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.
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.
Well today I add a little more to the suggestions to get us to the best week ever. Mostly I give examples of why this has worked so well for me and countless others. I also remind us all that it’s not about a quick fix it’s about applying fitness, which means small incremental changes toward our goal.
As we work toward creating the best week “EVAH!” I share a little insight as to why I’m doing it this way. I add some suggestions to deal with any negative thoughts that may come up. I also add a little bit more to our morning ritual and that is a thought for the day, a meditation and a prayer.
I’d like to thank one of my mentors Sam Crowley for the inspiration to teach “the best week EVAH!” That’s how he says it and I can feel that energy and want to pass it along. So listen up! This week, do what I tell you and find a positive result. If you don’t like it, fine. I’m only sharing what is working for me and I’ve gone from Booze to Buddha and from lonely, miserable and depressed to happy, joyous and fulfilled.
Today I give an example of how I can remain open-minded to any message from any religion. I look at God as simply Good Orderly Direction and rather than turn to Him I turn to it. In this way I can open myself up to become a virtuous individual living a principal driven life. I can combat my addictions and the selfishness that has brought me down in the past.