Brand New: The Power of Vow

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12-Step Buddhist GEAR

Tibetan Incense

This is where I get mine. For some reason just the scent of this amazing incense puts me right into a meditation space.

Samsara's Daily Massacre

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But like me and my inability to even read the news, we tune out the suffering. We tune out our awareness of the infinite sufferings of infinite beings. But all of us are connected to all of the sufferings of all of the beings who have ever lived, who have ever suffered, who have ever died and who are alive and suffering and those who will live and suffer and die. This is our interdependence. This is all happening within us. We’re currently in one of the safer periods in the history of our planet. We have more medicine, more tools, more travel, better communication, more education than ever. There have been plagues and slavery and abuse and insanity and it’s all been going on since the beginning of time. The horror show continues. It’s not just the latest shooting that we should be concerned about. I think about this stuff every day. I think sometimes people look at me and see the look on my face and in my eyes and wonder, “What the fuck is going on in this guy’s head?” I’ll tel you what’s going on.

Fifteen Years Clean and Sober Today - 12/4/97

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My sponsor told me that since my disease is progressive, my recovery needs to be progressive. I think we can practice the fundamentals without becoming fundamentalist.

Guest Post: How To Be Your Own Best Friend In One Easy Step

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How To Be Your Own Best Friend In One Easy Step

“I love you.”

That’s what I have to say to myself in the mirror on a regular basis. It’s a technique for developing self esteem that my last therapist taught me and I think it is a powerful spiritual practice as well. Like most

Perfect Practice: How Everyone Can Use Buddhist and Recovery Tools for Greater Happiness

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Based on the series of retreats we’ve done in the past several years, I’ve written out a nice little system which integrates the best of Buddhist and Recovery tools in a short, but very dense and powerful program. You can work on any section, in any order as much or as little as you want. As always, your Amazon reviews are most appreciated. Please share the link in all of your social media circles. As this is an eBook, the social network and word of mouth is the only way people will hear about it.

Addiction and Impermanence

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The problem with the addicted state and our fixation on it is that we refuse to accept that it is not real, not permanent and not what we have convinced ourselves that it is. However, as anyone who has lived through teenage heartbreak knows, this too does indeed pass. But there’s knowing it on a mental level, where we tell ourselves that we understand the concept of impermanence, and there’s a deep, experiential knowing of this Buddhist principle, where we feel it at the core, at the root, at inception. That’s where delusion dissolves and we begin to break free. My Zen teacher used to say, “A little crack opens up..and the light comes in. That’s the beginning.” But the beginning of what?