Prayer and Meditation Workshop

The following is a four hour workshop focusing on the Step 11. The workshop consists of a short literature review, guest speakers, individual writing and reflection and group sharing.

Duration Details
10 mins Open with the Serenity Prayer
Introductions and housekeeping
20 mins Literature Study reviewing references to prayer within the The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous and the Big Book.
45 mins Panel discussion with three guest speakers sharing their experience,strength and hope on prayer. End the session with the ask it basket and questions from the group.

Note when choosing guest speakers, try getting members with a different approach to prayer or with different lengths of recovery.

15 mins Break
15 mins Literature study focusing on meditation – review selected references from Step 11 of the The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous
15 mins Group meditation
45 mins Individual writing and reflection
40 mins Sharing on writing and reflection
5 mins Close with the 11th Step Prayer
  1. This step is not to establish our conscious contact with God; it is to improve our conscience contact with God. Discuss.
  2. Describe a spiritual experience as against a spiritual awakening.
  3. “In order to recover from compulsive eating, we need a living, developing, ongoing relationship with this Higher Power.” Is this statement true for you? Discuss.
  4. If you were to see God as caring, gentle, kind, all forgiving, interested and concerned in what you feel, think and desire, what are the five most important things you would like to say to him right now?
  5. Look at the last 2 years of your life. Plot your prayer life in terms of highs and lows now, one year ago and two years ago.
  6. Identify the major circumstances or events in the high and low periods of your prayer life.
  7. Think of three simple phrases that register your response to the statement: “abstinence is God’s gift to anyone who works these 12 Steps”.
  8. What is my belief about recovery through a spiritual relationship with a power greater than myself alone?
  9. In what ways do I actively seek to improve my relationship with my Higher Power?
  10. How important is it for me to have a regular quiet time for prayer and meditation?
  11. What do I say when I talk to God?
  12. Am I afraid to express my honest feelings to God? When and why?
  13. For what knowledge do I need to ask God?
  14. When have I felt angry with God?
  15. In what tangible ways can I communicate with God?
  16. When the levels of human support fail, do you believe that God does actually sustain you, that he does provide strength? Recall two experiences when you felt God’s strength vividly in your life.
  17. What is meditation?
  18. Discuss any difficulties you have with meditation.
  19. What does meditation offer me?
  20. How do I know which thoughts are God’s direction and which are my own rationalisations?
  21. How does time spent in prayer and meditation affect me?
  22. What do I do when I feel I have received insight from my Higher Power?
  23. What do I do when I need to make an important decision?
  24. How do I respond when I make and error in acting on what I think is God’s will for me?
  25. In what ways does God speak to me?
  26. What do I need to do to stay aligned with my Higher Power?