When a vessel is in distress, they send out an SOS, the universal cry for help. Every mariner, pilot, and rescue team knows this signal, no matter their language or if the signal is sent via morse code, radio, or even written down! A ship’s captain knows that if they need help, they can call out an SOS, and receive assistance.
As an OA member, we have our own distress call. When life becomes overwhelming, and I feel like I am in a crisis, the program tells me that this is an S.O.S:
In times of anxiety and crisis, I am almost always completely powerless over the situation. These powerful words allow us to stop, breathe, and acknowledge that we cannot control this situation, and we are able to move forward with Steps Two and Three, acknowledging that our HP can restore us to sanity over this situation. Only then can we surrender the crisis to our HP and let her will guide us through the crisis and beyond.
The next time you feel overwhelmed, afraid, or just stressed out, remember that you need to issue your S.O.S to your Higher Power and work the steps on that situation.
The Big Book: A Bridge to OA
4pm Friday April 21 – 11am Sunday April 23
Heifer Ranch www.heifer.org
55 Heifer Road
Perryville, AR 72126
Registration deadline March 31
See flier for more details and to register! Click here: OA Spring Retreat 2017
Join Central Arkansas Intergroup for a day of recovery workshops! Come for the whole day or part. Free and all are welcome.
Saturday February 11, 2017
Butler Center For Arkansas Studies
401 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201
Come join us as we take a look at recovery from relapse and how to share the message of Overeaters Anonymous. We welcome anyone who wants to stop eating compulsively to join us for a great day!
Click here for a flier: Super Saturday
“Let go and let God.”
As I contemplate all that is taking place in our world today the slogan “Let go and Let God” is more help than ever. In finding A God of my understanding and by working the steps I can now with faith and hope live the principles I have learned and allow God to continue to help me as the future unfolds.
“Attending meetings is not sufficient to get me recovered from compulsive eating any more than sitting in a garage gets me closer to being a Chevrolet.”
The good news, however, is that I CAN recover from compulsive eating even if I can never become a car! This is the hope that attending meetings provides to me. I see others with my same disease who are living happy, joyous, and free. It is in meetings that I hear their struggles and how they deal with them to stay abstinent. It is in meetings that I learn how to WORK a program. It is my responsibility to take what I hear in meetings and put it into action on my part. This is how to LIVE program and get me recovered from compulsive eating. I make no progress just simply going to meetings…I must take action! Stop sitting in the garage and get to work!
“The Importance of Working the Steps”
When: August 13, 2016 9:30*am-3:00pm
401 President Clinton Avenue (Downtown LR by the Main Library)
Literature to Bring: Voices of Recovery, OA 12&12, AA Big Book, Plan of Eating pamphlet, Dignity of Choice pamphlet
*Come at 9am to help set-up the venue if you’d like to do service
** The Butler Center has a mini-kitchen with a refrigerator if you’d like to bring your own lunch.
Looking forward to sharing a day of recovery with everyone!! See you there.
“HP please come between me and this food before it comes between you and me.”
I have been finding myself sharing frequently the under appreciated use of the pause. We live in a society that seems to push the people in our culture to go faster, be more efficient, multitask, and so forth.
But for me as a compulsive overeater, rushing into eating is an unhealthy action.
I find that intentionally building in a pause before I eat my abstinent meal allows for my sanity to manifest itself and allow me to relish the food I do eat. To enjoy my food is a new and wonderful experience for me that I need to value. The pause gives me time to allow my higher power to wiggle into that space and give me that perspective.
I find too that when the compulsive food thoughts hit and I begin to obsess over a food item, I’ve GOT to pause long enough to surrender! Not try harder…really truly surrender that food item…that food thought…to my higher power. That pause allows for this to occur. I must. I must. I must. I choose Step 3.
The pause gives me a break from the compulsion and allows space for my higher power and sanity to put up the barriers between me and foods I shouldn’t eat and doorways between me and foods I should eat. It is my mini meditation.
Join us on April 22-24 for Spring Cleaning, CAIOA’s Spring Retreat at the amazing Heifer Ranch. The event starts at 4 pm on Friday. Just coming for Saturday? We kick off at 9am.
Registration Form for Spring Retreat 2016
Registration closes on March 25, 2016!
More than a thousand OA members from all over the world are getting ready for the Fellowship’s greatest celebration of recovery and abstinence. Will you be there? Join us September 1–4 at the 2016 World Service Convention in Boston, Massachusetts USA.
Convention registration is now open, and OA members who register by July 1 get the best ratefor the full Convention. A special Saturday night banquet with a plated dinner, entertainment, program speaker, and dance is also available for an additional fee.
OA members enjoy a special hotel rate at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, where the Convention will be hosted. Members who reserve their room early can apply this special rate anytime from August 23 to September 8 (based on room availability), which means plenty of time to tour before and after Convention.
There’s a new podcast series for 2016 centered on “Service and My Recovery.” In addition to the Steps and Traditions, each podcast explores one of the Twelve Concepts of OA Service. Podcasts are available at any time and at no charge, so follow this series to become more familiar with the Concepts and to learn the many ways service can boost your program and strengthen your recovery.
The 2016 podcasts are produced from recordings of monthly virtual workshops held on the second Sunday of every month, and OA members can also participate in the virtual workshops before new podcasts are released. See the Datebook Calendar on oa.org for the complete schedule of telephone workshops and dial-in instructions.
There’s no waiting for last year’s “Working All Twelve Steps” podcast series. Each podcast focuses on one of the Twelve Steps. If you need help working a Step, there’s a podcast for you.