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Stepping through the Holidays -- HP’s Holiday Card

I’d like to share a love note Higher Power gave me withTIPS for staying abstinent and sane during the holidays. Dear One, thanks for getting in touch! Please know this: Nothing you could think, say, or do could make me love or respect you less. If you’re in the food, you’re separating  ..

Step 11 Study - The Sum of One and One

At a recent meeting, the topic for sharing was “What Step has been most meaningful in your recovery?” As you can imagine, a dozen members presented a dozen different responses. I will share my answer with you. If I were to be accused of two-stepping, I hope that my evidence would point to St ..

Step 10 Study - Story at Ten

Tenth Step inventory is one day of my story. Any harms have I done? Did I help anyone? Judged others, “If only . . .?” Offered hope to the lonely? To old grudges cling? Or self-pity’s song sing? My duties remiss in? Did I talk more or listen? Take more than I neede ..

Bits and Bites, September 2017

THE MORE TOTAL OUR SURRENDER, THE MORE FULLY REALIZED OUR FREEDOM FROM FOOD OBSESSION. -- Our Invitation to You (Ovreaters Anonymous, Third Edition, p 3) I don't have to WAIT until I am PERFECT TO DO SERVICE. -- Voices of Recovery (p.252) Expectations a ..

Step Seven Save ... Humility ... For Discussion ... Journaling

In Step Seven Save (below), the Principle of Step Seven, humility, is the antidote for the writer's character defect of pride. But before humility could be properly applied, it had to be understood. The writer came to understand what humility is only by reading the definitions of humility in OA- ..

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 ..