Transcending Resentments Into Freedom – Big Book Page 552

If you have resentment you want to be free of, if you will pray for the person or thing that you resent, you will be free. If you will ask in prayer for everything you want for yourself to be given to them, you will be free. Ask for their health, their prosperity, their happiness,Continue reading “Transcending Resentments Into Freedom – Big Book Page 552”

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”

Who I Really Am – Grapevine Article March 2021 by Andy A.

Being reminded of the man he never wants to be again keeps this father on the path of a good life The two AA meetings I attend most frequently are Big Book meetings. In these meetings, we move sequentially through the book, front to back. So I always know which chapter will be read atContinue reading “Who I Really Am – Grapevine Article March 2021 by Andy A.”

The Pain Was Lifted – Grapevine Article July 1989 by Lou H.

Step Seven – Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings. After several years of enjoyable sobriety I was suddenly seized by negative thinking so devastating that it wiped out my peace of mind, undermined my ability to work, and might eventually have sent me back to drinking. Today, with thirty years of continuous abstinence, IContinue reading “The Pain Was Lifted – Grapevine Article July 1989 by Lou H.”

Sharing The Pain – Grapevine Articles July 1996 by Caroline B.

The Fourth Step helped open the doorway to the past When I was in treatment, I set a goal to do a yearly Fourth Step. I became convinced that the only way to stay sober was to do a yearly housecleaning. But looking back over three years of sobriety, I can see that my initialContinue reading “Sharing The Pain – Grapevine Articles July 1996 by Caroline B.”

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”

The Pit of Depression – Grapevine Article February 1969 by D.A.B

It’s a trap that may endanger anyone. Here’s how two members fought their way back MY FIRST year within the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous closed on a high note. I had been spared the necessity of taking that deadly first drink. Personal meaning had become associated with the phrase “God as we understood Him,” andContinue reading “The Pit of Depression – Grapevine Article February 1969 by D.A.B”

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”

The Headache of Soul – Grapevine Article July 1961 by C.A.

Its cunning, its power, its baffling nature manifests itself in subtle ways WHEN I was in graduate school almost thirty years ago, I had a professor whose wife was allergic (or, as the allergists would say, “intolerant” or “sensitive”) to aspirin. To me, aspirin is a harmless pain reliever. To her, it was a deadlyContinue reading “The Headache of Soul – Grapevine Article July 1961 by C.A.”