What one meeting used to be like, what happened, and what the Daily Meditation Meetings are like now.
There used to be a Geneva-based meditation meeting. Fellows got together every Friday morning at 7:30am for a one-hour meeting, starting with 10 minutes of meditation followed by a reading of the chair’s choice. Attendance was very low—sometimes only the key holder showed up—but a few very committed fellows kept the meeting alive.
What happened is that the Covid lockdown forced all the Geneva-based meetings to go on Zoom, including the meditation meeting. Attendance was immediately up to about 10 fellows. After about three weeks of being online, two fellows had the same idea: increase the number of morning meditation meetings to five meetings a week, Monday to Friday.
By the end of the week, we realized that it could go on over the weekend, too and the Daily Meditation Meetings were born. Based upon the availability and wishes of the fellows who were attending these meetings, the time was changed to 7:00am daily.
The first meetings were followed by a few group consciences during which fellows expressed their needs and concerns.
Little by little it took shape. The meditation time was extended to 15 minutes, it was decided that the chosen topic would be the AA Daily Reflection, and at some point, we decided to limit the time of shares. We started with one chairperson and two hosts. That worked for a few weeks, but this was soon extended to allow more service positions.
What the Daily Meditation Meetings are like now: We are a meditation group that runs meetings 7 days a week, from 7:00 to 8:00am CET. Our meetings are closed to those who have a desire to stop drinking. We meditate for 15 minutes and read the Daily Reflection.
The share time is limited to make sure that all have a chance to share. On Fridays, fellows are invited to stay after the meeting for a “zoom café”, allowing for a more informal exchange and camaraderie among attendees. Since the first days, our meetings have run smoothly and peacefully. Many fellows say that it is the perfect way to start the day.
In these difficult times, our meetings are particularly helpful to newcomers as well asto fellows who have come back after a relapse. 90 days in 90 meetings has become quite easy thanks to the regularity of this meeting. Many attendees are regulars and join us from all over the world.
We have 11 service positions filled, which keep us sober and help us remember our legacies of unity, recovery and service.
Our group has but one primary purpose – to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers. In order to further that goal we have registered our meetings on the AA UK website https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/AA-Meetings/Find-a-Meeting/online as well as the CER website https://alcoholics-anonymous.eu/online-meetings/ In this way we hope to reach and welcome newcomers and fellows to join us on the journey. Our registration on the website of Online Intergroup of AA https://aa-intergroup.org/is still in process.
We are looking forward to welcoming you soon!
Maya, Secretary for the Daily Meditation Group