I’ve been loosely nicknamed the 12-Step Bodhisattva. This of course has been mostly due to the spiritual choices I’ve made in association with step 3 of the program of recovery as well as the work I’ve done with the 12 steps in finding my own personal recovery from my addictions and alcoholism. Today I address some of that and what it means to me as I continue to reveal some more aspects of what it was like for me while I was still a practicing addict.
In this episode I talk about Happiness and if you listen carefully you’ll here some exercises to practice. I talk about opening up the aperture, which simply means looking at a bigger picture. Don’t focus in on a single event look at the whole day or week or even the year. I talk about listing all the good things and focusing upon that cause it usually out weighs the bad but our minds seem drawn to the bad.
I also talk about a new before bed meditation I just learned and have started practicing as well as one that I’ve been using for years.
And throughout all of this I also talk about how I’ve learned that patience opposes anger.
I’ve talked before about influences and that they lead to my thoughts that will drive my emotions and actions etc. ( I>T>E>A>H>C>D). Today I continue this idea and how I’ve used the Buddha’s teaching and that of the 8-fold path of the dharma as the simple instructions to lead a better life, one filled with happiness.
Gratitude was one of the first principles that I learned when I began the program of recovery. It has been the foundation principal that I have been able to build upon and out from. Discovering things like patience, for me, are a lot easier on a foundation of simple gratitude.
Through some of the story of my past in a treatment center and recently listening to a positive speaker I revisit the idea that I live by:
Influences (affect) my Thoughts (affect) my Emotions (affect) my Actions (that become) my Habits (that become) my Character (that creates) my Destiny.
I am careful what Influences I allow into my life.
I share my recent story of recovery and growth. How I came through a period of depression to learn a new lesson about how important it is to forgive myself as well as forgive other for the hurt I experienced while I was an addict alcoholic.
I had a convo with someone who just couldn’t understand why someone who wanted to quick drinking (or whatever) simply couldn’t so here’s a some of what I told her.
Well today was a challenge for me cause I selected a pretty provocative topic, the Buddha’s teaching that everything is of the mind. Let’s just call this part 1 knowing we’ll be back to this puzzle again.
Today I further explain how I use meditation. I use a few examples but primarily I share my understanding of unconditional love and how I used meditation to find it.