A Skeptic's Guide to the 12 Steps - download pdf or read online

By Phillip Z.

ISBN-10: 0585154414

ISBN-13: 9780585154411

ISBN-10: 0894867229

ISBN-13: 9780894867224

What percentage folks have felt like Phillip Z? He has a staunch trust within the Twelve Steps, but struggles with the idea that of a better strength. In A Skeptic's advisor to the 12 Steps, the writer investigates all of the Twelve Steps to achieve a deeper figuring out of a better energy. He examines what could appear like "unsettling" ideas to us together with surrendering one's will and lifestyles to God, and he encourages us to appreciate the religious trip of restoration regardless of our skepticism.

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I lost weight quickly and easily. But I had forgotten the significant self-admission I had made that night sitting in my car after the first meeting. In the flush of my successful weight loss, I had forgotten that the essential characteristic that defined me as a compulsive overeater was the loss of the capacity to control my eating behavior and weight through conscious effort and willpower. One day my pink cloud began turning gray. I began cheating on my food plan. Nothing horrendous. An extra helping of cooked vegetables at dinner.

Looking around I saw about forty people, most of them women. I was relieved to see five or six men present, as most of the diet and weight programs I had tried were almost exclusively attended by women. I felt pleased, realizing that I would not be the only man attending OA meetings, were I to continue. Some of the men and women Page 18 were very obese; some were, like myself, moderately overweight. Many were quite slim. Why, I wondered, did they come to this meeting? If I had been slim, this was the last place I would have wanted to bein some dingy church basement on a winter night, saying prayers and talking about bingeing, feelings, and God.

I would tell them how I got a food sponsor and a food plan that worked. I told them how grateful I was to OA for the solution it had given me to a lifelong problem. In my joy and excitement, I wanted everyone to know how grateful I was for this simple, effective, and free program of weight loss. Much later, I discovered that this euphoric state is well known to those who have been around the programs for a while. It is called pink cloud abstinence. Sooner or later, with rare exceptions, it dissolves.

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