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”

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”

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”

Personality Change – As Bill Sees It Reflection #1

“It has often been said of A.A. that we are interested only in alcoholism. That is not true. We have to get over drinking in order to stay alive. But anyone who knows the alcoholic personality by firsthand contact knows that no true alky ever stops drinking permanently without undergoing a profound personality change.” 1.Continue reading “Personality Change – As Bill Sees It Reflection #1”

A Full And Thankful Heart – As Bill Sees It Page 37

One exercise that I practice is to try for a full inventory of my blessings and then for a right acceptance of the many gifts that are mine—both temporal and spiritual. Here I try to achieve a state of joyful gratitude. When such a brand of gratitude is repeatedly affirmed and pondered, it can finallyContinue reading “A Full And Thankful Heart – As Bill Sees It Page 37”

Three Choices – As Bill Sees It Page 327

The immediate object of our quest is sobriety—freedom from alcohol and from all its baleful consequences. Without this freedom, we have nothing at all. Paradoxically, though, we can achieve no liberation from the alcohol obsession until we become willing to deal with those character defects which have landed us in that helpless condition. In thisContinue reading “Three Choices – As Bill Sees It Page 327”

Anger! … A Symptom of Wrong Thinking – January 1974 Grapevine Article By M.D.B.

AT ONE OF our recent closed meetings here in Toledo, the moderator touched off a lively discussion by introducing “anger” as the evening’s topic. We heard almost as many viewpoints and opinions as there were members present. We also received some valuable information for future program-working. At the outset, there was some confusion about theContinue reading “Anger! … A Symptom of Wrong Thinking – January 1974 Grapevine Article By M.D.B.”

An Unsuspected Inner Resource – February 2016 Grapevine Article By Dan H

If there’s something deep inside that’s smarter and kinder, then why not listen to it? What if there is no God? This question has haunted me periodically throughout my sobriety. If my sobriety depends on belief in and access to a power greater than myself, what happens if there is no God? Some say IContinue reading “An Unsuspected Inner Resource – February 2016 Grapevine Article By Dan H”