- Last Updated: Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:49
- Published: Sunday, 25 August 2013 19:39
- Written by Wilma Zalabak
Welcome to this listening support group.
If you are working a program, or if you are looking for a program that works, welcome. Whether your problem is addiction, anger, compulsion, depression, outbursts, stress, or other problematic relationships, we invite you to give our program a few weeks' trial. If any of these common troubles hinders your honesty, your intimacy, or your spirituality, here you are among those who understand.
We truly hope you find here the refreshment we have come to love from the Scriptures, the Twelve Steps, and the fellowship built around them. Many of us have been to the bottom. Many of us have brushed even death with our compulsive behaviors. We had tried many ways to fix our lives, and came to realize that we had gained only more compulsive behaviors. We know that, right now, only the grace of God stands between us and the bottom. We understand.
There is hope. Serenity will grow for you, too, as we experience together the power of admitted human powerlessness when placed in the hand of God.
Anonymity and confidentiality rule here, else the safety that we cherish in which to be truly honest will be spoiled. We help each other, and gain our own help, most by listening without criticism or gossip.
Basis Group Principles
We Listen -- to hear in another person's sharing that which will bring us hope.
We take Turns -- to avoid monopoly, interruption, and crosstalk.
We Say I -- to tell our own story and to stay on our own side of the street.
We Express Appreciation -- for other's sharings because no one's experience is of less value than another's.
Choose a Prayer to Say Together
1. Let the Words Prayer: Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer.
2. Serenity Prayer: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.