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This Way of Living
Working Steps 10, 11, and 12.
Building a personal practice.
Creating a small group practice.

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... Practicing Step 10 in small private groups ...

... Some of us get together at least once a week, either face-to-face or online, to practice Step 10. But we don't do this in large groups, and generally speaking we don't do it in a 12-Step meeting. We talk here about why this is the case, and about how we do Step 10 in our small private groups ...

... Meditating in small private groups ...

... So we learn to be rigorously honest about all our fears when we do Step 10 by ourselves. And when it comes to doing Step 10 in a group, we prefer small private groups or a very small 12-Step meeting, because of the trust and intimacy we find there ...

... In our experience, doing Step 10 exactly as the AA Big Book suggests works best. You'll find its suggestions about halfway down page 84, from Continue to watch to the end of the paragraph. We've found these suggestions suitable for practicing this Step on our own and within small private groups ...

... The main purpose of Step 10 is to rid ourselves of fear - not for ever, but right here and right now. Instead of trying to manipulate the world and everyone in it, we simply give in - we surrender completely. We ask for the fear (and the resentment and the selfishness and the dishonesty) to be removed, and we discuss these things with someone. We describe elsewhere how we do Step 10, alone or in small private groups ...

... This is a spiritual practice - a "way of living," as the AA Big Book puts it. This site describes how we do this practice, both when we are alone and when we meet in small private groups. Whether it is something that will work for you, only you can determine ...

... This can only be done wholeheartedly in a situation of trust. That is why our attempts to do Step 10 in large 12-Step meetings can be unsatisfactory. We may be sitting next to a complete stranger, and we may quite understandably be reluctant to talk about our mistakes and our fears with someone we don't know. In small private groups, trust comes more easily ...

... Why do we suggest small private groups ...

... Here you'll find an example of Guidelines for small private groups. This was used to create, guide, and maintain one such small private group ...

... In small private groups, it's possible to find the trust and intimacy that must accompany the working of Step 10 ...

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