THE HAVING HAD GROUP
AA 12 Step Meditation Meetings
Cultivating Mindfulness in Recovery
Mindfulness Talk on Step for the Week from 9 Essays, Buddhism and the 12 Step Method of Recovery
Mindfulness Practice on Insight Meditation
Breathe, You Are Alive!, Thich Nhat Hanh
Mindfulness and the 12 Steps, Therese Jacobs-Stewart
Insight Meditation, The Practice of Freedom, Joseph Goldstein
Silent Meditation 15 min.
Sharing: Experience, Strength and Hope
THE HAVING HAD GROUP, AA 12 Step Meditation Meetings
Cultivating Mindfulness In Recovery
This is the _______ night meeting of the Having Had Group, a 12 Step Meditation Meeting, Cultivating Mindfulness in Recovery. After a moment of silence please join me in reciting the Serenity Prayer. GOD here stands for the acronym Good Orderly Direction.
GOD, grant me 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 practice of 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.
Below is a paragraph from Bill W.’s opening remarks to the A.A. General Conference in 1965, the 30th Anniversary of Alcoholics Anonymous:
“Newcomers are approaching A.A. at the rate of tens of thousands yearly. They represent almost every belief and attitude imaginable. We have atheists and agnostics. We have people of nearly every race, culture and religion. In A.A. we are supposed to be bound together in the kinship of a common suffering. Consequently, the full individual liberty to practice any creed or principle or therapy whatever should be a first consideration for us all. Let us not, therefore, pressure anyone with our individual or even our collective views. Let us instead accord each other the respect and love that is due to every human being as they try to make their way toward the light. Let us always try to be inclusive rather than exclusive; let us remember that each alcoholic among us is a member of A.A., so long as they so declare.”
— Bill W. (A.A. Grapevine, July 1965), From the Pamphlet Many Paths to Spirituality
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. Following the reading of the Mindfulness Talk the Meeting Facilitator asks:
Does anyone have a question about the reading, or a comment they would like to make? This part of the meeting is to make sure everyone is clear about the concepts presented in the Mindfulness Talk and Practice. The part of the meeting for sharing our experience, strength and hope comes after the Silent Meditation.
Meeting facilitator reads the first paragraph of the Mindfulness Practice. Following the reading of the Mindfulness Practice the Meeting Facilitator asks:
Does anyone have a question about the reading, or a comment they would like to make?
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?
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 in the usual manner by joining hands and reciting _________ .
The Serenity Prayer:
GOD, grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change.
Courage to change the things I can.
And the wisdom to know the difference.
AA 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.