Maintenance & Growth – As Bill Sees It R #5

It is plain that a life which includes deep resentment leads only to futility and unhappiness. To the precise extent that we permit these, do we squander the hours that might have been worth while. But with the alcoholic, whose hope is the maintenance and growth of a spiritual experience, this business of resentment isContinue reading “Maintenance & Growth – As Bill Sees It R #5”

Misunderstood – Grapevine Article February 2021 by Michael E.

The man he met said he was “naturally incapable” of grasping what we have. This member doesn’t agree During my time in the rooms, I have met people who can quote from memory every page of the Big Book from cover to personalized leather-bound cover. I’ve also met people staying sober for years who rarely,Continue reading “Misunderstood – Grapevine Article February 2021 by Michael E.”

Who I Really Am – Grapevine Article March 2021 by Andy A.

Being reminded of the man he never wants to be again keeps this father on the path of a good life The two AA meetings I attend most frequently are Big Book meetings. In these meetings, we move sequentially through the book, front to back. So I always know which chapter will be read atContinue reading “Who I Really Am – Grapevine Article March 2021 by Andy A.”

Daily Reprieve – Big Book Page 86

It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels. We are headed for trouble if we do, for alcohol is a subtle foe. We are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition. Every dayContinue reading “Daily Reprieve – Big Book Page 86”

Mashup – Grapevine Article ‘ Lifeline’ with Big Book ‘A Vision For You’ pages 152 & 153

A sober woman living alone during the pandemic finds strength and fellowship by dialing numbers When the Covid virus hit, it suddenly became no longer safe and acceptable to hold hands in our AA meetings and offer each other a friendly hug. Then the meetings closed down and I began my quarantine at home, workingContinue reading “Mashup – Grapevine Article ‘ Lifeline’ with Big Book ‘A Vision For You’ pages 152 & 153”

Setting Right New Mistakes As We Go – Big Book Step 10 Pgs 84,85

This thought brings us to Step Ten, which suggests we continue to take personal inventory and continue to set right any new mistakes as we go along. We vigorously commenced this way of living as we cleaned up the past. We have entered the world of the Spirit. Our next function is to grow in understandingContinue reading “Setting Right New Mistakes As We Go – Big Book Step 10 Pgs 84,85”

Honesty Is The Key – Grapevine Article January 1990 by Ted C

I just finished reading another of those “Stay out of AA if you’re an addict!” letters in the Grapevine, and felt compelled to share my alcohol-related experience. I first came to AA for help because alcohol had dissolved my moral fiber to the point where I got so drunk I took LSD to “go alongContinue reading “Honesty Is The Key – Grapevine Article January 1990 by Ted C”

How GUGOGS Meditation Practice Works – March 2021

Includes excerpts and text from: AA Twelve and Twelve – 11thStep, excerpts from sessions from the Waking Up App by Sam Harris, excerpts from Tracy Cochran blogpost Giving is Receiving. Edited and written by Wayne S. Our GUGOGS meditation practice is rooted in the 11th Step in AA and incorporates mindfulness meditation drawn from a variety of resources. As weContinue reading “How GUGOGS Meditation Practice Works – March 2021”

Upon Awakening – Big Book Pages 85 & 86

On awakening let us think about the twenty-four hours ahead. We consider our plans for the day. Before we begin, we ask God to direct our thinking, especially asking that it be divorced from self-pity, dishonest or self-seeking motives. Under these conditions we can employ our mental faculties with assurance, for after all God gaveContinue reading “Upon Awakening – Big Book Pages 85 & 86”

Usefully Whole – Grapevine Article December 2009 by Mark S.

I believe there is a correlation between my peace of mind and my efforts at Step Twelve. If peace and serenity are what I am seeking, what is it I am willing to do? The destruction of self comes at a price. I have to participate in my own recovery through prayer, through self-sacrifice andContinue reading “Usefully Whole – Grapevine Article December 2009 by Mark S.”