Steps to Serenity – Grapevine Article August 1979 by S.M.

Continuing work with the Steps has given this AA increased periods of serenity I DRANK FOR fifteen years, and for the last two of those years, there was no question about whether or not I would drink. I had to. The choice was gone, and no matter what I said at the beginning of theContinue reading “Steps to Serenity – Grapevine Article August 1979 by S.M.”

Gratitude on an Easter Morning – Grapevine Article April 1970 by J.B.

It is a rare and precious moment when it first dawns on us that we are free and without fear AT A RECENT meeting I attended, someone broached the subject “peace of mind,” and as usual the kaleidoscope of AA began to produce many different patterns of thought. By the time most of us reachContinue reading “Gratitude on an Easter Morning – Grapevine Article April 1970 by J.B.”

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.”

What is the Third Legacy – World Service It’s Heart – Grapevine Article May 2002 by Bill W.

Excerpted from Grapevine July 1955 Our Twelfth Step–carrying the message–is the basic service that the AA Fellowship gives; this is our principal aim and the main reason for our existence. Therefore, AA is more than a set of principles; it is a society of alcoholics in action. We must carry the message, else we ourselvesContinue reading “What is the Third Legacy – World Service It’s Heart – Grapevine Article May 2002 by Bill W.”

Setting Right New Mistakes As We Go – Big Book Step 10 Pgs 84,85

This thought brings us to Step Ten, which suggests we continue to take personal inventory and continue to set right any new mistakes as we go along. We vigorously commenced this way of living as we cleaned up the past. We have entered the world of the Spirit. Our next function is to grow in understandingContinue reading “Setting Right New Mistakes As We Go – Big Book Step 10 Pgs 84,85”

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”

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”

No Strings Attached – Grapevine Article June 1981 by T.B.

I OFFER THIS example of rejection in its simplest form. I give a gift to someone. I bought or made the gift with joy. I anticipated how pleased the other person would be. I looked forward to the smile of appreciation and the warm gratification it would give me. In other words, I have madeContinue reading “No Strings Attached – Grapevine Article June 1981 by T.B.”

Use the Ingredients – Grapevine Article June 1954 by Anonymous

A candidate for AA membership said to his sponsor, “Look here, old chap, I’ve read the Twelve Steps from cover to cover. I guess I understand it thoroughly, but I don’t see yet how it’s going to keep me perpetually sober.” “Well,” answered the sponsor, “just pick up that book on my desk and openContinue reading “Use the Ingredients – Grapevine Article June 1954 by Anonymous”