Author: Herb K.

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

A Meditation

Am I addicted to the past? Angry?

That child no longer exists! Only a memory.

Can I detach from the past – the delusion of “then.”

The past does not now exist.

Am I willing to be detached?


Am I apprehensive about my future? Fear?

That person does not yet exist! Only a phantom.

Can I detach from the future – the illusion of “next.”

The future never will exist.

Am I willing to be detached?


Can I be rooted in the present moment – the place where I actually live?

Awareness and compulsion are reciprocal. The more compulsion, the less awareness; the more

awareness, the less compulsion.

Am I willing to be embraced by the Reality of “Is”?

Herb K. was given the gift of freedom from alcohol February 21, 1984. As a result of the application of the Twelve Steps as contained precisely in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, he experienced a profound spiritual awakening in 1988. Since then he has been very involved in carrying the message of recovery through presentations, facilitating workshops, and leading retreats.

He has authored three books to help people access the instructions and confirm the actual process contained in the Big Book for experiencing a spiritual awakening: Practicing the Here and Now: Being Intentional with Step 11 (2017), Twelve-Step Guide to Using the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book (2004) and Twelve Steps to Spiritual Awakening: Enlightenment for Everyone (2010). His books are available on Amazon and other locations.

By | 2018-03-06T10:38:42+00:00 March 11th, 2018|AA, Meditation|2 Comments


  1. Linda Clayton March 11, 2018 at 8:25 am - Reply

    My grandson has been diagnosed with a brain tumour and I am struggling with unbelievable fear….
    I have been in FA for twelve years and attend 12 step meetings every week how do I participate in NOW it really speaks to me the idea of living in this present moment and I would like to learn more

    • Kristin W., Webmaster March 12, 2018 at 6:21 pm - Reply

      I’m so sorry for your trouble and hope the best for you and your family. Please send an email to Herb at so he can give you his phone number and you can call him. There are a variety of resources online at that might be helpful too. Take care and stay in touch.
      Kristin, web management

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