Leader's Introduction






Hi, everyone.
My name is Shlomo.

I am a compulsive overeater and the leader of the WTS workshop that begins in July. Let me tell you a bit about myself. I am 74 years old, I have 3 children and 7 grandchildren. I also have a German shepherd bitch and a wife. They are both crazy about me. I got married about 5 years ago. It is my second marriage and we live happily ever after. I am a skipper and a scuba diver. I teach Huna, and other kinds of shamanism and healing I am also an actor and a member of 2 amateur theater groups. I play bridge and chess and play a bit on the piano.

I joined OA and TRG more than two decades ago. I am active in OA ever since, working the steps, giving service, leading step workshops and sponsoring. In all my time in OA I was never without a sponsor and always gave service which I continue to do to this day. I was and am also active in TRG, as coordinator and member of the executive committee. I also led a few WTS studies and a sponsor-sponsee workshop.

This program literally saved my life. Physically I was very obese and had all kinds of diseases as a result of my obesity. But my obesity and illnesses were not the worst part. The worst part was my emotional state . I was depressed, full of resentments and fears, and blamed everyone for my bad feelings and my destructive Behaviour. The doctors didn't give me much time to live unless I lost the excess weight And I tried but could not. The more I tried the more I gained. I tried dieticians, physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, hypnosis and self hypnosis, pills, alternative medicine like acupuncture, homeopathy, all kinds of energy healing, spiritual groups, etc… Some worked for a while and I lost the weight but I didn't feel any better inside and I put it all back with interest. The only thing that worked at last was the 12 step program. It caused a tremendous change in me. My emotions, my ideas and attitudes and conceptions changed. I became a different person inside. The program calls it a "spiritual awakening" and it worked and still does. Working the steps freed me from my obsession with food as is written in the Tenth step promises. But it didn't promise me that I would lose the excess weight. I stopped bingeing and overeating but my weight stayed almost the same. The Doctors told me that I couldn't wait for my body to begin reacting to sane eating and I had to have gastric sleeve surgery. This worked in solving my obesity problem quite fast but of course it was not recovery. Recovery is reached by working the 12 steps which enable me to have conscious contact with a Power greater than myself. I know quite a few compulsive eaters who had such surgery and after a while gained all their excess weight back because they didn't work the 12 steps and were slaves to their food obsession. To get started, let me tell you a little about my recovery journey and myself.

So here I am to share how the recovery program worked and works for me..

Now let me tell you about the coming WTS workshop.

What do we need for this workshop?

We need a sponsor The sponsor can be an online sponsor or a f2f sponsor. Just grab one who agrees to work with you. I will send out a sponsor directory to the WTS loop every week. That will help those who have difficulties in finding a sponsor.

We need a reference book. This is the book "ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS" which is also called the Big Book. This is the textbook that gives us precise direction on how to work the steps. Other books that we will use as supplements are the AA 12 steps and 12 traditions and the OA 12 steps and 12 traditions. You can read the first two books on the Internet at http://www.aa.org scroll down the page and click on "reading the Big Book and the AA 12&12 online

There will be action assignments to carry out and we will share about those current actions and their results. This is a program of change and this change or transformation is a process that is driven by action and more Action.

I urge and invite you to ask me questions. Ask anything that is not clear to you about my explanations, or about the assignments. May be you would like me to enlarge some point, or to mention points that I have not dealt with. Anything at all that is connected to our 12 step workshop. Every question is important to our understanding of what we do, in order to do it properly. When you ask questions, write them in a separate e-mail to me at 10.shaft@gmail.com In the subject space write QUESTIONS TO THE LEADER. Don't send your questions about the program to the WTS loop.

I will answer all the questions that are sent to me separately as QUESTIONS TO THE LEADER to the best of my ability without mentioning the name or address of the persons who sent the questions.

You send your answers to the assignments to the WTS loop at: wts@lists.therecoverygroup.org

Now to the first ASSIGNMENT.

Write and introduce yourselves to the loop members and share your story. What you used to be like, what happened and what you are like now. you have the whole week to do it.

Tomorrow I will send out my first share on step one.

Have a nice day

Shlomo






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