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Old 11-22-2009, 03:09 PM
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Thumbs up When meetings are a pain to get to...

...try climbing a mountain to get to one.

Went to an AA-style meeting with an outdoor recovery group, it was 2,000 feet of elevation gain in 2.5 miles. To top it off it was raining/snowing, windy and cold.
It was one of the most spiritual things I've done in my life.
Being up there when you're wet and almost frozen from hypothermia, in order to fellowship with other people in recovery, is powerful stuff.
It was a great meeting and I'm glad I did it.
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Old 11-22-2009, 03:47 PM
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That rocks! (Pun intended ... )

I went to a motorcycle AA-type retreat in the mountains once. Got to ride 200 miles through some beautiful mountains to get there. Meetings were held by campfire next to a beautiful stream.

Being surrounded by nature is very powerful for me -- very spiritual. I hope to go back again.
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Old 11-22-2009, 03:53 PM
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Now THAT is an awesome testimony!! Not what I was expecting when I read the title of your thread I hate to admit.

I feel the same way about my Celebrate Recovery meetings. I would gladly endure something like that to get to a place where I feel whole!

Way to go!!
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Old 11-22-2009, 04:02 PM
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I loved the camp fire meetings I attended back in AZ. It just... made me feel more at ease...
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Old 11-22-2009, 04:41 PM
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I suppose that's one way to look at the end meeting after a long hike.

(Just got out of the chatroom, and forgot how to write in regular English, but I'm grinning here.)

But I suppose the end result feels better for all that whether it's rocks and trees and rain or just pavement and cars and chilly weather. You're There!


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Old 11-22-2009, 04:48 PM
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I'm still cold thinking of that meeting! I was shivering uncontrollably, and a woman was hugging me to help me keep warm!
Next time I'm going to bring beefier gear, like a fleece jacket, bivy sack and a tarp to stake out.
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