WHAT: OA 10:30 a m Sat. Group Conscience Meeting
WHERE: Jefferson United Methodist Church
WHEN: Sat. Aug. 18, After the 10:30 meeting
TOPICS: to discuss & discern
- Improvement needed in responsibilities
- e.g. the keeper of the meeting room key has not shown up to open the door (At this time we don’t know who has the key.) Should we rotate holding the key?
- How do we encourage whoever commits to leading the meeting to get to the room 10 -15 minutes early to prepare, e.g. hand out readings & signs, get a timer volunteer, etc.
- Members need to be encouraged to try harder to be on time for the beginning of the meeting.
- Should we consider asking everyone to turn off their cell phones as part of our opening protocol?.
- Consideration of devoting one meeting a month to one of the 12 Steps as designated topic
–submitted by the 10:30 AM Saturday meeting
- Clarify whether it is the 4th Saturday or the last (4th Saturday)
- Check literature policy, bring revised 12 and 12 and workbook for workshop.
- Checking on who sent specific money.
- Committee report -website, blog, phone list?, PIP on hold, event calendar workshops, events, brig meeting, fun Friday, Men’s Wellness in August, planning September, November gratitude lunch and workshop, OA athon for Christmas.
- July 14 workshop lunch meeting
The noon and 7pm meetings will be held today!
May 5, 2019
Oh Yeah! The blog is back! I had a great retreat and listened to an awesome speaker who had a unique approach to her program and enlisted in lots of ladies to help bring back the blog.I want to make sure that something is always on here but I need lots of help. I gave out my email address out at the retreat and I should also say put OA BLOG in the subject. I got several emails and cards in my lovely basket.
If you’ve never been to the OA retreat it is a a wonderful location at the Jesuit Spirituality Center in Grand Coteau, Louisiana which is near Lafayette. The location is peaceful and surrounded by greenery. One nice lady sent me a picture and I know my twin takes pics every time we go so perhaps I can persuade her to post some pics on the blog.
Some comments I got:
“This is my second time at our OA retreat and I’m glad I came. I encourage everyone to make one OA retreat. It will really enhance your recovery!”
“Important take aways from the retreat 1) Abstinence is when I’m surrendered my food. Recovery is when I work the steps. 2) Pause and be mindful! 3) Practice stillness. 4) There is always enough time to do God’s will. 5) I cannot recover in isolation. 6) If I don’t know what to do, I can work on my relationship with my Higher Power. 7) Am I kind and loving toward all including myself? 8) Unconscious eating is an expression of my lack of conscious contact with God.
Why do we play with our food?
Is it Rude or Real?
Just a game or is
OA really beside our names?
Are we awake?
Don’t take that first
No I don’t mean the obvious innuendo. We had some very cold weather this winter. It kept a lot of us in with canceled work and meetings, etc. One of the first days for it to pass, I had a dentist appointment. My dentist’s office is downtown, one of the few things I enjoy about going to the dentist besides his wry sense of humor. While I was down there I decided to park the car and go exploring. I don’t spend a lot of time downtown despite the fact it’s about a mile and half from my house. I saw the construction of the new library and that made me think of its temporary location. I had a former colleague who worked there and hadn’t seen her in a while. The day was warm enough to take the chill off but I still needed a sweater. I enjoyed being outside and enjoyed the sun on my face. I spent a little time in the temporary building of the library then decided to find the grocery story that was also downtown. I remember being downtown in the 80s and it being very quiet. That day there was much traffic and construction with there being a resurgence in businesses in the area; at least during the day. I found the store and walked in to a store that catered to a sophisticated clientele. There was everything to common items to find in a grocery store to a wide variety of wine. I say all this to say, I may have bought a 10 cent book and had my teeth cleaned, but I enjoyed the peace of spending time alone, and exploring downtown. I didn’t eat anything and didn’t think about food except a little in the grocery store. It was peaceful. And I walked about 2 miles that day.
My question to you, dear readers, is how is this related to program?
From Terri B
The question asked at the end of “Spend Time With Yourself” was how is finding peaceful time for oneself related to program. As I have spent the last three years of my life in a loud, chaotic environment, I appreciate peace more than ever. Peace to me is a vital component of self-care and the Big Book demonstrates through stories that self-care is vital for refreshing our vigilance over and over.against this pernicious, unrelenting disease. The Big Book let me know that willpower is useless but being ever on guard against trigger situations is paramount.
For me, quiet to think is important to my program as it keeps my stress and anger levels down. Don’t get too hungry, angry, lonely or tired is a list of conditions that distract from vigilance against this monster disease that seems determined to control my life. I get angry when I am overwhelmed. I get overwhelmed when life is loud and chaotic. Doing what refreshes me is a way to do self-care. The need to refresh myself to stay vigilant is demonstrated by stories in the Big Book.
At the moment, some of my ways to refresh are not available and my need to spend time with myself is hard to get; but awareness of the nature of my disease helps me focus and the rarity of alone time is precious to me. Anne’s shared story shows me that you can spend time with yourself even when surrounded by others. I believe the Big Book could do with an addendum that includes Anne’s tale of her day. Thank you for sharing Anne.