12 Step Recovery Slogans – One Day At A Time

One Day At A Time may be the first 12 Step Recovery slogan. When you read the stories of AA’s pioneers in the Big Book, it becomes pretty obvious that, just as today, many stayed sober one day or even one hour or one minute at a time. The idea behind the slogan is, of course, that anyone […]

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Alcoholics Anonymous – One Day at a Time: The Story of AA On You Tube

I was looking for some history about the 12 Step Recovery Slogans when I found this video, which is a 9+ minute story of alcoholism and Alcoholics Anonymous. It covers a whole bunch of history and is worth a look I think. It might also be good to show those folks around us who don’t […]

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12 Steppers Benefit From Slowing Down, Even Stopping For The Present Moment

I don’t know about you, but if I’m not careful, my mind will spin out in a million different directions. I often find myself  trying to solve problems I can’t like the state of the environment, worry about my old car, looking forward to an hour from now or tomorrow or next week and feeling guilty about […]

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12 Step Recovery Slogans – Keep It Simple

It’s said that Dr. Bob strongly suggested to  co-founder Bill W. to keep it simple back when Alcoholics Anonymous  was getting organized. (Yes, I know. AA doesn’t wish to be organized, but…) It’s one of those pieces of AA lore hope is true. I imagine the dignified Dr. Bob admonishing Bill when Bill was having any number […]

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12 Step Chuckling Even In Trader Joe’s Markets

I went to Trader Joe’s this morning to do my weekly grocery shopping. Among the items I bought were two bags of their wonderful organic popcorn. As so often happens in that store I’d been laughing with the cashier and the guy bagging and when he picked up the two popcorn bags he said, “ah, […]

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Letting Go Of (Self) Contempt Prior To Investigation

I’ve always loved the quote from Herbert Spencer that’s at the end of  Appendix II,  Sp ritual Experience. It says: There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a person in everlasting ignorance-that principle is contempt prior to investigation. (p. 568 Big Book 4th […]

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When A 12 Stepper Gets Stuck In Her Story…

For years I’ve had a story about me and money. It was a grand tale and explained a great deal about my life. The story was all about what my mom and dad taught me about money. Knowing that story and telling it has been interesting and a wonderful way to gain some sympathy from […]

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Recovery, Goals And Expectations

 We get the name of the first month of the year from the old Roman god, Janus, who looked both back and forward. The end of the year and the beginning of the next is a time when many of us look both back and forward. We review what the year has been like, maybe […]

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Angry enough to murder…

It’s almost impossible to be articulate about the most recent school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. It truly is incomprehensible. Yesterday, instead of a dharma talk at Sweetwater Zen Center where I practice, our Abbot and head teacher Anne Seisen Saunders, Roshi let us in an opportunity to share how the school shooting had impacted us individually.  I talked […]

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Aren’t The Holidays Great For 12 Steppers? Or Not!

I got lucky with my first sober Christmas. I discovered what had hung me up on so many Christmases before. It’s a simple story. When I was 10 or so my folks got me a saddle. Yes, we had horses and I was taking riding lessons, usually with my mom. On Christmas morning there was […]

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