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Step 9 Study - Mopping Up Mistakes

Almost no one looks forward to doing Step Nine, yet it plays such an important part in any recovery that goes beyond weight loss. Two experiences showed me the advantage of working this Step with a sponsor. Whenever I reviewed my past conduct, I always felt guilty; I’d cheated two e ..

Step 8 Study - Connection Bridge

Step 8 - Made a list of all persons we had harmed and become willing to make amends to them all. The list of people I had harmed was very fresh in my mind the day I walked into OA. In fact, it was branded on my conscience and burned fiercely as shame whenever I encountered someone I had harm ..

Step 7 Study - How I Ask

Step 7 - Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings. The Seventh Step is one of the most important in my recovery. Every Step is crucial, of course, but Step Seven holds a special place in my heart. For me, it is the realization of a miracle. I ask my HP, whom I call God, to remove ..

Step 6 Study - A Spiritual Gauge

Step 6 - Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. The June 1 readings in For Today and Voices of Recovery are both about Step Six. The way I practice and understand this Step today involves my perspective. As I grow in relationship with my loving Higher Power th ..

Step 5 Study - Cleaning Out the Closet

Step 5-Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. My first sponsor pointed out that the promises of the program are clear: If we clean up the past (Steps Four through Nine) and continue to take daily inventory (Steps Ten and Eleven), ever relyin ..

Step 3 - Fear Removal

I must confess: after nearly three years in this program, Step Three is the one I've struggled with most. Naturally, that's the Step I've been asked to write about. I wonder if my Higher Power has anything to do with that! Like a lot of people, I experienced a childhood of abuse. I guess yo ..

Tradition 3 - No Need To Know

I am writing for myself and those who feel they don't really belong in OA. I'm writing for the atheists and agnostics. My Dad was in recovery in another Twelve Step fellowship for thirty years. He was also agnostic. Over the years when I was growing up, I'd ask him, "Do you think there is  ..

Quick Calling

When I used to exercise compulsively, I had a saying I would use to keep hydrated: "When you think, drink." Now that I am abstinent, I no longer exercise compulsively. But I use a similar method to make outreach calls. Whenever my intuition (also known as my HP's will) tells me I should real ..

I Am Home

Isolation and hope stand out to me today, in part because of the Voices of Recovery reading on isolation and fellowship (p. 191) and in part because eight years ago today I surrendered my food to my Higher Power. Today I carry a message of hope as I enjoy a life vastly beyond my wildest dreams.  ..

Bits and Bites February 2017

Any action, no matter how small, will help us to overcome deadly procrastination. -- The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, p. 31 There is a tremendous paradox between powerlessness and responsibility ... I am "powerless over food," not "powerless over footwork."  ..