Our local group had a great meeting the other day about open-mindedness. It got me thinking about the last few years of my drinking. My life experience had led me to the closed-minded conclusion that God existed all right, but that God was a sick and twisted universal mind. In reality, drinking had sickened andContinue reading “The Road To Open-mindedness – Grapevine Article January 1993 by Anonymous”
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What Is An Open Mind? – Grapevine Article July 1959
The seventh of a series of “Beginners’ Meetings”–to run from time to time–for newcomers to AA sobriety. At our next beginners’ meeting a few members who have been sober in AA for awhile are going to tell us which suggestions in the AA program have helped them maintain sobriety. It should make an interesting meetingContinue reading “What Is An Open Mind? – Grapevine Article July 1959”
How GUGOGS Meditation Practice Works – April 2021
Includes excerpts and text from: AA Twelve and Twelve – 11th Step, 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 fromContinue reading “How GUGOGS Meditation Practice Works – April 2021”
April 11th Reflection – Each Day A New Beginning
An element of recovery is learning that we deserve success, the good things that come to us, and also that pain is a reality. We have the strength to deal with that pain without medicating, and it will pass. —Dudley Martineau Many of us didn’t understand the changing variables in being human. Our coping skillsContinue reading “April 11th Reflection – Each Day A New Beginning”
Daily Reprieve – Big Book Page 85
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 85”
Steps to Serenity – Grapevine Article August 1979 by S.M.
Continuing work with the Steps has given this AA increased periods of serenity I DRANK FOR fifteen years, and for the last two of those years, there was no question about whether or not I would drink. I had to. The choice was gone, and no matter what I said at the beginning of theContinue reading “Steps to Serenity – Grapevine Article August 1979 by S.M.”
Gratitude on an Easter Morning – Grapevine Article April 1970 by J.B.
It is a rare and precious moment when it first dawns on us that we are free and without fear AT A RECENT meeting I attended, someone broached the subject “peace of mind,” and as usual the kaleidoscope of AA began to produce many different patterns of thought. By the time most of us reachContinue reading “Gratitude on an Easter Morning – Grapevine Article April 1970 by J.B.”
Living the Steps – Grapevine Article December 1979 by S.M.
Self-acceptance was only one of many rewards he found in working and reworking the Steps IN THE LAST six months, I’ve begun to experience the striking benefits of working and reworking the Twelve Steps on a regular basis. My life is changing; my relationships with my family are improving; work goes better; and I’ve startedContinue reading “Living the Steps – Grapevine Article December 1979 by S.M.”
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”
Freedom Under God: The Choice Is Ours – Grapevine Article November 1960 by Bill W
Part I. 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 willingContinue reading “Freedom Under God: The Choice Is Ours – Grapevine Article November 1960 by Bill W”