Passport to Unity

PassportUnity

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

 

Podcast – Tradition One and Unity

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.

Principle of Tradition One and Concept One – Unity “Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon OA unity.”

Listen to the podcast here.

Tradition One – “The ultimate responsibility and authority of OA world services reside in the collective conscience of our whole Fellowship.”

Concept One – The principle of Tradition One and Concept One is Unity.

The workshop speakers share their individual stories of recovery and how unity is important in both their service work and in their working with others. For additional study, review  The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous and The Twelve Concepts of OA Service.

2015 Workshop Series

If you need help working the Twelve Steps, check out last year’s “Working All Twelve Steps” podcast series. Each podcast focuses on one of the Twelve Steps.