Continuing the journey through the 12 steps, Amy concludes the discussion of Step 9 with this episode:  It Works When I Work It.  The SAA Green Book guides us through a 5 step process in how we actually go about making amends for the wrongs we have done.  In this episode, Amy discusses this process and gives examples from her own experiences.  Cleaning up the wreckage of our past is essential in order to move forward with a solid foundation.  

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Are you tired of saying you're sorry?  Picking back up the series on the 12 steps of Recovery, Amy continues the discussion on Step 9:  Made direct amends whenever possible, expect when to do so would injure them or others.  Making amends is more than just apologies or saying we are sorry.  It takes a complete attitude change.  Listen to Amy share a portion of that changed attitude and how to approach amends from a helpful place.

 

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In the continuation of the deep dive on the 12 steps of recovery, Amy explores how all of the work we have done up to this point prepares us for Step 9, for making amends.  She discusses how amends is more than apologies, more than just saying we are sorry.  In preparing to work step nine, we need to understand the principles behind all of the other steps as well as why apologies are insufficient. 

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Concluding the discussion on step 8, Amy shares one of the most influential experiences she has heard about forgiveness.  Using the experience of Corrie ten Boom, related in her book "The Hiding Place", Amy shares why forgiveness is something we continually practice.  And just as essential as forgiving others is learning and practicing forgiving ourselves. We just keep working at it and keep practicing until our higher power "changes the temperature of our heart."

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In the continuation of the series on the 12 steps of recovery, Amy discusses one of the major principles she had to learn and practice while working Step 8:  Letting Go.  After offering examples of some of the things she had to learn to let go of, she offer 6 practical ways to help you begin to let go of things in your life as well. 

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In the continuation of the episodes on Step 8, Amy discusses the principles she learned from actually working this step in her life.  Throughout the process of becoming willing to make amends, many internal shifts have to happen.  Listen to Amy discuss the difference between Ownership and Responsible Ownership.

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Step 8 has many principles for us to learn, but they aren't always obvious from the beginning.  Approaching this step different from she has in the past, Amy begins the discussion on Step 8 with understanding how we work it in our lives.  She then shares the three principles she learned FROM working this step, even when she didn't want to.  The next three episodes in the 12-step series will discuss each of these principles in detail. 

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In the continuation of the discussion about the 12 steps of recovery, and the conclusion of the discussion on Step 7, Amy offers three methods for working this step in our lives.  It is important we ask, reflect, and act in order to really see the positive changes that can come in our lives as part of Step 7.  
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As we dive deep into Step 7, Amy analyzes the words of this step.  What does it look like to live in humility?  What exactly does the word Remove mean and how does it apply to my life in Step 7?  As we begin to see ourselves rightly, next to our higher power, we become ready to ask for help as we work to remove our character defects.

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In the conclusion of the discussion on Step 6, Amy provides two examples of how to work this step in our lives.  Remember - it works when we work it!  We can't just talk about our character defects being removed, we have to actually do something about it!

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