Today I expand on what I began about the first teaching of the noble truth. I continue with the second noble truth and some examples of what it means to me. I share a little bit about how I use this teaching in my life.
A common quote is “it works if you work it!” This quote refers to applying the tools of the program resulting in successfully maintaining sobriety. In today’s episode I share how I have challenges in my life like everyone else that cause me to question myself and make me feel like giving up. In my past these down on myself and down in the dumps feelings are what lead me to depressive episodes. Today I share how I use the tools I have learned from the 12 steps, Buddha Dharma other authors and counselors to pick myself up and keep myself moving forward on a path of growth and success.
In talking about the first teaching of the Buddha and the four noble truths the topic of impermanence will in inevitably come up.
In another catch up episode I finish with a few comments on the middle path and give my thoughts on the first noble truth.
So I took a couple of days off to think. I used the tools I talk about to engage myself in what I want to share next. In this episode I talk about that and mention a few things I’ve shared before as a reminder, like the influence formula.
Influences – Thoughts – Words – Actions – Habits – Character
I continue this weeks discussion about the middle way with examples of how I see parallels between Buddhism and The 12-Step Program as well as some of the tools of spirituality I use to find balance in my life.
Upon enlightenment the Buddha is said to have found it in hearing a guitar or lute being played. He recognized that if the strings are too loose or too tight no music can be produced. So he postulated that life is also like this metaphorically and he began to teach the middle path. I learned this and have used it as one of the answers to life that I turn to.
The Four Noble Truths are the first teaching of the Buddha Shakyamuni. Today I bring my talks about Step 3 and Spirituality to where I was first introduced to the teaching of the Buddha. I share a beginning to my understanding and how I saw a relationship to the wisdom of the Program of AA and the 12 steps.
In today’s show I take a daily meditation from my life and explain how I break it down so I can gain wisdom from it. It is a meditation that upon first glance seems to have a strong religious overtone because of the way it is worded. I show how I first remain open-minded and not brush it aside. Then I take the reading apart sentence by sentence to reveal how I interpret it to my beliefs and also show how the religious tone only exists at first glance. Staying open and having a closer look is all it takes.
Prayer for me is a tool to have a conversation with my Higher Power. It fills me with faith and leaves me feeling safe.