More Than Comfort – As Bill Sees It #148

When I am feeling depressed, I repeat to myself statements such as these: “Pain is the touchstone of progress.” …“ Fear no evil.” …“ This, too, will pass.” …“ This experience can be turned to benefit.” These fragments of prayer bring far more than mere comfort. They keep me on the track of right acceptance;Continue reading “More Than Comfort – As Bill Sees It #148”

All or Nothing – As Bill Sees It #6

Acceptance and faith are capable of producing 100 per cent sobriety. In fact, they usually do; and they must, else we could have no life at all. But the moment we carry these attitudes into our emotional problems, we find that only relative results are possible. Nobody can, for example, become completely free from fear,Continue reading “All or Nothing – As Bill Sees It #6”

A Lesson In Harmony – Grapevine Article May 1959 by T.W.

MANY notes and many instruments go to make a symphony. Life is like that too. I do not mean the vast discord of a drunken existence, nor the confusion of intermittent tippling between benders. I mean real life; the experience that commences with active participation in AA. Many instruments and much practice are needed forContinue reading “A Lesson In Harmony – Grapevine Article May 1959 by T.W.”

A Whole Person – Grapevine Article January 1982 by J.M.

He had changed in sobriety–and it showed THERE WAS a time when my main problem was trying to get enough courage to kill myself. I am a victim of leprosy of the soul, commonly called alcoholism. They tell me it is incurable. I believe them. I have seen many people die a miserable death fromContinue reading “A Whole Person – Grapevine Article January 1982 by J.M.”

The Secret of Serenity – Grapevine Article January 1952 by Anonymous

IN attending meetings in various groups in our region, I am continually surprised at the number of members who are resentful because they have not acquired “serenity”. They can’t get peace of mind “no matter how they try.” It is my opinion and it has certainly been my experience that we don’t “get” serenity byContinue reading “The Secret of Serenity – Grapevine Article January 1952 by Anonymous”

Power of Acceptance – Grapevine Article October 1984 by J.E.

MANY OF MY earliest memories are of trying very hard, with a small child’s limited resources, to change the people, places, and things in my little life that were unacceptable to me. In fact, it seems that all my life I have pitted my strength and ingenuity against unacceptable situations, trying to change them intoContinue reading “Power of Acceptance – Grapevine Article October 1984 by J.E.”

Fear – Big Book Pages 67, 68

Notice that the word “fear” is bracketed alongside the difficulties with Mr. Brown, Mrs. Jones, the employer, and the wife. This short word somehow touches about every aspect of our lives. It was an evil and corroding thread; the fabric of our existence was shot through with it. It set in motion trains of circumstancesContinue reading “Fear – Big Book Pages 67, 68”

Mashup Grapevine Article ‘A Time For Acceptance’ May 2021 By V.T and As Bill Sees It #44

The mother of an essential worker shares how AA helps her stay sane and grateful during a pandemic Having a controlled view of the world from my bedroom, I read another news article on my computer about the progress of the pandemic. It’s my daily check on the numbers in my state.  I have beenContinue reading “Mashup Grapevine Article ‘A Time For Acceptance’ May 2021 By V.T and As Bill Sees It #44”

What Is An Open Mind? – Grapevine Article July 1959

The seventh of a series of “Beginners’ Meetings”–to run from time to time–for newcomers to AA sobriety. At our next beginners’ meeting a few members who have been sober in AA for awhile are going to tell us which suggestions in the AA program have helped them maintain sobriety. It should make an interesting meetingContinue reading “What Is An Open Mind? – Grapevine Article July 1959”

How GUGOGS Meditation Practice Works – April 2021

Includes excerpts and text from: AA Twelve and Twelve – 11th Step, 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 fromContinue reading “How GUGOGS Meditation Practice Works – April 2021”