As heard at the Passport to Unity Workshop, hosted by the NorthShore OA group on June 24, 2018 –
The most useful “take-away” I learned today is:
Abstinence opens the door to dealing with one’s mental and spiritual problems. – Anonymous All of it. It was a wonderful day. Thank you so much. – Patti H.
Be open to new possibilities. – Sue A.
Continued reminders of how similar the experiences of people in OA are. It’s useful to hear other people’s stories and identify with them as it helps dispel the disease’s assertion that we are alone. – Anonymous.
Cravings aren’t commands. – Kathleen A.
Cravings are an early warning signal that I need to reconnect with my HP. – Anonymous
Food is an issue for a lot of reasons. Program works for us all. HP uses whatever you have. – Anonymous.
Forgiveness is not permission. – Anonymous.
How important service is! – Kia E.
I am not in charge! – Anonymous.
I am powerless over everything, food included. – Kelsey F.
I am powerless over reading glasses, just like food addiction. “I’ve got this” is a danger thought. – Kathleen A.
“I realized I am not triggered by specific foods, but by specific states of mind. When I binge, I just don’t want to feel anything. I have to allow myself to feel to heal.” – Anonymous
It is important men in OA work with men so they learn to support each other and not rely only on women for the emotional support / intelligence – they need that for their recovery. – Anonymous
It’s going to be waste material whether I eat it or not. – Wendy A.
Key: be GENTLE with myself. – Kathleen A.
“Lower your expectations, raise your performance.” – Anonymous
No matter how different our struggles are, we can learn from each other. It’s the same disease, but there’s many paths to recovery. – Victor M.
Service is playing nicely with others. – Kathleen A.
So much… Important to use the tools like this workshop. “Blessed beyond measure”. – Susanne H.
That I am powerless – I’m a food addict. – Mellissa R.
The idea that bingeing starts with pleasure but ends with me as my own jailor, throwing scraps to my skeletal starving soul. – Anonymous.
“There is no reason to keep eating, you just had a big meal!” – Ashley M.
There is room for differences in OA. Not all recover exactly the same way. And a stronger commitment to my recovery. – Pat C.
“When I lost the weight but didn’t lose the hate (of myself), I relapsed. The first time I was so angry, then I finally got Step 1 – without shame, without guilt.” – Anonymous.
Women struggle in program with isolation with other women. Some women in program feel more comfortable with men. – Tim C.
Work the Steps. – Anonymous