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Prayer Positions

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I came to OA seventeen years ago this week. I’m deeply grateful to my Higher Power, who gave me the gift of the program and the willingness to keep coming back.

I live in a small community in the hills, and my choice of meetings is very restricted, so I find myself listening to podcasts—often! Many thanks to all those members who keep this service running, and thanks to those willing to let their message of recovery be sent worldwide to all corners of the earth!

OA is a spiritual program. I love the fact that it can touch all beliefs whether a person is religious or not, and that a share is not complete without reference to a daily conscious contact with HP.

For me, there is one catch: a practice used in some specific religions—getting down on one’s knees. This practice sets up a conundrum for people not connected to those religions. While it seems to provide much succor, it’s not allowed in some religious beliefs. Personally, I find the mention of it disturbing, and ask why it’s mentioned so often. However, our program suggests, “take what you want and leave the rest,” an excellent philosophy, yet very confusing for me in this instance because I yearned for spiritual experience but could not use this path.

To my joy, I found the answer! Learning together as a family, we were discussing the part of our religion’s daily morning and afternoon services when we come in supplication to God. It is a quiet and meditative part of the service, and we assume a sitting position with our heads buried in our elbows on the table. Wow—I love it! It works! Don’t quit before the miracle. Here there are answers for everyone, in all walks of life, if we search for them.

— Y.E., Israel

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