At our writing meeting, we often read articles about spiritual awakening from books such as Lifeline Sampler. Reading articles written by fellow Overeaters Anonymous members, people like me, seems to give me the deepest insights, and this particular meeting opened up a new perspective about gratitude. Once again, I became able to identify behavior patterns I’d created a long time ago, before program, in order to cope with life—self-destructive behaviors that resulted in suppressed anger, absentmindedness, fear, and intense sadness. Spiritual fitness, I heard, does not mean freedom from stress. I’d gotten into bed the night before with a list

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