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Posted by Efrain DeJesus on June 23, 2015 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)

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Keep It Simple - 5/17

Posted by Erin McV on May 17, 2015 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Each day provides it's own gifts - Ruth P. Freedman

Spiritual growth is the greatest gift we can receive.  And we earn it through taking risks.  There is much risk involve in working the steps.  The risk of admitting that we are out of control.  The risk of turning our will and our lives over to a power greater than ourselves.  The risk of letting go f character defects.  The risk of making amends to people we have harmed.  The risk of admitting our wrongs.  The risk of telling our stories as we carry the message of hope.  To grow spiritually, we need the adventures.  These challenges.  These risks.

Prayer for the day:  High Power help me take the risks that I need in order to grow.

Action for the day:  I will look at today as an adventure with my Higher Power.  I will list the fear that I'll need to let go.

Serenity Prayer - Long Form

Posted by Erin McV on April 14, 2015 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)

God, grant me the Serenity

To accept the things I cannot change...

Courage to change the things I can,

And Wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time,

Enjoying one moment at a time,

Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace.

Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is,

Not as I would have it.

Trusting that He will make all things right

if I surrender to His will.

That I may be reasonably happy in this life,

And supremely happy with Him forever in the next.

Amen.

 

Attributed to Reinhold Neibuhr

Living Sober Title Page and Forward

Posted by Dayzed on March 28, 2015 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (0)

About That Title...

Even the words “stay sober”— let alone live sober— offended many of us when we first heard such advice. Although we had done a lot of drinking, many of us never felt drunk, and were sure we almost never appeared or sounded drunk. Many of us never staggered, fell, or got thick tongues; many others were never disorderly, never missed a day at work, never had automobile accidents, and certainly were never hospitalized nor jailed for drunkenness.

We knew lots of people who drank more than we did, and people who could not handle their drinks at all. We were not like that. So the suggestion that maybe we should “stay sober” was almost insulting.

Besides, it seemed unnecessarily drastic. How could we live that way? Surely, there was nothing wrong with a cocktail or two at a business lunch or before dinner. Wasn’t everyone entitled to relax with a few drinks, or have a couple of beers before going to bed?

However, after we learned some of the facts about the illness called alcoholism, our opinions shifted. Our eyes have been opened to the fact that apparently millions of people have the disease of alcoholism. Medical science does not explain its “cause,” but medical experts on alcoholism assure us that any drinking at all leads to trouble for the alcoholic, or problem, drinker. Our experience overwhelmingly confirms this.

So not drinking at all— that is, staying sober— becomes the basis of recovery from alcoholism. And let it be emphasized: Living sober turns out to be not at all grim, boring, and uncomfortable, as we had feared, but rather something we begin to enjoy and find much more exciting than our drinking days. We’ll show you how.

Why 'not drinking'?

We members of Alcoholics Anonymous see the answer to that question when we look honestly at our own past lives. Our experience clearly proves that any drinking at all leads to serious trouble for the alcoholic, or problem drinker. In the words of the American Medical Association:

Alcohol, aside from its addictive qualities, also has a psychological effect that modifies thinking and reasoning. One drink can change the thinking of an alcoholic so that he feels he can tolerate another, and then another, and another. . . . The alcoholic can learn to completely control his disease, but the affliction cannot be cured so that he can return to alcohol without adverse consequences.*

And we repeat: Somewhat to our surprise, staying sober turns out not to be the grim, wet-blanket experience we had expected! While we were drinking, a life without alcohol seemed like no life at all. But for most members of A.A., living sober is really living— a joyous experience. We much prefer it to the troubles we had with drinking. One more note: anyone can get sober. We have all done it lots of times. The trick is to stay and to live sober. That is what this booklet is about.

* From an official statement issued July 31, 1964




Spiritual Experiences

Posted by Barbara Dunlap on March 1, 2015 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

I asked for strength and God gave me difficulties to make me strong.

I asked for wisdom and God gave me problems to solve.

I asked for prosperity and God gave me brawn and brains to work.

I asked for courage and God gave me dangers to overcome.

I asked for patience and God placed me in situations where I was forced to wait.

I asked for love and God gave me troubled people to help.

I asked for favors and God gave me opportunities.

I asked for everything so I could enjoy life.

Instead, He gave me life so I could enjoy everything.

I received nothing I wanted, I received everything I needed.

- Unknown

 

Keep It Simple 02-12-15

Posted by Dayzed on February 12, 2015 at 2:25 AM Comments comments (0)

We are always the same age inside. — Gertrude Stein

Deep inside, we each have a child's spirit. We still have many of the feelings we had when we were young. Some of us have a hurting child inside. There's sadness, fear, or anger that hasn't gone away. We're still lonely, no matter how many people care about us. Our inner child needs special help to heal. We can be good parents to our inner child. We do this by being gentle and caring with ourselves. In time, this child can be a happy center in our hearts.

Prayer for the Day

Higher Power, please heal the child inside me a little more each day. Help my inner child be alive, free, and full of joy.

Action for the Day Right now,

I'll close my eyes for a minute. I'll think kind thoughts about myself. Then I'll say out loud, “Inner child, I love you. I'll take good care of you.” I'll do this two more times today.

 

Anonymous (2009-09-29). Keep It Simple: Daily Meditations For Twelve-Step Beginnings And Renewal (Hazelden Meditation Series) (Kindle Locations 485-486). Hazelden Publishing. Kindle Edition.


 



Keep It Simple 2-05-15

Posted by Dayzed on February 5, 2015 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

We must believe the things we teach our children. — Woodrow Wilson

It may be easy to say the words and phrases we've heard without really meaning them. Someone says something at a meeting that sounds good. Our counselor has a favorite saying. We may say these words, but are we taking the time to ask the question, Do I believe what I'm saying? Step Two speaks of, “Came to believe....” By really believing in the Twelve Steps, we let them become part of us. The more we believe in the Steps the more we turn our lives over to them. Hopefully, over time, the Twelve Steps will guide us more and more. We'll speak to our family with the respect we've found in the Twelve Steps. Our spirit must truly believe. Then we can work the Steps.

Prayer for the Day

Higher Power, believing is something that lasts a lifetime. Give me the power to believe even when doubt creeps in.

Action for the Day

My beliefs are changing. Today, in my inventory, I'll ask: Do I believe what I said today?

 

Keep It Simple January 29

Posted by Dayzed on January 29, 2015 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

An alcoholic spends his life committing suicide on the installment plan. — Laurence Peter

None of us woke up one morning and found we had suddenly turned into an addict. We got to be one by practice. And we practiced often. We ignored our families—we left work early—and went drinking and drugging. Daily, we chose chemicals over anything else. Likewise, getting sober is no accident. We use the Steps. We work the program. At meetings, we're reminded to help others. We all get sober on the installment plan. A day at a time. We got sick one day at a time; we recover one day at a time.

Prayer for the Day

Today, with my Higher Power's help, I'll be happier, more honest, more sober. Sobriety is like a good savings account. Higher Power, help me to put in more than I take out.

Action for the Day

I'll go over my Step One to remind myself it's no accident I'm an addict.

 




 


Spontaneity

Posted by DougE on January 25, 2015 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Spontaneity is the quality of being able to do something just because you feel like it at the moment, of trusting your instinct, of taking yourself by surprise and snatching from the clutches of your well organized routine and bit of un shceduled pleasure.

-Richard Iannelli

The idea of turning our lives and our will over to the care of God is a very revolutionary thing to do. We are being told, "Let go of your excessive carefulness. Let the spirit guide you." When we are in touch with ourselves, with the people around us, with God, we are free to experiement. We don't learn from correctly doing the same thing repeatedly. We lear from trying new things and making mistakes.

Overcontrol is spiritually deadening. This is a program of life. Our renewal is a miraculous event. Why stop now? We can be in touch with the messages around us without trying to control the outcome. Wen we let God do the worrying, we find many possibliities open up.

As this adventure of life unfolds, I will not shy away from it.