Topic: Surrender

surrender-yes-copyHi Everyone!

Please forgive the late notice of this post. However, I was so inspired by our meeting last week that I have spent the whole week thinking about it.

In my travels through Google-land, I came across a few interesting documents on surrender, relapse, abstinence, and the steps.  With the group’s permission, I would like to explore these topics more. I think that willingness to surrender to a food plan and the program of recovery as outlined in the AA Big Book is very important and fits with our discussion on the first 3 steps.

Here are several documents that I would like use to read and discuss in our group tomorrow. Naturally, it is not possible to cover everything, but, “recovery begins with the first step.”

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These are documents on abstinence and surrendering to a food plan:

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This is a very good introduction to surrender:

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This is from NA on the spiritual principle of surrender. I think it is excellent!

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This has the appendix of the OA Brown Book on the disease of the body, mind and spirit. Although we read them before, I think that they are really helpful for understanding the disease of compulsive overeating and addiction:

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This is something that has a very nice description of food addiction and surrender, written by Barbara, plus some very nice slogans on this topic:

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These are from the same website that also wrote The Unpopular Guides that we read for Steps 10, 11 and 12.

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One of my favorite blogs, first164blogspot.com posted the following questions about surrender, which I thought might be helpful to guide our discussion:

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Do I want to fit my life around AA or AA around my life?

Do I want spiritual growth and a spiritual awakening for their own sake or only in as far as they help me realize my own plans?

Do I still believe that my plans for happiness will work or do I believe that only God’s will for me can bring happiness?

Am I happy simply to serve God for the sake of serving God or do I still want God to serve me?

Do my prayers reflect the former or the latter?

Am I consistent with my AA actions?

When I put other things first do I admit it or do I rationalize?

Am I still driven by money, sex, power, prestige, comfort, thrills, and appearance?

Am I now ready to give up and just serve?

Finally, there is a wonderful section in A New Pair Of Glasses by Chuck C. that I really want us to read as a group. It fits perfectly!

I am very excited that we are going to be reading this in our group!

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow morning.

In love and service,

Shira

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Posted 9th July 2014 by First 164

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