Archive for the Suffering Exists Category
The First Step of Alcoholics Anonymous states, ”We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.” The principle behind this first step is honesty. Step One also is closely related to Right View in Buddhism. Step One and Honesty The first step is a simple (not easy) declaration of our [...]
The First Noble Truth is Dukkha which is most commonly translated as “suffering” or “dis-ease.” Dukkha refers to physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental suffering. It may also refer to dissatisfaction with our current situation, pain over something changing, or attachment. Many people read the First Noble Truth, hear that Buddhism teaches [...]
(Please note I wrote this while in jail, and am now posting it here) In jail, it is easy to drift from spiritual practice. The language, attitudes, and energy around me are consistently negative. From inmates blaming the police or the judge to repeat offenders discussing how high they are [...]
“God can move mountains, but please bring a shovel.” -Anonymous “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else.” -Chinese [...]
I have found in my recovery that I must continue to take personal inventory ON PAPER. Simply trying to do it in my head does not work, and I fall behind. Furthermore, when I am doing a written inventory, I must also take the action to make amends where they [...]
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ““When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s [...]
The Fourth Step of Alcoholics Anonymous reads, “Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.” Many people who are going through the steps for the first time find this step overwhelmingly frightening. The principle of Step Four is Courage.