In an effort to be of service I share my experiences and the things in my life that are hard. It is my intention to show how I use what I have learned to break though the barriers that feel like the challenge that I need to push myself though. I’ve done this and found my continued success by maintaining 100% responsibility for my life.
In an effort to take 100% responsibility for my life I feel I need to explore it more to know what it means.
Today I take responsibility for my life and what it is becoming. I learned this through my behavior and the wisdom of the 12 Steps of AA. I have since learned that this is considered the first principle of success.
Now I can see why.
Today I begin by thanking you the listener and as I do I begin to talk on several topics while expressing my gratitude.
Really Thanks for listening!
These past few episodes have been about exploring root causes of suffering and behavior. In my thoughts about it and my recent experiences the subject of values came up. I immediately saw how the importance we each place on our higher values is a guiding influence in our behavior and responses to events. Through meditation on my values influencing my decisions and behaviors I recognize once again how I am the cause of suffering in my life.
The fourth step of Alcoholics Anonymous is about me taking a good long look at myself and my behavior. Well once I began studying Buddhism I saw how this is just like looking at root causes and the causes of suffering in my life.
Hello world, isn’t that how the old school blogs began?
Well I’m here, TD, host of the popular podcast From Booze To Buddha. A show on the 12 steps of recovery and the teachings of the Buddha. I am a recovered alcoholic and addict, and by that I mean that I have recovered from the suffering of the delusion of mind and body caused by the use of drugs and alcohol. Staying clean and sober is my first step. I have been clean and sober, as of today, for a little over 23 years and I am always working with the wisdom of the 12 steps and the teachings of the Dharma to continue to grow. That is how I use the rest of the steps in my life.
In growing I mean that I look at myself, a healthy evaluation, taking personal inventory and improve my character. I continue to apply the 12 steps as well as the teachings of the Dharma. I view the wisdom as simply instructions on how to live a good life. I define a good life as being happy and free from suffering (difficulties). I work to live with Ethics, Service to Others and have a Life of Meaning or Purpose.
I have been called the 12 Step Bodhisattva. It began because of my choice of spiritual beliefs and the religion I follow but now it has special meaning to me for the promises I made and the commitment I keep to those promises. First I promised to stay clean and sober, this is my Step One commitment. To be free of all mind-altering substances comes from the 12 Step Programs and from my Buddhist Vows. Secondly is my Bodhisattva Vows which are promises I’ve made to myself and publicly to abandon lying, cheating, sexual misconduct, stealing, killing and the use of intoxicants. Lastly the vows also include a promise to “go to refuge to the Three Jewels; Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.” This is also parallel to taking refuge in the Treatment Centers I attended, Big Book of AA & 12 Steps, Community of the 12 Step Program Meetings.
Well that’s just my opening blog post to get things started. The journey of 1000 miles begins with the first step so here I am on a new and exciting journey.
Thank you, Namaste!
In the second Noble Truth of the Buddha he states that the cause of all our suffering is our own desires. Another way to describe this that helps me to better understand it and work toward alleviating it is to think of desires as expectations. So that is what today’s episode is about; I can reduce my suffering (stress) by controlling my expectations. I give several examples of how I’m doing just that.
Today I further discuss root causes because for me this is a great way to look at my behavior and work to making better choices.
Realizing and understanding about True Happiness and that it’s source comes from within me and not from any outside source has been a big turning point in my sober life. That’s what I talk about in today’s episode.