From the March 2019 magazine.

Dear Grapevine

32 years on this road
When I first got to AA, I was confused about the program’s specific application of spirituality. Maybe it’s because I have had many spiritual experiences throughout the 85 years of my life, some extraordinary and others mundane, not always associated with my AA program.

I daily practice Native American traditions and the values of my ancestors. My “red road of recovery” has been and continues to be very private. There is my continual involvement with honoring Mother Earth and all her creations, and with the Great Spirit. At my AA meetings, there are non-Native Americans who consider me to be very spiritual, which I suspect is derived from their believing we Native Americans tend to be spiritual people. But I am no more spiritual than anyone else.

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