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.

02-02-2020 #160. This is the link to the mp3. This week, we read and discussed the “Living Clean – The Journey Continues” up to page 175-1.

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

02-09-2020 #161. This is the link to the mp3. This week, we read and discussed the “Living Clean – The Journey Continues” up to page 189-1. We began the chapter, A New Way of Life.

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

This week we discussed if we would like to alter our group format to leave more time for discussion.

It was suggested that the total amount of time allotted for sharing will be adjusted each week in order to enable 3 minutes shares for each person present. The total amount will vary depending on the number of participants present.

Up until this point we only allowed for 15 minutes of discussion, which was sometimes frustrating for people.

We also discussed the possibility of reading the book No Guilt No Games No Drama the 7 Keys to Setting Smarter Boundaries by Steph Sterner (her name links to her website).

This is definitely not program literature. However, the issue of setting proper boundaries and knowing the balance between self-care vs. self-absorption and selfishness is a reoccurring theme for so many of us in recovery.

Please review the book. We can decide if it is appropriate to read the book as a group or not.  If not, I highly recommend reading the book individually.

Aidel also reminded me of another great book, Loving What Is by Byron Katie. She also has a website called TheWork. Her books are very insightful and helpful!

02-16-2020 #162. This is the link to the mp3. This week, we read and discussed the “Living Clean – The Journey Continues” up to page 203-0.

It was suggested that we do not read the book No Guilt No Games No Drama the 7 Keys to Setting Smarter Boundaries by Steph Sterner (her name links to her website) as a group.

In program, we are seeking a spiritual solution to our problems. The AA BB tells us that “self-reliance always fails us.” This is the difference between a self-help approach and and following a spiritual program of recovery as outlined in the AA Big Book. Therefore, since this book does not offer a God-reliant solution to our problems, it would be best for anyone who is interested to read the book independently if desired.

02-23-2020 #163. This is the link to the mp3. This week, we read and discussed the “Living Clean – The Journey Continues” up to page 219-0. We completed the chapter, A New Way of Life.

Next week we will start the final chapter, The Journey Continues.

When we complete the book, I would like to read from the stories in the AA Big Book before moving onto our next source of literature.

As discussed, we will read from this pamphlet by AA to look at how to practice the traditions, and assess “How well is our group carrying the message of recovery?”

As part of Step 12, we will do a group inventory (each word is to a different link to the same information).

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.)

03-01-2020 #164. This is the link to the mp3. This week, we read and discussed the “Living Clean – The Journey Continues” up to page 232-2. We are now reading the final chapter, The Journey Continues.

spring forward

Next week begins Daylight Savings Time. Please remember to turn your clocks forward 1 hour. That means that 5:30 AM will feel like 4:30 AM.

Our regular meeting will still take place.

If our group is very small, we will read from the stories in the AA Big Book instead.

I am going to try and go to bed 1 hour earlier. Perhaps that will help to compensate for the loss of 1 hour of sleep?

Looking forward to seeing everyone next week.

Together we can do what we could never do alone.

03-08-2020 #165. This is the link to the mp3. This week, we read and discussed the “Living Clean – The Journey Continues” up to page 248-1. We are now reading the final chapter, The Journey Continues.

03-15-2020 #166. This is the link to the mp3. This week, we read and completed “Living Clean – The Journey Continues.”  It was a wonderful book and absolutely worth rereading either individually or as a group.

Next week we will begin reading from this pamphlet by AA to look at how to practice the traditions.

After that, we will do a group inventory (each word is to a different link to the same information) to assess “How well is our group carrying the message of recovery?”

We enjoyed reading the NA literature so much that we discussed as a group that we will read Guiding Principles the Spirit of Our Traditions by NA. Here is a link to a pdf of a draft of the book if you would like to preview some of the content.

03-22-2020 #167. This is the link to the mp3. This week, we read discussed the story in the AA Big Book “A Late Start.”

Next week, we will continue reading the stories  out of the AA Big Book, as there are only 2 more left!

After that, we will begin reading from this pamphlet by AA to look at how to practice the traditions. Aidel suggested buying the pamphlet from AA directly, as it will be easier to read.

Included in that pamphlet is the group inventory (each word is to a different link to the same information) that we had discussed doing already to assess “How well is our group carrying the message of recovery?”

Since we enjoyed reading the NA literature so much that we discussed as a group that we will read Guiding Principles the Spirit of Our Traditions by NA. Here is a link to a pdf of a draft of the book if you would like to preview some of the content.

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.)

03-29-2020 #168. This is the link to the mp3. This week, we read and discussed the story in the AA Big Book “Freedom from Bondage.”

Here is the link to read the Freedom from Bondage Prayer.

With the extra time, we read the recent postWhere Are You in Your Spiritual Journey of Recovery Today?

Next week, we will read the last story out of the AA Big Book.  After that, we can either discuss the questions from the post or start to read the pamphlet by AA to look at how to practice the traditions.

An email was sent out to the group with the pamphlet attached. Alternatively, you can order a printed copy directly from AA.