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The Kinship of a
Common Suffering
An Unsuspected
Inner Resource
A.A. Preamble

5 Mndfls Trngs
Mndfls Talks 1-12
Mndfls Prcts 1-12
Breathe,
you are alive!
Opening to
Silent Meditation

Meeting Format

"Perhaps rather than speak of a 'higher' power, we might do better to think in terms of a deeper or broader power in that we are not giving ourselves over to some deity or something somehow more real, or of greater intrinsic value than ourselves."

 

9 essays, Buddhism and the 12 Step Method of Recovery, Step 2,

Meditation In Recovery Group, SFZC

A HAVING HAD GROUP*

An AA 12 Step Mindfulness Meditation Meeting

Meeting Facilitator:

 

This is the _______ night meeting of the Having Had Group, Cultivating Mindfulness Meditation in AA 12 Step Recovery. After a moment of silence please join me in reciting a Buddhist version of the Serenity Prayer.   

 

Buddha within me, may I, together with all beings,

Have the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

Courage to change the things I can

And the wisdom to know the difference

 

Would someone please read The AA Preamble?

Would someone please read An Unsuspected Inner Resource?

 

We go around the circle and introduce ourselves. My name is ____________.

 

Is there anyone here for whom this is their first A.A. meeting ever?  It is our tradition if that is the case to read “How It Works” and focus on Step One.

Is there anyone visiting from out of town? 

 

This meeting is open to alcoholics, addicts and members of any 12 Step Fellowship. The format was developed from the belief that just as A.A. allows you the freedom to acknowledge the God of your understanding, A.A also allows you the freedom to express the spirituality of your understanding.

 

The Big Book tells us: “We are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition.”  In order to maintain our spiritual condition, in this meeting we focus on the spiritual practices of mindfulness and meditation and the 12 Steps from a perspective of mindfulness. We do this to grow our understanding of the 12 Steps and our effectiveness in carrying the A.A. message to other alcoholics.

 

This week we are considering Step ______.   Together we’ll read a Mindfulness Talk and a Mindfulness Practice for this step.

 

Meeting facilitator begins by reading the first paragraph of the Mindfulness Talk.

Does anyone have a question about the reading, or a comment they would like to make? 

Meeting facilitator reads the first paragraph of the Mindfulness Practice.

Does anyone have a question about the reading, or a comment they would like to make?

(7th Tradition)

 

In keeping with the 7th Tradition, we will now pass the basket. Meeting Facilitator calls for announcements.

 

(15 Min. Silent Meditation.)

 

Would someone please read the introduction to the Silent Meditation?

 

(Individual Sharing)

 

This is our time to share. You may share on whatever you like – the step we are on, the readings, your meditation or your experience, strength and hope - anything related to recovery. The meeting is now open. Who would like to share first? As is our tradition, everyone will have an opportunity to share. You don’t have to share, but you will have the opportunity.

 

(Closing the Meeting)

 

Meeting Leader chooses a closing prayer from the ones below, or some other prayer they deem appropriate.

 

We will close the meeting by joining hands and reciting _________ .

A Buddhist version of the Serenity Prayer:

Buddha within me, may I, together with all beings,

Have the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

Courage to change the things I can

And the wisdom to know the difference

 

Alcoholics Anonymous Responsibility Statement:

I am responsible . . .

When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help,

I want the hand of A.A. always to be there.

And for that I am responsible.

*Having had a spiritual experience as the result of working the 12 steps.

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