The Joy of Living: Don’t Miss the Bliss

The Joy of Living: Don't Miss the Bliss

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  • The Joy of Living: Don’t Miss the Bliss

    The Joy of Living: Don't Miss the Bliss

  • Humility as Medicine: How to Overcome Arrogance

    Dropping the Attitude of Being Entirely Unwilling to Suffer Think about all the depression, anxiety and irritation we put ourselves through by always seeing suffering as unfavourable, something to be avoided at all costs. Now, think about two things: how useless this is, and how much trouble it causes. Go on reflecting on this repeatedly, until you are absolutely convinced. Then say to yourself: “From now on, whatever I have to suffer, I will never become anxious or irritated.” Go over this again and again in your mind, and summon all your courage and determination.

  • Appreciating the Now: How to Train Our Minds to Feel Better

    It's well understood in the recovery community that an attitude of gratitude is a potent antidote to much of what ails us addicts in recovery. We all know how to make our gratitude lists. But how do Buddhists in Recovery use the Dharma (teachings) to further explore the medicine of true appreciation? Tune in, we'll get into it with a meditation so simple, you'll be amazed before we are halfway through. Word.

  • Genghis Khan or Thich Nhat Hanh – How Do We Respond in Recovery?

    We're often told that what happens may be out of our control, but how we respond is up to us. That's easy for regulated people to say. For those who suffer with CPTSD and other problems due to ACEs have more work to do to get to the level where we can "pause when agitated," and not send that text or make that post!

  • Psychedelic Sobriety: Is the Use of Psychedelics a Relapse in Recovery?

    What is the nature of our relationship to psychedelics? As people in recovery, we've probably abused them at one time or another. Some people have taken mass overdoses and lost total control. So why would anyone in recovery consider the use, medicinal or otherwise, of something that seems pretty risky?

  • Surrender to the Now: Get Grounded in Recovery

    The famous now is where we want to be. But wanting gets us nowhere. The root of suffering, said Buddha, is attachment. To free ourselves, we must cut it out at the root. The root lies in our very desire to be somewhere, anywhere, other than right here, right now. As addicts we've tried to be somone else, somewhere else for our own survival. In recovery we need to learn heart opening, mindful skills to be our own best healers. In service to this vital necessity of practice, let's not gloss over the now, objectify the now, reify or even deify the now. Rather, let's follow the advice of the AA Big Book, which says that we had to let go absolutely, or the result was nil. Therein lies the conundrum, and the very core opportunity for practice.

  • How to Be a Flimsy Reed

    We sought escape with all the desperation of drowning men. What seemed at first a flimsy reed, has proved to be the loving and powerful hand of God. A new life has been given us or, if you prefer, a 'design for living' that really works."

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    Mindfully Manic; How to Keep Your Head as a Buddhist in Recovery

    Update on my journey. Ideas from listeners. The condition of 24/7 fire alarm,'re going to have to be on the job 24/7. Cold hard truth.

  • What is a Buddhist Higher Power and/or How Do Buddhists in Recovery Pray?

    Let's talk about the obstacles to prayer and hence, spiritual development. That's right, you heard me. We must learn how to pray, with intention, not just because the house is on fire. From a Buddhist perspective however, the house is indeed burning up. The Dharma is the knowledge passed on from the Buddha. It is the knowledge that the house is burning. Dharma is the set of instructions on how to stop our addiction to suffering and really, truly let go of our ego. Join me for this lively discussion with myself, and y'all. See you on the show!

  • Stabilizing Our Recovery with Dharma Practice 

    Our ability to turn confusion into peace without fighting anything comes with time and consistent effort. Never stop trying. Don't give up on the dharma, because the dharma will never give up on you. This work is for everyone, as it conflicts with nothing. For those taking refuge in recovery, practicing dharma recovery and participating in all manner of yoga recovery