Tomorrow, we will read and discuss Step 3 in the OA 12 & 12, not Step 2, as was posted last week. To help guide our discussion, here are some questions:
These questions from The Twelve Step Workbook of Overeaters Anonymous and the page numbers come from the book The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous.
Step Three: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
In what ways am I willing to adopt a whole new attitude about weight control, body image, and eating? (p 20)
What has my attitude been about food and eating? (p. 20)
Am I ready to give up self-will regarding food? Explain. (p. 21)
How do I feel about completely turning my life over to a Higher Power for guidance? (p. 21)
Do I have eating guidelines? Will I ask God for the willingness and the ability to live within them each day? Explain. (p. 23)
If occasionally the obsession returns, how do I get through these times without overeating (p. 23)
How do I reach the decision to turn my will and life over to a Higher Power?
Am I willing to earnestly seek God’s will for me and willing to act accordingly? Explain.
What can I do when I feel unstable? (p25)
Why do I need to follow this new path? (p25)
What do I do when I face indecision? (p25)
What will it take for me to really work Step 3?
Do you question whether you are capable of being honest with yourself?
Note the state of mind you are asked to have when you start the Steps: honesty, fearlessness, thoroughness, and a willingness to go to any length. What do half measures avail us?
Are you convinced that a life run on self-will can hardly be a success? (BB pg. 60).
Can you see the effects of self-centeredness in your life?
How have you been self-centered? List examples in your workbook and discuss them with the group.
Did you know that you could not reduce self-centeredness much by wishing or trying on your own power? (BB PG. 62) Are you willing to take this Step?
Discuss the implications of the phrase, “I can’t, God can, God will if I let Him.”
In addition, our homework last week was to discuss “what is the difference between religion versus spirituality, and how can that help my program?”
I was looking through my various documents, and I found this document, that I think is perfect for our discussion:
Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!
In love and service,