Today marks a small anniversary of successful personal development for me. Two years ago I was in a deep depressive state but I was able to recognize I had a problem and then I looked to getting help outside of myself to restore my sanity. I kept faith that things would be better and I did the work necessary to change and grow. In other words I used what I have learned from the 12 steps of AA. If you reread this you’ll see that my first step was admitting I had a problem; step 1 acceptance and humility. Then I believed that a power greater than myself could restore my sanity. I was willing to turn my will and life over to the care of applying good orderly direction (G.O.D.). And that gave me the strength do the actual work which has lead me to a new found happiness in my life.
I am grateful for the 12 step program of recovery. I learned about myself and the root of my problems. I knew that I was the cause of my problems. I knew that my addictions were the source but through the program I learned that getting clean and sober was just the first step to recovery. Recovery for me meant finding inner peace and freedom from my anger, my selfishness and my bad habits.
This week I want to go back a bit to the beginning to add to the foundation of this program by talking about why it is that I turned to Buddhism for my religion and spiritual beliefs. I had the beliefs first and then I discovered for myself the religion of Buddhism. What I discovered matched my beliefs and was true for me.