Learning About Responsibility My sobriety has taught me accountability and commitment that has helped me maintain a job. Early in sobriety my sponsor directed me to take commitments at meetings, show up regularly, and have integrity. I learned to arrive at meetings on time and not break commitments. My first [...]
There are numerous ways in which people compare Buddhism and Twelve-Step programs. One of the easiest similarities to see between Buddhism and recovery is in the Three Jewels and the AA Triangle symbol. A simple connection to make, these two ideas from two different spiritual programs tie together beautifully. The [...]
The Fourth Step of Alcoholics Anonymous reads, “Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.” Many people who are going through the steps for the first time find this step overwhelmingly frightening. The principle of Step Four is Courage.
The Third Step of Alcoholics Anonymous states that we “Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.” I find the main principle behind this step to be faith.
The Twelfth Step states that we must, “practice these principles in all our affairs.” Although it is obvious we learn new principles in the Twelve-Step program, many people are not aware of what the principles really are.
Many meetings across the country read the beginning of Chapter Five, entitled “How it Works.” A part of the reading says, “If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it – then you are ready to take certain steps.” [...]
Great post! Thanks for the heads up that this was here; I am glad I read it! I really like the focus on the word “powerless”, as you discussed in the post a little while ago. I think that powerlessness is an interesting word. I do not necessarily agree with [...]