Definition of Being:
The nature or essence of a person.

Synonyms of Being:

Living, aliveness, reality, actuality, essential nature, lifeblood, vital force, entity, etc.

These notes are from recovery in AA and/or related 12 step programs.
Readers are encouraged to click the external link for more detail.
We hope you find them helpful.

Love in fellowship.


The most important thing that determines who we are is on our insides, not our outsides.
Being yourself means to think right, to be spiritual, and to pray. Being human means to have a good heart and a good mind. –Elders Meditations | More… 

In Micronesian, there’s a word, kukaro, which has no corresponding word in English.
When people say they are going to kukaro, they mean they are going to relax, sit around, and hang out. They are being, not doing. –Today’s Gift | More…

We have slogans: Keep It Simple, Let Go and Let God, First Things First, and Easy Does It.
These slogans remind us that it’s okay to live with as little trouble as possible. –Keep It Simple | More…

Just because you’re having a bad day doesn’t mean you’re having a bad life. –Wisdom From The Rooms | More…

Above everything, we alcoholics must be rid of this selfishness.
We must, or it kills us! God makes that possible. — Big Book p.62 | More…


Our liquor was but a symptom.
So we had to get down to causes and conditions. Big Book p.64 | More…

We thought we had to work at being the strongest, the best, the least vulnerable. Now we are learning how weak and fragile such thinking actually makes us.

Developing our spiritual side, we see that we don’t have to work at being what we already are. We can choose to pass by a challenge without shame because we don’t wish to spend our energy there. –Touchstones 10/12 | More…

God wants us to be only who we are. We were created with unique characteristics for a purpose, even if that purpose isn’t always clear to us.

We need to be who we really are, and to be the best we can be, knowing that God approves because God created us as we are. –In God’s Care/Karen Casey | More…

Remember that we deal with alcohol, cunning, baffling, powerful!
Without help it is too much for us. –Big Book p.58 | More…


Our people don’t come in parts. Either you are, or you are not. Elders Meditations | More…

We do not walk alone. Great Being walks beside us. Know this and be grateful. – Many religions have different names for these Beings. Some are called angels, some are called spirits. These Spirit Beings are helpers. They guide us, protect us and will help us during our times of need. Sometimes they give us dreams. We need not be afraid when these Spirit Helpers come. We need to understand they are the Creator’s helpers. –Elders Meditations | More…



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