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128 – Buddhist 12 Step Recovery | Letting Go

In AA Letting Go is talked about a lot. It's a key element and is what steps 4 and 5 are all about beginning to learn to deal with ones alcoholism. I know for myself that the first morning I woke up and realized that I had truly learned what letting go meant and how I felt after I had let go of some to the past that my life really began to get easier. At least I wasn't held down by some of my past and that just made it easier to continue working on my own personal growth.

Duration: 00:13:33

127 – Buddhist 12 Step Recovery | Happy all the time!

The 12th step of Alcoholics Anonymous teaches me to recognize the change in myself, they call it a spiritual awakening. I call it learning to stop being selfish. The 12th step also teaches me to be giving of myself and when I do I will find it helps me to find genuine happiness and reward. It's often taught as a way for someone to get out of their own head when it can be filled with their own problems and help someone else. The result is your own problems seem to lessen even if it's only...

Duration: 00:19:34

126 – Buddhist 12 Step Recovery | What do I want?

Today I share a story about an event that I attended. The result of which had me think a lot more about genuine happiness, the kind that is from the inside out. It made me think a lot about the store bought happiness I chased growing up, the kind that is about material things, stuff from the outside in.

Duration: 00:19:03

125 – Buddhist 12 Step Recovery | Gratitude with my daughter

Short episode today as my oldest daughter is with me. Together we talk a little bit about gratitude and applying it as we both grew up. Today we realize that for both of us gratitude is not something we "practice" but is actually a part of our character. Thank you.

Duration: 00:10:56

12 – Buddhist 12 Step Recovery | Admitting when I am wrong.

Step 10 of the 12 steps of AA tells me to recognize when I am wrong and to promptly admit it. I made a small error and I talk about it today And as I write this brief episode description I realize how that behavior has become more than just habit it's part of my character. Ya me. Thx!

Duration: 00:21:22

123 – Buddhist 12 Step Recovery | The Hardest Part of Sobriety

For me the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has been need to be the one to make me do it. The steps, Buddhism, other religious sources, meetings, books, talks, etc. have all provided me with What to do but at the end of it all it's Me that has to make me Do It. I have found often that's been the greatest challenge.

Duration: 00:17:20

122 – Buddhist 12 Step Recovery | Gratitude is a Keystone

Gratitude is an Attitude! It's one that set me out on the right foot to getting clean and sober. More importantly it's been the cornerstone or keystone that has aided me in maintaining my sobriety. It's also been a key in learning to grow and change cause sobriety wasn't enough for me I also needed to reprogram my thinking and my actions. grat·i·tude: (noun) the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. I wasn't thankful I was constantly...

Duration: 00:18:13

121 – Buddhist 12 Step Recovery | Season Two

Hello and Welcome to Season Two of From Booze To Buddha. Today is just a welcome or a welcome back to listeners and a tiny bit about what season one was about, for those who don't know. As well as some about what's to come as I take today to introduce this new season and get myself back into the swing of being in front of the microphone. Thank you to everyone who has listened and continues to listen. You all make it easier for me to get over my fear of this program.

Duration: 00:20:14

120 – Buddhist 12 Step Recovery | What Does Your Garden Grow?


Duration: 00:14:02

119 – Buddhist 12 Step Recovery | Success Comes From Small Steps

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...

Duration: 00:18:25

118 – Buddhist 12 Step Recovery | Step One Still An Addict

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.

Duration: 00:17:26

117 – Buddhist 12 Step Recovery | This Week – Why I’m a Buddhist

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.

Duration: 00:18:30

116 – Buddhist 12 Step Recovery | Meditation on Death

Buddhists meditate on death. This is not a morbid practice nor is it meant to view life pessimistically. Instead the contemplation of death is meant to have the mind recognize how fragile and precious our life is so as to cherish it and treat it with the highest regard. It is a way to put much of life struggles into perspective.

Duration: 00:23:02

115 – Buddhist 12 Step Recovery | I walk the talk!

Today's episode is about what is going on for real in my life. I am a regular person who also gets down or experiences a loss of confidence but I am using the tools that I talk about and suggest in my life to cope with my life.

Duration: 00:15:30

114 – Buddhist 12 Step Recovery | Why are you a Buddhist?

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.

Duration: 00:24:30

113 – Buddhist 12 Step Recovery | Why I am a Buddhist

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.

Duration: 00:15:54

112 – Buddhist 12 Step Recovery | More about the Truths

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.

Duration: 00:18:59

111 – Buddhist 12 Step Recovery | Letting Go part 2

Today I just add to what I talked about yesterday. Letting go, Acceptance, The First Two Noble Truths, Grasping and Attachment. They are all connected and similar.

Duration: 00:13:58

110 – Buddhist 12 Step Recovery | Letting Go

Attachment and the second noble truth that we are the cause of all our suffering in a way is associated with letting go as taught in the forth step of the recovery program of Alcoholics Anonymous. I start with this teaching as an approach as I begin to discuss the law of attraction this week.

Duration: 00:20:17

109 – Buddhist 12 Step Recovery | Faith…nothing WooWoo about it

Faith in AA began when I was at my bottom and didn't have any other choice but to ask for help and trust they could. In time I came to see that what I seemed to fear about the 12 steps was only my misinterpretation. I was afraid, at the time, that I would need to set my beliefs aside and give my self up to some kind of religion. I learned right in the beginning that I could keep all my beliefs and have faith and learn to build upon both.

Duration: 00:18:26

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