidal drinking. To learn to live, he nearly died. I REMEMBER the day when I decided to drink myself to death quietly, without bothering anyone, because I was tired of having been a dependable, trustworthy person for about thirty-nineContinue reading “He Who Loses His Life – Big Book Story from 2nd and 3rd Edition by Bob P.”

There Is A Solution – page 25 AA Big Book

There is a solution. Almost none of us liked the self-searching, the leveling of our pride, the confession of shortcomings which the process requires for its successful consummation. But we saw that it really worked in others, and we had come to believe in the hopelessness and futility of life as we had been livingContinue reading “There Is A Solution – page 25 AA Big Book”

Minor Virtues – Grapevine Article August 1976 By Anonymous

It’s no small achievement to dispel fear and resentment RECENTLY, I HAD the experience of writing a dear friend in the Fellowship about a serious personal problem with which he was wrestling. I gave him rather blunt advice, the kind you would send only to a treasured friend. Nothing was heard for weeks. Finally, IContinue reading “Minor Virtues – Grapevine Article August 1976 By Anonymous”

Unlocking the Group Conscience – Grapevine Article February 1992 by Toni F.

I have often heard it said that all you need to start a new AA group is a resentment and a coffeepot. Resentments had kept me drunk for many years, and in 1987 I was literally dying from alcohol and drug addiction, fueled by resentments. I sobered up at a group close to my home.Continue reading “Unlocking the Group Conscience – Grapevine Article February 1992 by Toni F.”

No Longer Alone – Grapevine Article May 2020 by David S

With a sponsor’s tough love and unconditional acceptance, he finished his Fifth Step and got back into life At the meeting, he would sit facing the door. The vigil of a lonely man, I came to think of it as. The kind of vigil I used to maintain on a barstool, hoping for the rightContinue reading “No Longer Alone – Grapevine Article May 2020 by David S”