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    Serving Rhode Island & Southeastern Massachusetts
 
Upcoming Events

May 2020

May 10, 2020: 3-4:30 pm
OA Virtual Region Workshop
"Utilizing OA Toolkit in a Virtual World"
(See flier within newsletter)

May 16, 2020: 2-4 pm
"The Power of Gratitude" Zoom Workshop
(See flier within newsletter)

June 2020

June 2, 2020: 6:30-7:30 pm
Ocean & Bay Intergroup
(See details within newsletter)

June 14, 2020: 2-4 pm
Back to Basics Workshop: Wisdom of the Big Book
*(hosted by CT Intergroup)*
Zoom Meeting ID: 846 1780 3854
By Phone: 929-205-6099
Email SecretaryCTIG@gmail.com for password

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GROUP CONTACT INFORMATION: 

Please check your meeting contact name and information on both the  local Ocean and Bay Meeting List (send changes to oceanandbayig@gmail.com) as well as the Overeaters Anonymous website meeting list and make any necessary changes.
 
* Please call ahead to verify meetings are taking place, especially during holidays. *
 
 
Updated Jan 2020*
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REMINDER: This is your newsletter, so please feel free to submit your writing contributions to: oceanandbayoa@yahoo.com.

You are also invited to be one of the members who provides answers for a Q&A. Again, just send us a note to: oceanandbayoa@yahoo.com.
"Perfectionism is a deadly character trait. It can kill as easily as compulsive eating. It taught me that I'd never measure up or get it right. And it was a lie. Progress, on the other hand, gives room to breathe, to be human, to make mistakes and back on track anyway. Progress helps me become more flexible, accepting, and self-loving. Perfection feeds my dishonesty. Progress feeds my soul's desire for wholeness and health. I've come to believe that nothing in this world is perfect. Progress allows me freer choice and creates a healthy self-esteem."
- Voices of Recovery: May 12 -  



Ocean & Bay: Events/Updates

*updated as of May 6, 2020*

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Ocean & Bay Intergroup meeting
Tuesday, Jun 2nd: 6:30-7:30pm
*Meeting will open at 6:15p* 
 
Zoom meeting link: 
OR - Dial by phone: 646-558-8656 

Meeting ID:91081554588 |  Password: 487172
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Step Five
Admitted to our Higher Power, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
(Spiritual Principle: Integrity)
 
By the time we have completed the Fourth Step, most of us feel ready to move ahead quickly with Step Five. We want to be free of the resentments, guilt, and shame rooted in the past, and we realize that sharing the details of our past with another human being is an important step toward freedom. Once we have taken this Step, we will no longer have anything to hide. This is the beginning of the end of our isolation.

In Step Five we continue to learn there can be a new way to live. From now on, we readily acknowledge our shortcomings instead of seeking to hide them from ourselves and others. A humble admission of our mistakes to [our Higher Power] is our first step in this new direction. We willingly open our hearts so that a life-changing Power can come in and heal us. We go back over our Fourth Step inventory, acknowledging each truth about our past behaviors, no matter how painful or embarrassing. In acknowledging to our Higher Power these truths about our past, we begin at last to acknowledge them to ourselves, too. 

In practice, when we actually share our Fifth Step, we find that we are humbled without being humiliated. Through the Fifth Step process, we begin to see reality. We are neither above nor below the rest of the human race; we are a part of it, shaped by the same basic needs and desires as all our fellows. In sharing honestly with another person, we begin to feel a sense of relief. Someone knows all about us and still accepts us unconditionally. We begin to forgive ourselves and see ourselves as capable, strong, and honest. And so we are: In taking Step Five, we prove ourselves capable of accomplishing a difficult task and strong enough to be completely honest.


Tradition Five:
Each group has but one primary purpose -- to carry its message to the compulsive overeater who still suffers.
(Spiritual Principal: Purpose)
 
We who have found a sane way of eating and living have a responsibility to make sure OA doesn't become sidetracked. Our groups come together so we can share recovery through the Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions with fellow compulsive eaters.

Experience has shown we cannot keep the precious gifts of our own recovery unless we give recovery away by sharing OA's message. When we focus our discussions on the Principles embodied in the Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, when we share how we've found the solution to our eating problems through practicing these Principles, we discover that carry the message to those who still suffer, and to ourselves as well. No matter how much recovery we have, we still need to hear the OA message. Every time we offer our experience, strength, and hope to the still-suffering compulsive eater, we give back what we have been given and thus continue the flow of healing power that fosters our own recovery.
 
The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, Second Edition
Ocean & Bay Intergroup 
P.O. Box 41273, Providence RI, 02940
Tel: 401-438-1301 | Email:   oceanandbayig@gmail.com