Life Is Not A Dead End – As Bill Sees It #85

When a man or a woman has a spiritual awakening, the most important meaning of it is that he has now become able to do, feel, and believe that which he could not do before on his unaided strength and resources alone. He has been granted a gift which amounts to a new state ofContinue reading “Life Is Not A Dead End – As Bill Sees It #85”

Living Sober – Chapter 25 Getting Out Of The If Trap

Emotional entanglements with people are not the only way we can get our sobriety dangerously hooked to something extraneous . Some of us have a tendency to put other conditions on our sobriety , without intending to . One A.A . member says , “ We drunks * are very ‘ iffy ’ people .Continue reading “Living Sober – Chapter 25 Getting Out Of The If Trap”

Making Peace With The Holidays – Grapevine Article December 2020 By Paul B.

This Christmas Eve, a lonely newcomer learned that choosing joy was the way to go It was 1984 and Christmas was approaching. I hadn’t had a visit nor heard from a single friend or relative since I had moved into this recovery house more than three months earlier. No one called to say they missedContinue reading “Making Peace With The Holidays – Grapevine Article December 2020 By Paul B.”

Living Sober – Chapter 16 Being Good To Yourself

When a loved one or a dear friend of ours is recuperating from a serious illness , we generally try to give what good nurses call T.L.C . ( Tender Loving Care ) . We pamper a sick child , providing favorite foods and some fun to help in recovery . Convalescence from the illnessContinue reading “Living Sober – Chapter 16 Being Good To Yourself”

Time To Be Kind – Grapevine Article December 2020 By Matt M

Through a little faith and effort, a husband’s longtime holiday resentment becomes a gift to someone he loves. Cliff, an old-timer in my home group, used to say that in order to recover, I would have to see things I don’t want to see, hear things I don’t want to hear and do things IContinue reading “Time To Be Kind – Grapevine Article December 2020 By Matt M”

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”

What Is Meditation? Grapevine Article November 1999 By Sim G.

Step Eleven As with most people, I gave this Step much thought when I began working the program. It seemed straightforward enough to me–I was to take some time each day to improve my conscious contact with God. But as time went on, things which appeared simple on first hearing began to take on aContinue reading “What Is Meditation? Grapevine Article November 1999 By Sim G.”

Room In My Heart – Grapevine Article November 2020 By Candace T

Today I decided to write out my thoughts and share them with someone I have learned to trust. That’s how we build bridges of trust and understanding I’ve heard it said that there’s no loneliness like that of alcoholic isolation. I believe it. The shadow of this disease has been with me as long asContinue reading “Room In My Heart – Grapevine Article November 2020 By Candace T”

A Daily Meditation Grapevine Web Exclusive By Judy M

A woman discovers a way to practice conscious contact while she goes about the business of the day I got up this morning, and rolled off the bed to my knees to get the day off the ground right like it says to do on pages 86 and 87 of the Big Book. I feltContinue reading “A Daily Meditation Grapevine Web Exclusive By Judy M”