Lily, Our Friend – Grapevine Article February 2021 by Andy A.

As Andy and his buddy share love with a struggling home group member, her story keeps it mighty real About 20 minutes after 8:00 one Saturday, while sitting in my morning AA meeting, my mind kept wandering to thoughts of a friend in the program. I’ll call her Lily. A little more than a weekContinue reading “Lily, Our Friend – Grapevine Article February 2021 by Andy A.”

Heal Your Broken Heart – September 15th Meditation From Journey To The Heart

I lay on the cot in the bathhouse at the mineral springs. I was wrapped from head to toe in a woolen blanket. As I lay there, the blanket covering my face. I could almost feel each break line in my heart. I could feel the fractures in a way I hadn’t before. I knewContinue reading “Heal Your Broken Heart – September 15th Meditation From Journey To The Heart”

A Gift To Joe – Grapevine Article March 2016 by Joe T

Stuck in the rehab, he met a man who gave him a way out and also a way back in I was at the beginning of my second year of sobriety. It was late in October and the leaves were falling. The days were cool and the time of year was inviting nostalgia. My drinking friendsContinue reading “A Gift To Joe – Grapevine Article March 2016 by Joe T”

Guilt Is A Cunning Weapon – Grapevine Article May 1974 by H.M.

It can destroy us, or it can help us relate to our fellow alcoholic I AM THE lucky one, enjoying an incredible vacation high up in the Alps, surrounded by snowcapped mountains, flowering meadows, and crystal-clear brooks. The gift of unrushed thinking, of meditation, presents itself in such an environment. It brings happiness and peaceContinue reading “Guilt Is A Cunning Weapon – Grapevine Article May 1974 by H.M.”

Recovering From Fear & Resentment – Grapevine Article September 2002 by Ernst S

Life was changing in a way I didn’t want it to. I wanted the old life back, but was determined to survive the collapse. I was building a passive solar house on thirty acres. A stream bordered my land, and a hill that caught enough wind to generate electricity. I’d put in organic gardens andContinue reading “Recovering From Fear & Resentment – Grapevine Article September 2002 by Ernst S”

Finding The Bright Spot Of Our Lives – Big Book Page 89

Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics. It works when other activities fail. This is our twelfth suggestion: Carry this message to other alcoholics! You can help when no one else can. You can secure their confidence when others fail. Remember they are veryContinue reading “Finding The Bright Spot Of Our Lives – Big Book Page 89”

A Way Of Life – Grapevine Article Dec 1999 by Jim N.

Step 12: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs. In Western Massachusetts we have the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions on display and that’s what I saw at my first meeting. I was disgusted.Continue reading “A Way Of Life – Grapevine Article Dec 1999 by Jim N.”

True Ambition – and False ; As Bill Sees It # 46

We have had a much keener look at ourselves and those about us. We have seen that we were prodded by unreasonable fears or anxieties into making a life business of winning fame, money, and what we thought was leadership. So false pride became the reverse side of that ruinous coin marked “Fear.” We simplyContinue reading “True Ambition – and False ; As Bill Sees It # 46”

Emotional Security – 12 & 12 pages 115 – 117

After we come into A.A., if we go on growing, our attitudes and actions toward security—emotional security and financial security—commence to change profoundly. Our demand for emotional security, for our own way, had constantly thrown us into unworkable relations with other people. Though we were sometimes quite unconscious of this, the result always had beenContinue reading “Emotional Security – 12 & 12 pages 115 – 117”

A New Life – As Bill Sees It #8

Is sobriety all that we are to expect of a spiritual awakening? No, sobriety is only a bare beginning; it is only the first gift of the first awakening. If more gifts are to be received, our awakening has to go on. As it does go on, we find that bit by bit we canContinue reading “A New Life – As Bill Sees It #8”