May 7th Every Day A New Beginning

We tend to think of the rational as a higher order, but it is the emotional that marks our lives. One often learns more from ten days of agony than from ten years of contentment. —Merle Shain Pain stretches us. It pushes us toward others. It encourages us to pray. It invites us to relyContinue reading “May 7th Every Day A New Beginning”

Groping Toward God – As Bill Sees It #323

More than most people, I think, alcoholics want to know who they are, what this life is about, whether they have a divine origin and an appointed destiny, and whether there is a system of cosmic justice and love. It is the experience of many of us in the early stages of drinking to feelContinue reading “Groping Toward God – As Bill Sees It #323”

How It Works At Work – Big Book Page 63

We had a new Employer. Being all powerful, He provided what we needed, if we kept close to Him and performed His work well. Established on such a footing we became less and less interested in ourselves, our little plans and designs. More and more we became interested in seeing what we could contribute toContinue reading “How It Works At Work – Big Book Page 63”

‘How It Works’ Works For Me – Grapevine Article October 2003 by Diane S.

As a newcomer, I first heard “How It Works” before I ever picked up a Big Book. It conveyed the essence of the program in a couple of minutes. Its repetition over the years has served as a general reminder. After all, alcoholics have short memories. Legend has it that Bill W. wrote “How ItContinue reading “‘How It Works’ Works For Me – Grapevine Article October 2003 by Diane S.”

The Experiment And Experience Of A New Way Of Living – Mashup Of Meditation and Grapevine Article

This mashup may be useful in helping us realize how the truth of our experience is both deeply held and transformed by what we do. The mashup begins with a powerful meditation asking the question of where do those truths we hold deepest in our hearts come from. The Grapevine article may help us realizeContinue reading “The Experiment And Experience Of A New Way Of Living – Mashup Of Meditation and Grapevine Article”

A Way Of Life – 11th Step Excerpt from Grapevine Article December 1999 by Jim N.

Many people believe that we “go through” the Steps in an orderly fashion, the way you pass through a series of doors. For me, it’s a revolving door. I believe I was getting something from Step Eleven at my first meeting. Here I was a helpless, hopeless drunk looking at people who didn’t drink anymoreContinue reading “A Way Of Life – 11th Step Excerpt from Grapevine Article December 1999 by Jim N.”

The Sense Of Belonging – As Bill Sees It #117

Perhaps one of the greatest rewards of meditation and prayer is the sense of belonging that comes to us. We no longer live in a completely hostile world. We are no longer lost and frightened and purposeless. The moment we catch even a glimpse of God’s will, the moment we begin to see truth, justice,Continue reading “The Sense Of Belonging – As Bill Sees It #117”

Sounds of Silence – Grapevine Article April 2004 by Jean C.

They can be heard anytime the bondage of self drops away My home group usually seizes up if there’s a whole forty-five seconds of silence between shares. Then someone leaps into the breach, saying, “I’ll talk because I just can’t stand the silence.” This might be part of my problem with meditation. As an alcoholic,Continue reading “Sounds of Silence – Grapevine Article April 2004 by Jean C.”

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”

Heal Your Broken Heart – September 15th Meditation From Journey To The Heart

I lay on the cot in the bathhouse at the mineral springs. I was wrapped from head to toe in a woolen blanket. As I lay there, the blanket covering my face. I could almost feel each break line in my heart. I could feel the fractures in a way I hadn’t before. I knewContinue reading “Heal Your Broken Heart – September 15th Meditation From Journey To The Heart”