Buddhists meditate on death. This is not a morbid practice nor is it meant to view life pessimistically. Instead the contemplation of death is meant to have the mind recognize how fragile and precious our life is so as to cherish it and treat it with the highest regard. It is a way to put much of life struggles into perspective.
Today’s episode is about what is going on for real in my life. I am a regular person who also gets down or experiences a loss of confidence but I am using the tools that I talk about and suggest in my life to cope with my life.
I left yesterday’s episode with the question in mind of why others might turn to Buddhism. I know my reasons and I’ve met many people with lots of different reasons so today I contemplate the question as I ask it. I also look at the Serenity Prayer, the long version, and how I interpret it with my agnostic Buddhist beliefs.
Buddhists seek enlightenment meaning wisdom and inner peace from the three poisons of greed, hatred and ignorance. I turned to the 12 steps of recovery for much the same reason and continued to work the steps and learn more about Buddhism as I sought to remove greed, hatred and ignorance from myself.
The four noble truths are called truths because they aren’t required to be accepted on faith. They can be examined though experience to be discovered to be true statements about the nature of all phenomena. So in today’s episode I give more examples of applying the truths and the teachings to live a happier life.
Today I just add to what I talked about yesterday. Letting go, Acceptance, The First Two Noble Truths, Grasping and Attachment. They are all connected and similar.
Attachment and the second noble truth that we are the cause of all our suffering in a way is associated with letting go as taught in the forth step of the recovery program of Alcoholics Anonymous. I start with this teaching as an approach as I begin to discuss the law of attraction this week.
Faith in AA began when I was at my bottom and didn’t have any other choice but to ask for help and trust they could. In time I came to see that what I seemed to fear about the 12 steps was only my misinterpretation. I was afraid, at the time, that I would need to set my beliefs aside and give my self up to some kind of religion. I learned right in the beginning that I could keep all my beliefs and have faith and learn to build upon both.
There but for the grace of God go I. Today I examine this phrase and it’s meaning to an agnostic like myself. Once again I show how I apply what I’ve learned to improve myself and my life.
Thank you everyone who listens to the program. As I mention today having this project in my life adds to my feeling fulfilled. I recognize that Buddhism, and other religions, help to answer what is the purpose of ones life. I know that when I was using drugs and alcohol I thought the purpose was to party and consume goods but that is shallow and becomes empty very fast. When I got clean I found a new purpose to change my addiction habits and live life well and with meaning. Now I see that striving for a goal that has meaning to me is the journey of life that I enjoy.