Archive for the The Cause of Suffering Category
When I am suffering, my tendency is to blame something outside of myself. As a first reaction, I look to external phenomena to put the responsibility on. As I practice more and more, I am able to look inward for the causes of my suffering with less resistance. My reaction [...]
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 Second Noble Truth of Buddhism is Samudaya, which is often translated to “origin.” Samudaya refers to the origin or source of our suffering. The Second Noble Truth focuses mostly on craving and ignorance. These are seen as the two main causes of all our suffering, and although the cause may seem [...]
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 [...]
“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make our world.” -The Buddha “%10 of our life is what happens to us. The other 90% is how we respond.” -Anonymous “It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy [...]
It was brought to my attention once again that Fear is one side of the coin while Faith is the other. I was encouraged by a mentor to look at a few things regarding my faith and fear. My direction came in several steps, and I have found them to [...]
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.