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The Spiritual Path - Clarity without Certainty

The Spiritual Path “Our path in OA transcends weight loss and a return to emotional healthy.” – Seeking the Spiritual Path I have been in program for thirty-five years and I’m blessed with long-term recovery. I feel moved to write about my journey toward developing a relationship with  ..

The Sunlight of the Spirit

When I began to explore ideas of a Power greater than myself, I readily conceded that nature is majestic – I often found peace among the redwood trees or in the Pacific surf – but praying to nature didn’t work for me. Then, in the quiet of meditation, I recalled a childhood memory: calling ‘God ..

Wholeness and Holiness

I have been a member of OA for twenty-six months and abstinent one day at a time since I walked into the rooms. Under the wings of my HP and OA, I have let go of 70 pounds (32 kg) so far. In my meditation recently, I remembered a woman who told me that Fridays were special days when she wou ..

Take Pleasure

I’m learning to live as if everything is a pleasure. It sounds preposterous, and I don’t intend to laugh at tragedy or others’ pain. Living as if everything is a pleasure helps me stop, refocus, and notice my negative reactions to others’ behaviors or beliefs so I can learn that it’s my inner en ..

Grateful for Dignity

I first entered OA in 1990 after failing at various diets over the years. At that time, I'd gained back 60 pounds after a diet plus an additional 8 pounds. I got the phone number for OA in New York City and was told where to find a meeting. When I walked into that meeting, I was in a fog, barely ..

Looking Forward

On January 8, 2007, I pulled into my driveway, planning my binge. For the first time, a voice said to me, “Why do you continue to punish yourself?” This was a spiritual awakening, and the first time I realized I was punishing myself with food. At the time, I had little understanding of food ..