Lack of Meetings – Negative Attitude – Grapevine Article July 1980 by L.C.

I HAVE BEEN sober in AA for nearly five years, and a great deal has happened since my first meeting. I tried to follow the Steps to the best of my ability for the first few years. I was working at a menial job, which yielded a menial pay check. I was single and livingContinue reading “Lack of Meetings – Negative Attitude – Grapevine Article July 1980 by L.C.”

The Changing of One Small Heart – Grapevine Article October 1992 By Carla D.

“Mom, can you take me and Andy to the tennis courts on the way to school tonight?” “Mom, can you drop me off at Scott’s? It’s on the way to the courts.” “Mom, can Jason spend the night since the other boys won’t be home? You could pick him up on the way home fromContinue reading “The Changing of One Small Heart – Grapevine Article October 1992 By Carla D.”

Freedom Under God: The Choice Is Ours – Grapevine Article November 1960 by Bill W

In its deeper sense AA is a quest for freedom–freedom under God. Of course 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 dealContinue reading “Freedom Under God: The Choice Is Ours – Grapevine Article November 1960 by Bill W”

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”

March 20th Thought from Each Day A New Beginning

There’s a period of life where we swallow a knowledge of ourselves and it becomes either good or sour inside. —Pearl Bailey For too many of us, feelings of shame, even self-hatred, are paramount. No one of us has a fully untarnished past. Every man, every woman, even every child experiences regret over some action.Continue reading “March 20th Thought from Each Day A New Beginning”

No Strings Attached – Grapevine Article June 1981 by T.B.

I OFFER THIS example of rejection in its simplest form. I give a gift to someone. I bought or made the gift with joy. I anticipated how pleased the other person would be. I looked forward to the smile of appreciation and the warm gratification it would give me. In other words, I have madeContinue reading “No Strings Attached – Grapevine Article June 1981 by T.B.”

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.”

Tenth Step Thoughts – Grapevine Article October 1962 by C.D.A.

Would AA’s Fourth Step have changed the ending of the famous old horror story? THREE-QUARTERS of a century ago, Fanny Stevenson, frightened in the night by her husband’s cries and moans, prodded him into wakefulness. In a dawning state of consciousness he was annoyed, and not for the usually mundane reason. Robert Louis Stevenson, whoContinue reading “Tenth Step Thoughts – Grapevine Article October 1962 by C.D.A.”

I‘m Here ; We’re Here – Grapevine Article August 2019 by Clement C.

A long-time African-American member tells his story and encourages others to get involved beyond the group I grew up in a segregated part of St. Louis, Missouri. I was one of the students who participated in the forced integration of schools. I went to integrated schools from the sixth grade through college. In many ofContinue reading “I‘m Here ; We’re Here – Grapevine Article August 2019 by Clement C.”

The One I’d Never Make – Grapevine Article March 2021 by Karen M.

This was how low my disease brought me.  One night, I drank myself into a blackout and then I stabbed a cop. When I woke up, there was a woman police officer reading me my rights and I was handcuffed to a hospital bed. I explained that she had the wrong room, the wrong personContinue reading “The One I’d Never Make – Grapevine Article March 2021 by Karen M.”