Prayer & Meditation

“Prayer is talking to our Higher Power and meditation is listening to Him/Her.”

I’ve heard it said that prayer is talking to our Higher Power and meditation is listening to Him/Her.  I learned to practice prayer my first time through OA back in the early 80’s.  I wasn’t very good at meditation then.

The first time I remember meditating was at a retreat at Ferncliff my second time back in OA.  I was walking the labyrinth near the little forest chapel.  When you walk a labyrinth you are supposed to meditate on a question.  I don’t remember what the question was, but all of a sudden I, clearly in my mind I heard the words “God is in control.”  At the time it was the answer I needed to whatever my problem was.

Since that time there have been other occurrences of words coming through that served me in a time of need. “If our God is for us, then who could ever stop us… If our God is with us, then what could stand against?” are words that have come to mind when I have felt that I am facing difficult circumstances.

The message I keep hearing now is “The more I trust You, the more I grow”.    These words reassure me that as I keep working the program, my recovery and my serenity will grow ever stronger.

Right Action

“I can’t think my way into right action, I must act my way into right thinking.”

One of my favorite things I heard many years ago in OA goes something like this:  ‘I can’t think my way into right action, I must act my way into right thinking’.  This simple statement of action changed my whole world in OA.  Somehow I missed the point that unless I took action in the program nothing would change.  You see, my thinking sounds so good when I’m thinking it and it could be thinking that is way off base.

Speaking of thinking.  If my best thinking got me to OA, what makes me think that my thinking can solve the food problem?  When I finally surrendered my thinking and took the suggestions of my sponsor and this program, the whole world of OA opened up to me.  I took the actions prescribed in the AA Big Book and the OA Literature.  I took the actions suggested from my sponsor even when I didn’t believe her suggestions would work.  Note: by the way her suggestions always worked.  So again, I don’t even have to believe I just have to act and then I am shown the miracles of this program and Then I believe.  This always sounded like a backward process to me.  Once again my good thinking did not work.  Only with action do I get to experience this wonderful new life and the freedom from the bondage of food.  Gives me chills to just recount what the OA program has given me.

May you all stay around long enough to experience this wonderful life that OA can give you!  You simply can’t imagine what it will be like until you experience it yourself.

Save the Dates! Super Saturday and Fall Retreat!!

Super Saturday:                                                                                                             August 5th at the Butler Center 9am-2:30pm  “Abstinence vs. a Plan-of-Eating”

Fall Retreat:                                                                                                            October 20-22 at Heifer Ranch  “Learn to Love”

Come enjoy recovery together!

Relax…

“We relax and take it easy. We do not struggle”
These are powerful words from the Big Book. They tie into the reading I did this morning from the “Just for Today” trifold: “Just for Today I will adjust myself to what is, and not try to adjust everything to my own desires. I will take my ‘luck’ as it comes, and fit myself to it.”  It is when I am struggling that I have lost my connection or trust in a power greater than myself. It is easy to fall back on relying on my own unsteady willpower…after all, it was my standard for so long!  When I find myself becoming anxious or afraid I now see these as warning signs that I am off track in program.  Pausing and taking a deep cleansing breath is an immediate way of centering myself with HP. Then my soul is open and ready to probe for the next right thing my Higher Power seeks for me to discover. It works if I work it. Relax…

Recovery

“There is no magic in these rooms – but there are miracles.”

When I came into OA ten years ago, I weighed 350 pounds.
I loved food, and I ate and ate all the time.

However, I was very miserable and I looked awful. I needed to change.

A wonderful Sponsor guided me through this program of Recovery.
I used the Tools and practiced the Steps, and read many OA books.
My Higher Power removed the obsession of my trigger foods, and I lost 135 pounds.

My life had been changing and the promises became true!

Service had always been a part of my Recovery in OA.
— I attend 3-4 meetings a week and often lead the meetings.
— I was a trusted servant as treasurer for my home group.
— I am a Sponsor and work with my sponsees in studying the Steps.

— I attend two weekend Retreats and two Super Saturdays each year that Intergroup provides.

OA saved my life from the disease of compulsive overeating.
The Recovery program has been a miracle in my life!

S.O.S.

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:

Step
One
Situation

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.

Super Saturday!

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

9am-3pm

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

“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.