Pain is the Touchstone – AA Grapevine by Anonymous August 1991

Lori and I didn’t talk much. Instead, we specialized in our own nonverbal brands of communication. That’s why it came as such a shock to me when she finally did verbalize “separation.” After five years of marriage I had settled into a monotonous routine. I knew that the marriage wasn’t exciting or even rewarding butContinue reading “Pain is the Touchstone – AA Grapevine by Anonymous August 1991”

Adventure into the Unknown – Grapevine Article June 1972 By D.B.D.

Meditation opens us to an awareness of something ever new IN MY EIGHT YEARS In AA, I have slowly become aware that the losses and harm due to drinking were, though more obvious, not equal to those from alcoholic thinking. Slowly, against vicious, insidious resistance within me, I began about five years ago to findContinue reading “Adventure into the Unknown – Grapevine Article June 1972 By D.B.D.”

11th Step Prayer – Page 99 Twelve & Twelve

“Lord, make me a channel of thy peace—that where there is hatred, I may bring love—that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness—that where there is discord, I may bring harmony—that where there is error, I may bring truth—that where there is doubt, I may bring faith—that where there is despair,Continue reading “11th Step Prayer – Page 99 Twelve & Twelve”

An Unsuspected Inner Resource – February 2016 Grapevine Article By Dan H

If there’s something deep inside that’s smarter and kinder, then why not listen to it? What if there is no God? This question has haunted me periodically throughout my sobriety. If my sobriety depends on belief in and access to a power greater than myself, what happens if there is no God? Some say IContinue reading “An Unsuspected Inner Resource – February 2016 Grapevine Article By Dan H”

Group Conscious Desire For Meeting To Explore Meditation

In our October and November Group Conscience we have been discussing how this group might explore meditation. As you may know, this is not a new topic for an AA Group to consider and we may benefit from what others have done. This link is an example of a resource that is attempting to advanceContinue reading “Group Conscious Desire For Meeting To Explore Meditation”

When my ego Becomes My Ego – Feb 1983 Grapevine Article By F.H.

Steps Three and Eleven I’VE LEARNED that the better I can “practice these principles” in all my affairs, as the Twelfth Step suggests, the better my life works. To help me extend the program into my everyday life, I use a particular set of prayerful attitudes that incorporate the Third and Eleventh Steps. Before enteringContinue reading “When my ego Becomes My Ego – Feb 1983 Grapevine Article By F.H.”

The Greatest Gift – Grapevine Article December 1957 by AA Co-founder Bill W

THE GREATEST GIFT that can come to anybody is a spiritual awakening. Without doubt this would be the certain verdict of every well-recovered alcoholic in AA’s entire fellowship. So, then, what is this “spiritual awakening” this “transforming experience”? How can we receive it and what does it do? To begin with, a spiritual awakening isContinue reading “The Greatest Gift – Grapevine Article December 1957 by AA Co-founder Bill W”

We Seek Through Meditation – Grapevine Article March 1985 By C.C.

Step Eleven SEEKING “through prayer and meditation,” the Eleventh Step tells us, was among the vital actions that brought sobriety to the earliest members of Alcoholics Anonymous. Obviously, if we want what those pioneers had and if we are “willing to go to any length to get it,” we should pray and meditate. As IContinue reading “We Seek Through Meditation – Grapevine Article March 1985 By C.C.”

Reflection – Each Day A New Beginning For November 14th

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.  —Kathleen Casey Theisen How awesome is our power, personally, to choose our attitudes and our responses to any situation, to every situation. We will feel only how we choose to feel, no matter the circumstance. Happiness is as free an option as sorrow. Perceiving our challenges as opportunities forContinue reading “Reflection – Each Day A New Beginning For November 14th”