A Spiritual Axiom – October 9th Daily Reflection

It is a spiritual axiom that every time we are disturbed, no matter what the cause, there is something wrong with us.— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 90 I never truly understood the Tenth Step’s spiritual axiom until I had the following experience. I was sitting in my bedroom, reading into the wee hours,Continue reading “A Spiritual Axiom – October 9th Daily Reflection”

A Good Look- Grapevine Article October 2014 by Don B.

A newcomer discovers that it’s never too early to start looking at Step 10 I had been sober for just over two weeks. It was the Thursday Step meeting at my home group, and the topic was Step Ten. Patrice, a woman who had been sober for many years, shared that Step Ten was oneContinue reading “A Good Look- Grapevine Article October 2014 by Don B.”

Clear The Path To Your Heart – July 11th Meditation from Journey To The Heart

I watched Old Faithful from my window. The geyser gurgled and spewed a low layer of steam. Then true to its name, Old Faithful erupted and sprayed thousands of gallons of steaming water into the air. Right on time. A full range of gurgling emotions, reactions, and responses to life line the pathway to theContinue reading “Clear The Path To Your Heart – July 11th Meditation from Journey To The Heart”

Thank God for Despair – Grapevine Article June 1965 by E.M.

. . . the unease that makes us want to do a better job of living – From the June 1965 Grapevine IT IS AMAZING and a little depressing to see so many of our members drive themselves like madmen for perfect peace of mind and absolute serenity. Bags under their eyes, frowns on theirContinue reading “Thank God for Despair – Grapevine Article June 1965 by E.M.”

Progress Rather Than Perfection – As Bill Sees It #167

On studying the Twelve Steps, many of us exclaimed, “What an order! I can’t go through with it.” Do not be discouraged. No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. We are not saints. The point is, that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines. TheContinue reading “Progress Rather Than Perfection – As Bill Sees It #167”

A Better Fit – Grapevine Article March 2020 by Don S.

How 10 aching toes became a powerful lesson about the dangers of being right My first interaction with a Higher Power was terse. I had reached the end of my rope, having attempted sobriety for a period of about 19 months. I had relapsed and suffered through 10 months of incomprehensible demoralization. I was genuinelyContinue reading “A Better Fit – Grapevine Article March 2020 by Don S.”

Understanding & Overcoming Self Centered Fear – Practice These Principles By Ray A

Fear, anger, and resentment cause the alcoholic (and probably everyone else) the most trouble. It is for this reason that the Big Book suggests we start our 4th Step inventory by examining these emotions.  Fear and anger are said to be primal, protective emotions. They are considered the twin sides of a fight-or-flight response builtContinue reading “Understanding & Overcoming Self Centered Fear – Practice These Principles By Ray A”

God’s Courage – Grapevine Article September 1997 by Doug B

When I’d been sober for two weeks, I had my first panic attack. I was in a store shopping with my brother. We had a full cart and I told him that I had to leave. He said that we’d check out and be on our way shortly, and I said I had to leave–“Now!”Continue reading “God’s Courage – Grapevine Article September 1997 by Doug B”

An Open Heart and Open Mind – Grapevine Article March 1979 by C.O.

FOR OVER twenty months, I have been graced with the fellowship of AA meetings, gradual growth and maturation, and the ability to stay away from alcohol and other mind-changing drugs one day at a time. My participation in the AA program of recovery has made me aware of how little I know and how limitedContinue reading “An Open Heart and Open Mind – Grapevine Article March 1979 by C.O.”

The Miracles of Our Fellowship – Grapevine Article by Rhonda Z.

AA won’t cure her illness, but the profound joy it brings helps her survive I haven’t wanted to talk about this or share about it or even experience any of it, but I am. So, here goes. I’m having my very first and fairly bad exacerbation with MS. It started about a week and aContinue reading “The Miracles of Our Fellowship – Grapevine Article by Rhonda Z.”