Meeting Summaries 2020

1-5-2020 #156. This is the link to the mp3. This week, we read and discussed the “Living Clean – The Journey Continues” up to page 113-2. This is a link to a free PDF of the book, available online. The pages are slightly different, but, the content is similar.

We began our group discussing “Is it possible to be addicted to program? Is that a transfer addiction?”

We are continuing on the subject of physical recovery. Today we discussed gratitude, disability, and emotional and spiritual crisis.

The topic of having regular business or group conscience meetings was brought up.

As a review: The 12 Traditions are the general guidelines and guiding principles that keep 12 Step support groups focused on unity and singleness of purpose.

They address how, as addicts, we can live and work together as individuals within a group, the 12 Step organization as a whole and with the world outside.

Perhaps as a group, our next topic could be “how would we like to implement the traditions and improve how our group carries the message of recovery to those who still suffer?”

In order to look at how to practice the traditions, a great place to start is this pamphlet on the topic by AA. After that, the group could do a group inventory (each word is to a different link to the same information). A group inventory is a wonderful way to assess “How well is our group carrying the message of recovery?”

Next, how does a group make an informed group conscience decision?

Here is a great link to a discussion on tradition 2 and group conscience which includes direct quotes from program literature.

There are a few articles that I found on how to have an informed group conscience:

This is an article from 1958 on AAs Group Conscience in Action from the AA Grapevine. (This is more for historical purposes).

These are short documents on this topic:

Informed Group  Conscience

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What is the purpose of having a business meeting?

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How does one chair a group conscience meeting?

Here is a link to the OA Group Conscience Meeting Format

This is one from NA.

This is a word document on how to chair a group conscience meeting:

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This could be a wonderful learning opportunity for the group. What would everyone like to do??

1-12-2020 #157. This is the link to the mp3. This week, we read and discussed the “Living Clean – The Journey Continues” up to page 123-0.

During the first part of the group, we had a group conscience on whether or not we want to schedule regular business or group conscience meetings.

We reviewed that the 12 Traditions not rules. Instead, the 12 Traditions are the general guidelines and guiding principles that keep 12 Step support groups focused on unity and singleness of purpose.

As addicts, we are seeking to change from being self-led to being God-led. We are seeking to change and recover from our addictions by living according to the principles that are embodied in the 12 steps, 12 traditions and in the 12 concepts in all our affairs – both inside and outside of the rooms.

The purpose of the 12 Traditions is to keep the group focused on “why are we here?” And, “how well are we carrying the message?”

Outcome of our group conscience today:

Everyone present in the meeting today shared that they are happy with how we currently resolve any issues or concerns.

Up until this point, whenever something comes up, we discuss the issue, come to a resolution and then continue on with the meeting. The preference is to continue with that method, rather than instituting something more formal.

As a group, we agreed that we would finish reading “Living Clean – The Journey Continues.”

Then, we will read this pamphlet on how the meetings fit the overall structure of program, followed by doing a group inventory (each word is to a different link to the same information).

The purpose of a group inventory is to assess “How well is our group carrying the message of recovery? How well is our group demonstrating how to practice the principles of the program?”

We will conclude our workshop by reading and discussing the book A New Pair of Glasses by Chuck C. (There is a more expensive text of the same book also available on Amazon. I am not sure how to distinguish one from the other.)

During our group conscience, we discussed the 7th Tradition. As a 12 Step group, Emotional Sobriety and Food does not having any fees or dues. However, we do have expenses. It was suggested that everyone give a donation of $25 in January and June to help cover the costs of our group. Any leftover money can be used at Shira’s discretion.

Shira: Thank you all for your generosity and support. I want to emphasis that I believe that God will provide the resources we need to run this group. And, any money received is a donation, not a fee. All are welcome!

This week, we read and discussed the “Living Clean – The Journey Continues” up to page 123-0. This is a link to a free PDF of the book, available online. The pages are slightly different, but, the content is similar.

We concluded the subject of physical recovery. Today we discussed aging, death and dying, living with grief and courage. The chapter concluded that with courage, we gain acceptance of our physical reality and the willingness to live to the level that we are capable of on life’s terms.

1-19-2020 #158. This is the link to the mp3. This week, we read and discussed the “Living Clean – The Journey Continues” up to page 141-1.

This is a link to a free PDF of the book, available online. The pages are slightly different, but, the content is similar.

Today, we began reading about relationships in recovery. We discussed how recovery does not happen in a vacuum. The relationships that we develop as we recover, both inside and outside of the rooms — give us the opportunity to repair the damage that may have occurred while we were living in our disease.

Not everyone had the opportunity to share. Please review what we read and we will start our meeting next week with open sharing about what we read this week.

1-26-2020 #159. This is the link to the mp3. This week, we read and discussed the “Living Clean – The Journey Continues” up to page 156-1.

This is a link to a free PDF of the book, available online. The pages are slightly different, but, the content is similar.