This Way of Living

Working Steps 10, 11, and 12.
Building a personal practice.
Creating a small group practice.

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Doing Steps 10, 11, and 12
What our experience has taught us about working these Steps.

First of all, we remember that we consider ourselves to be beyond human aid - that our lives are completely unmanageable by us or by anyone else. That belief is one of the foundations of our entire practice.

How we do Step 10
We have found nothing to be more effective than working Step 10 exactly as the AA Big Book suggests. Those suggestions can be found about halfway down page 84, from Continue to watch to the end of the paragraph. We've found them suitable for practicing this Step on our own and within small private groups.

Here is a version of it from one 12-Step fellowship. We call this the "long version" and it includes the practice of Step 11. And here is a short version that takes only a couple of minutes. Some of us do the long version in the morning and/or at night, and the short version throughout the day.

How we do Step 11
We meditate as a matter of course. Some of us spend 40 minutes or more in morning or evening meditation. Some of us take four minutes or less. "Little and often" seems to work just as well as "sometimes and at length."

Each of us meditates differently but we all have to start somewhere. Our experience suggests that - initially - the simpler the better. Here is a basic meditation which anyone can do. Some of us have used it for many years.

Step 11 is about receiving from some Higher Power the knowledge of what we should do right here and right now, and the strength to do it. It is in fact about developing a relationship with that Power - not about determining what that Power is. Again, we describe here how we do that.

How we do Step 12
Step 12 is about two things: doing what our Higher Power suggests in our practice of Step 11, and practicing Steps 10 and 11 in everything we do.

It's the natural result of working Steps 10 and 11. As we have continued to practice them, we've found that Step 12 happens all by itself.

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