Is it the mess or the message that shines a light on recovery?
This musing is an alternative to reductionist thinking that pervades our recovery community discourse. Who’s heard or said, “Carry the message—not the mess"? There’s some…
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Happy May :-) Sunday May 2, noon on the best-coast, 3 pm Toronto, NY, Miami, and 8 PM in Ireland/UK it's the International secular AA speaker meeting world-tour. It's "London Calling" for May; June will be Cottonwood AZ but now you can hear London Calling and previous ICSAA gatherings: Orlando, Cape Town, Montreal + Oregon & Dublin. CLICK the PIC.
COVID-19 NOTICE: Many peer-to-peer (mutual aid) groups that have been accustomed to meeting in person are now online only. For a list a growing list (being updated daily) of zoom meetings CLICK HERE for a Google Sheets link including hyperlinks to meetings that can be used as they begin.
WHY I NEVER MISS A... HIGHER PALOOZA. Rebellion Dogs Radio brings you behind scenes with the History of Higher P, secular style featuring Annie, Tracy, Bobby, Sally and Terry. CLICK HERE FOR REBELLION DOGS RADIO.
listen to Montreal secular AA speaker meeting and more International Conference of Secular AA recordings HERE
All four world stops to date of the First Sunday of the Month International secular speakers meeting are now available to download or stream including the lost January tapes with Kim from Eugene OR and Declan from Dublin IE. Also, Orlando's OMAGOD group and Secular Serenity from Cape Town South Africa. Coming soon, London May 2 and Cottonwood AZ June 6.
Now remember, "Carry the message, not the MESS!" That's never said with love in their hearts, is it. It's instructive and judgy and claims dominion over what newcomers need/want to hear. Remember the 1988 Clean & Sober? It's a star-studded cast and one of our top-ten addiction and recovery movies of all times. Watch it again (there's a link); it's dated. Smashing payphone receivers on phone booth key pads - I know smash a what? on a what? But it's a story about chaotic addict in denial. Someone gets through to our anti-hero. Is it because he's such a "power of example." Fuck No! It's because he understand the mess. Let's meet people where they are, not regale about where we are. When they want to know about that, they'll ask.
But for now we look at the power of connection in APRIL's Blog. It's a message and a mess. HERE
Episode 56 of Rebellion Dogs Radio joins with AA's General Service Office to ask, "Is AA's literature relatable?"AA's General Service Conference. We announce Living Sober, AA's secular look at recovery is available from aa.org in PDF for free. We look at early AA's growth doubling in size twice (500,000 to 2 million) from the mid 1970s to the early 1990s. CLICK here or click the pic
The recording of our Emotional Sobriety series with Marya Hornbacher, Allen Berger, PhD and John R of Verde Valley Living Sober Freethinkers Group
We kicked off 2021 with... would you call it "a bang"? This was January 1st to kick off the year with an explosive topic on Here's Tom With the Weather click to hear the January 1 show
Read (and hear) all about it: Click the pic for audio and commentary from the International Conference of Secular AA December 5, 2020
December 20th, 11 AM PST, 2 PM EST and 7 PM GMT, Higher Palooza from our friends, Freethinkers of Cleveland; has many speakers - always International, always diverse, different cultures, different approaches to navigating 12-step life, without supernatural beliefs.
From Verde Valley AZ, January 31 it was Emotional Sobriety III on Zoom: Joe C speaks on "The new years goal: Can I be happy with Sober Enough? Panel talk with Mary Hornbacher, Allen Berger, PdD and John R of Cottonwood Freethinkers.For the one-on-one interview CLICK HERE for Rebellion Dogs Radio
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Joe C as a guest on other podcasts:
CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK to STREAM or DOWNLOAD episode 325 of Humanize Me - Bart Campolo of Humanize Me Podcast and Joe yackin' it up.
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EMOTIONAL RANGE: Skillfully navigating highs, lows and in-betweens... While recovery frees us from the emotional, physical, and mental hell that is active addiction, it doesn't grant us a pass on the emotional ups and downs of regular life. As addicts, we often lived in a state of nonstop emotional emergency, where every feeling, good or bad, led us back to our substance or behavior of choice. In recovery, learning to live "life on life's terms" means becoming aware of our whole emotional range and developing the skills to navigate the ever-shifting terrain of our own inner world. This talk will focus on how we can become more adept at handling both the internal experience and the external impact of our own highs, lows, and everything in between.
Zoom ID for Friday: 882 1549 8348 passcode TOM
Panels, speakers, entertainment and a town hall meeting hosted by the Washington DC ICSAA 2021 host-committee
Emotional Sobriety and our Center of Gravity... Presentation by Dr. Allen Berger, followed by panel discussion and Zoom participant sharing