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Relieve me of the bondage of self is what the third step prayer in the Big Book Alcoholics Anonymous tells us. Well, what does that look like in our life? Do we really mean what we say when reciting the third step prayer or are they just words. So often the immediate help and freedom […]

By | February 9th, 2017|Categories: aa retreat, Sober Living, Sober skills, spiritual self|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Grateful To Be Free

I remember the first time I got arrested. I was sitting in a car with a girlfriend under the FDR drive in Lower Manhattan. I left work in Brooklyn to see her and get high. Back then I usually had liquor in me or on me. I remember leaving work and a small quiet voice […]

T’was The Night Before Christmas

Recovery Version T’was the night before Christmas went all through the hall Not a member was stirring, nor sought alcohol Coffee and cookies were set out with care More AA members soon would be there Each grateful member with no trace of vanity Gave thanks to the Power that restores us to sanity The leader […]

By | December 20th, 2016|Categories: AA speaker|Tags: , |0 Comments

Money, Money, Money

I recently sat with a man I sponsor after a meeting because of what I watched him do during the meeting. You see this man is fairly well off financially. He travels at his own will, dines out regularly drives an expensive car and has the clothes to go with it all. When the seventh […]

By | November 25th, 2016|Categories: aa retreat|Tags: , |0 Comments

Where Am I?

I’ve learned from past experiences that staying current with my relationship with God and spiritual practices were and are vital to not only sobriety but to my life. The tendency for so many is to rely on old experiences to be current.  Our big book states to “grow in understanding and effectiveness”, so it begs the […]

Forgive them for they know not what they do

“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.  If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good. Give the world the […]

By | October 4th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Forgive them for they know not what they do

The Mind

Isn’t it interesting how we can continue to listen to the mind and it’s the mind that continues to cause all of our problems. Isn’t it interesting how we think we change our mind. Yet, how often does and has the mind changed us? Isn’t it interesting how we think we have thoughts yet the […]

By | September 14th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

So What Are You Waiting For?

  So What Are You Waiting For? Here is a consideration as I heard someone put it so well. Do we have an abnormal reaction to abstinence? Why is it that so many folks who are not drinking or drugging are still in the grip on “untreated alcoholism?”   We become a prey to our […]

By | August 29th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on So What Are You Waiting For?

What is a Resentment?

Resentment is to forget who we are – children of a loving God-all love and no opposite. We begin to feel “cut off” from God when we have unresolved resentments, and we become very much unlike Him. When we live in resentment we start to think God is agreeing with the resentment we have. In […]

By | August 26th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on What is a Resentment?

How am I doing?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I was asked a question once and it was is this. Is it possible that we can get further away from step one the further we can get away from step one ? What was behind the question was this. We can show up to AA, get a sponsor and are willing to do anything […]

By | August 13th, 2016|Categories: spiritual self|Comments Off on How am I doing?

Who Are You With?

Who Are You With? I used to be with Past. It was great when we first met. Past allowed me to behave anyway I wanted to and allowed me to blame whoever I wanted to for all my problems. There were so many times Past would remind of all the people who hurt me and […]

By | August 6th, 2016|Categories: Spiritual retreat|Comments Off on Who Are You With?
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