Discovering & Facing Reality – A Mashup of Two Grapevine Articles

Being honest about the reality of our lives while at the same time being open-minded and willing to respond differently to these realities is the heart and soul of recovery whether you have 2 days , 2 months , 2 years , or decades of sobriety. We also become clear that our denials, fears, resentments,Continue reading “Discovering & Facing Reality – A Mashup of Two Grapevine Articles”

Becoming Whole – Grapevine Article June 1979 by J.M.

AFTER WE HAVE put the cork in the bottle (Step One) and unloaded the garbage (Step Five), a burden is lifted from our shoulders–a burden we have borne so long, we have come to think of it as a permanent fixture. Step Three has removed the heavy responsibility of judging others and ourselves. In short,Continue reading “Becoming Whole – Grapevine Article June 1979 by J.M.”

Regrets and Promises – Grapevine Article by Howard M

An AA considers how an alcoholic can come to accept the past for what was At a meeting last week, I heard a man with over 10 years sober speak. He made a comment that he still had a hard time with the concept of not regretting the past. He still felt badly about someContinue reading “Regrets and Promises – Grapevine Article by Howard M”

The Hard Road – Grapevine Article by Matt W.

Learning to forgive himself was the road less traveled—but he took it Not only the getting and staying sober part but also the learning how to live and deal with life part of it. I have lost friends and family and fingers. I’ve lost jobs and had cars repo-ed. I have struggled at times withContinue reading “The Hard Road – Grapevine Article by Matt W.”

Mashup Those Other People – As Bill See It # 268 and Spot Inventory Mini Steps from 12 and 12

“Just like you, I have often thought myself the victim of what other people say and do. Yet every time I confessed the sins of such people, especially those whose sins did not correspond exactly with my own, I found that I only increased the total damage. My own resentment, my self-pity would often renderContinue reading “Mashup Those Other People – As Bill See It # 268 and Spot Inventory Mini Steps from 12 and 12”

Emotional Security – 12 & 12 pages 115 – 117

After we come into A.A., if we go on growing, our attitudes and actions toward security—emotional security and financial security—commence to change profoundly. Our demand for emotional security, for our own way, had constantly thrown us into unworkable relations with other people. Though we were sometimes quite unconscious of this, the result always had beenContinue reading “Emotional Security – 12 & 12 pages 115 – 117”

The Fine Art of Listening – Grapevine Article September 2008 by Anonymous

A newcomer learns to connect rather than condemn An old-timer once told me, before my first commitment as chairperson of a meeting, “The best thing about being chair is that it teaches you how to listen.” I was pretty sure I was already an excellent listener (as well as reader, analyzer, interpreter, and orator), butContinue reading “The Fine Art of Listening – Grapevine Article September 2008 by Anonymous”

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”