Surrender

Surrender

Surrender is that moment when we realize and acknowledge to our innermost selves that we cannot stop drinking, that the option to “not drink” has been removed, that will power and desire to stop drinking have no effect to change our behavior.  We may use...
Serenity

Serenity

Serenity is a word often heard and used in AA meetings.  But what does it really mean?  Emmet Fox in his book Sermon on the Mount says that serenity is a word used by mystics to refer to the fundamental tranquility of soul.  The fundamental tranquility...
Living in the Presence

Living in the Presence

In Alcoholics Anonymous we learn to live in what is referred to in the Big Book as the fourth dimension. This is a powerful shift in consciousness.  When I came into AA I was full of fear.  The past was over, the present included profound grief over the loss...
Gratitude

Gratitude

Gratitude for me is a matter of perception.  It usually requires that I shift the kaleidoscope of my perception a few degrees away from my normal gaze and onto one of more light, beauty, and love.  Often this shift is thrust upon me like when I am driving North up...
Doubt

Doubt

There are times when I lose my grip on life.  Some unexpected news shatters my normal equanimity:  a sudden need for surgery for a loved one, financial set back, someone close to me is dishonest…  I find myself caught up in fear.  I struggle to...

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