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Hi everyone. This week we read up to p194 Bill. We talked about making amends and how they were received.

This week's question is based around this line from Kevin "So, ultimately, the amends process isn't for the other, but for the self." [p193

How has that been true in your experience? Do you feel like you benefited more from your amends than the other person?

Also, do you understand the wisdom of those amends you shouldn't make? "except when to do so would injure them or others" is right from Step Nine, but often doesn't seem as obvious to us when we want to clean our side of the street. Your thoughts?


For me, I definitely benefited more than all the others I made amends to, but most were grateful for the acknowledgment. My mother specifically asked me not to tell her any details as she didn't want to…

SHANNIN CLARKSON
SHANNIN CLARKSON
SHANNIN CLARKSON
5 days ago

Thank you for the meeting. Making amends for me was more like a living amends for most people that needed amends. I am grateful to clean my side of the street and right my wrongs. I feel lighter and free with no secrets of guilt/shame about the things I have done to the people I love. This program is amazing and I am happy to have seat. God Bless.

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Hi Everyone, This week we read up to Step Nine!! p190 The contemplative question for this week is how well do you practice your mindfulness/loving-kindness or other meditative skills off the cushion and out in the real world?


I shared at the meeting that I am definitely a work in progress, and while sometimes I can remember to pause and respond rather than react, I can also slip right from meditation into an old behavior just because I don't want to disturb my "zen state", and that's not very skillful. The Buddha was very clear about this and Kevin says it plainly ."...the truest expression of Buddhist wisdom is found in our relationships, when we act for the benefit of others." p184


How well do you do this in your relationships? Where can you be more skillful? Or maybe it is in your relationship with yourself that needs the mos…


Carolyn Bean
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Leslie Bastianelli
Leslie Bastianelli

Hi all, on vacation this week so am hoping to make it tomorrow night, can anyone share what page you read through last week?

Thanks!

Leslie

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Lori C
Lori C
Jun 30

Hi Leslie, we read up to p181 Thanksgiving weekend. I look forward to seeing you tomorrow night!


metta,


Lori

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Hi everyone, this week we read up to pg 170 There's more that we learn... we talked about renunciation and the freedom you can find in discipline and in restricting ourselves. A lot of the discussion was about food cravings and how we deal with them.

Here's this week's thought to consider: "True sobriety ...is not ordinary life with the drugs and alcohol cut out. It's a new way of living, of relating to ourselves and to the world." p167


How has this new way of life manifested for you in your recovery?

For me, it has shown up as a more social, involved and full life. I say yes today to things I had no interest in before, because I now say why not? and allow myself to be curious and to have a new experience rather than staying in my little bubble of misery and sameness, afraid …

Tracy Kitten
SHANNIN CLARKSON

I went ahead and read through pg 178, so I may be a bit ahead. But to the reading for the last couple weeks through Step 7, I, too, find myself working to be mindful of not replacing alcohol with other obsessive behaviors. It’s a constant reminder that I can have goals, but understand that it’s ok to sometimes be lazy without guilt. It’s that feeling as an example that if I have a piece of cake on a day I’ve committed to eat clean, it’s not a pass to throw in the towel for the full day and eat and eat more junk to the point I’m sick. That’s one example, but the old me could overdo across the board. Today in sobriety I’m finding it easier to take naps without guilt, to balance yes with no. It’s truly a challenge to find that balance between drive and acceptance of limits.

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