Today I express my understand of simple meditation. I have used meditation and viewed in a couple of ways.
Today I begin with the intention of summarizing and giving a general overview of the life of the Buddha, his first teachings and a little about what they mean. Instead I end up giving myself a lesson in balance which was the first understanding the Buddha had that lead to his enlightenment.
Step 11 reads: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood him, praying only for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry that out.
So Today I add a little further commentary to what prayer means to me and how I use it in my life as an agnostic Buddhist.
Today I give a summary about Step 11 and improving contact with my higher power. In this episode I explain how I use prayer to find focus in my life and meditation to improve myself and my Good Orderly Direction which for me is G.O.D.
Today I look at Step 8 being two things; a list of people I feel I have wronged and finding the willingness to make amends. In Step 9 I apply how I feel I can make amends to each.
Then with the remaining time I explain how I looked to Benjamin Franklin for a shining example of how I can continue to take personal inventory. I give a very brief overview of his list of Thirteen Virtues.
I reveal how removing my shortcomings is an on going process and share a personal story about one of my character defects.
Nothing special I’m just trying to show that if I can do it anyone can do it and that there really is nothing “woo woo” about it.
I was given the opportunity to use the 12 steps again in my life. This included sharing with another how I use them in my regular life to overcome other non-serving habits like eating too much junkfood.
The experience was so positive for me and I get to continue it by being able to offer it in this forum as well.
This is a very brief look at the 12 steps… as I see them.
I have seen Buddhism is defined as a Pragmatic Philosophy and that’s what it is for me.
When I state that there is nothing woo woo about Buddhism or the 12 Steps what I’m saying is that for me it’s all very sensible and realistic in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations.
Coming from agnostic beliefs God to me is simply G.O.D. Good. Orderly. Direction. This something I did not have until I clean myself up and began working the 12 steps which included spirituality.
Today I talk about being an agnostic and the foundation of my spirituality.