Things to read and places to go


Most people are familiar with what meditation is but many may not be familiar with the concept of mindfulness. A dictionary definition is: a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

In the Twelve Steps Alcoholics Anonymous mindfulness can be related to Steps 10 and 11.  As we “continue to take personal inventory” we are mindful of our character defects and how we react to them.  In Step 11 as we seek “through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact”  we are mindful of where our will blocks our Higher Power’s will for us.  Meditation and mindfulness work together as we take these steps of recovery.

Although Meditation and Mindfulness are often associated with Buddhism you will find it embraced by all religions and the medical community.  We have assembled references and resources from different media, religions and disciplines.  Not all are “AA” endorsed resources, merely things you may find helpful and complementary.  Please, explore and enjoy.  If you would like to suggest material for our list or need help finding something, send us an e-mail:


Alcoholics Anonymous

AA General Services of Southeast Michigan

Meditation Instructions

A couple of links to give you the basics on how to meditate

Buddhist teachings, traditions and practices for recovery

This site is hosted by Spirit Step, dedicated to enhancing the 12 Steps of AA through Mediation Practice.

A Buddhist Meditation and Recovery community

Meditation cushions, benches and singing bowls are just the beginning.

Podcasts of talks given at The Insight Meditation Center in California.  (hint: type “introduction to mindfulness” in their search box for a great series of talks)

Awakened Heart Project

The mission of Awakened Heart Project is to promote the use of Jewish contemplative techniques that foster the development of a heart of wisdom and compassion.

The Buddhist Recovery Network supports the use of Buddhist teachings, traditions and practices to help people recover from the suffering caused by addictive behaviors.

The Christian Meditator

A website to Learn How Christian Meditation Can Help You to Eliminate Stress, Renew Your Mind and Develop a Deeper Relationship with God.

A.A. Historical Materials

The Voice in the Stillness

An overview of some Christian ways of meditation.

The Institute for Jewish Spirituality.  Meditation as a Core Practice of Spirituality.

Authentic Jewish meditation with step-by-step guidance from Harav Yitzchak Ginsburgh.

The Insight Meditation Center (IMC) is a community-based urban meditation center for the practice of Vipassana or Insight meditation

Christian Guided Meditations to Help You Slow Down and Savor God's Word

samadhi cushions

Plenty of cushions, benches, bowls and other meditation supplies here.

Written in the late 1930's by John E. Batterson (A personal friend of Dr. Bob's — co-founder of A.A.)

Making “Meditation” Meaningful

A.A. Prayer and Meditation

Working the 12 Steps from a Buddhist perspective.

The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at The University of Massachusetts is a visionary force and global leader in mind-body medicine.

The World Community of Christian Meditation. You can learn here about the tradition, how to meditate, how to find a local weekly group, where to go on a Christian meditation retreat, browse our audio and video channels, get books, DVDs, and weekly resources.

A zafu is a meditation cushion, this place has a ton of them.