When many people look at the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, they see them in their linear form, as they are meant to be worked in my opinion. However, Step Twelve which states, “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice [...]
I have been reading a lot of Thich Nhat Hanh recently. If you are not familiar with him, he is a Vietnamese Buddhist Monk who teaches at Plum Village, has authored many books, and a strong peace advocate. Considered by many as the most influential figure in Zen Buddhism, Thich Nhat Hanh has been paramount [...]
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” -Helen Keller “We must learn to live together as brothers, or perish together as fools.” -Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. “I came upon a doctor who appeared in quite poor health, I said, ‘There’s nothing I can do for you that [...]
I am currently in the San Francisco Bay Area. Living in Santa Monica, I believe I am blessed with one of the strongest recovering communities in the world. West Los Angeles is full of people of all ages and nationalities, from parents to their children, from homeless heroin addicts to soccer moms. It is a [...]
I heard a speaker say recently in a meeting that they no longer have good days and bad days. Through working a program, the woman had reached a level of gratitude for her life, stating that she has good days and great days.
“Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy: true fulfillment.” -Tony Robbins “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” -His Holiness The Dalai Lama XIV “A dog has one aim in life… [...]
The Twelfth Step of Alcoholics Anonymous states that we “try to carry this message to alcoholics, and practice these principles in all our affairs.” I think that some people understand this step differently than I do, and I would very simply like to share how I work my Step 12.
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.