Meditation Meeting, Feb. 21st 2021 –Introduction to Meditation, (Revised)

By Wayne S. Includes excerpts and text edited from:  AA Twelve and Twelve – 11th Step, miscellaneous excerpts from various sessions from the app Waking Up by Sam Harris, Tracy Cochran blogpost Giving is Receiving The Get Up, Get Out, Get Sober (GUGOGS) meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous devotes the meeting on the third Sunday of each month toContinue reading “Meditation Meeting, Feb. 21st 2021 –Introduction to Meditation, (Revised)”

The Power of Our Part ( Awareness, Attitudes, and Actions ) When Encountering Pain

Yesterday as we discussed Chapter 22 of Living Sober regarding self-pity, we had some powerful shares about the importance of acknowledging and facing our pain. I’ve chosen as my primary lead a Grapevine article published on the website back in January that we’ve never discussed entitled ‘The Power of Pain’. This article captures and expandsContinue reading “The Power of Our Part ( Awareness, Attitudes, and Actions ) When Encountering Pain”

No Longer Alone – Grapevine Article May 2020 by David S

With a sponsor’s tough love and unconditional acceptance, he finished his Fifth Step and got back into life At the meeting, he would sit facing the door. The vigil of a lonely man, I came to think of it as. The kind of vigil I used to maintain on a barstool, hoping for the rightContinue reading “No Longer Alone – Grapevine Article May 2020 by David S”

Reality – Grapevine Article July 1981 by J.W.

SOMEWHERE along the line, I bought a bill of goods that said I should never have to be uncomfortable. I bought it as a child and used the things of children to make it so. Later, I used alcohol to make it more so. Alcohol failed, and I had to find a substitute. I cameContinue reading “Reality – Grapevine Article July 1981 by J.W.”

Anonymity’s Spiritual Dividends – May 1955 by Anonymous

IN Bill’s January Grapevine article, the value of anonymity as group protection and insurance was spelled out in letters big enough for a blind man to see. It drove home the importance of anonymity to AA’s survival and continued effectiveness. Of equal interest to me,[1] however, were the suggestions scattered throughout that anonymity is no ordinary insuranceContinue reading “Anonymity’s Spiritual Dividends – May 1955 by Anonymous”

Someone Who Understood – Grapevine Article November 2020 by Dave S.

Hitting bottom would surely end his chance to adopt. Who on earth would let him raise their child now? Never underestimate the miracles of sobriety. Prior to getting sober, my wife and I initiated the process of private adoption in hopes of adding a child to our family. We had a 3-year-old daughter and weContinue reading “Someone Who Understood – Grapevine Article November 2020 by Dave S.”

Yes to Sobriety – Grapevine Article Web Exclusive by Ken K.

In the aftermath of the tragic death of a sponsee, his sponsor reflects back on life, service, and relapse in AA “Ken, I think something bad happened to Dan.” With those words, spoken softly over the telephone by a fellow recovering alcoholic early one evening last spring, my worst fears as an AA sponsor beganContinue reading “Yes to Sobriety – Grapevine Article Web Exclusive by Ken K.”

Toward Reality – Grapevine Article April 1980 by C.B.

THE SPEAKER at my group’s closed meeting recounted her sponsor’s advice for dealing with her fears: “Don’t drink, go to daily meetings, and nothing bad can happen to you.” Not long before this meeting, dear AA friends who don’t drink and do go to many meetings had experienced probably the worst thing that can happenContinue reading “Toward Reality – Grapevine Article April 1980 by C.B.”

Planting Seeds – Grapevine Article June 2020 By Karen C.

After years of hard work, a committee in Northern California starts a successful prison sponsorship program Since 1987, one of the defining characteristics of my sobriety has been my participation in the NorCal (Northern California) Hospitals & Institutions (H&I) Committee. While I’ve loved all my service work, carrying the message of AA to the alcoholicContinue reading “Planting Seeds – Grapevine Article June 2020 By Karen C.”

Closet Anger – Grapevine Article December 1984 By K.P.

FOR THE FIRST five or six years of my sobriety, I thought it–well–unfair that we alcoholics could not afford anger or resentment. Popular literature of the time was full of the value of “venting.” Other people, it appeared, could indulge in volcanoes of molten fury and emerge purified and refreshed, their relationships clearer and richer forContinue reading “Closet Anger – Grapevine Article December 1984 By K.P.”