Put Things Down On Paper Instead Of Letting Them Roll Around In Your Head

There are certain basics that almost all of us in the program practice. Whether you’re in AA, NA or OA you regularly go to meetings, speak with your sponsor and work the steps. Beyond that there are numerous other practices that we have found contribute to sobriety. One which many of us have opted for is to keep a journal. There is something powerful about committing to paper some of our deepest thoughts. When we began this practice we were often surprised how the words just spilled out of us. We didn’t realize that we had so much to say. We also were a bit startled that we were able to tap into thoughts and ideas which had lain dormant for many years. Quite often we found that our writings often presented us with answers to questions we had been grappling with. As this began to occur on a regular basis, many of us felt that our Higher Power was talking to us through our writing. Some of us would even write down questions of import and then engage in prayer and meditation. Upon writing afterwards we often felt that G-d was answering us through our writing.

Personal Reflection: How can I incorporate (or incorporate more) writing into my program?

I Hate To Write But Love To Have Written

Writing can be an integral part of the program. Writing can also be a daily struggle for us. When we got to the 4th step, our sponsor told us to put pen to paper and make a fearless and searching moral inventory. This often turned out to be quite a struggle. Even people who wrote for a living wrestled with this particular homework assignment. When we finally were able to begin the process, we found that it was both revealing and cathartic. It allowed us to often speak about things that we had carried around for years and often decades.

Once we had gotten into the rhythm of writing, it was suggested that we also take on a daily journaling practice. There was often resistance to this as well. As we pushed through personal inertia we discovered that our writing began to reveal to us solutions to problems which had eluded us for a long time. It was almost as if our Higher Power began to speak to us thru our daily journal entries. The more often we wrote, the more often we received what we needed to hear.

Personal Reflection: Is writing an integral part of my recovery program?