72 Hour Challenge – Acceptance

Acceptance “And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, It is because I find some person, place, thing, situation — Some fact of my life — unacceptable to me, And I can find no serenity until I accept That person, place, thing, or situation As being exactly the way […]

God – What’s It Really Good For?

Wisdom This is a  biggy.   For this ‘little black Buddhist’, it is the meaning of life and all else, and will take many lifetimes to fully ‘get’. So let’s look at just getting through today, shall we?   The answer is not in the bottle.   The problem is not even there.   The […]

Morality – What’s It Really Good For?

Moral Discipline My morals ain’t your morals.   This was my first objection when I began learning Buddha’s teachings because I had abandoned my Church 25 years ago and was extremely independent thinking. I even thought my way into bankruptcy addiction, several divorces, and the gutter ultimately.   This was surely one of the reasons […]

Communion and Separation – Two Sides of A Coin

Seeing I was the man of the house, I wondered what that entailed and became the surrogate husband for my bereaving Mother. Dad was busy working and drinking, so she and I learned to predict horse races and watch John Wayne movies and musicals on Sundays. Visiting Nana and Grandfather, who had separated before I […]

Self, Sobriety, and Success in Life

Attitude, Altruism, Attention Following on from our initial breakthrough, longer-term sobriety and a changed lifestyle requires new attitudes and actions, don’t you reckon? The Attitude relates to Self. How can I view myself differently to ensure new direction and possibilities? What has been so wrong with my attitude that has resulted in such destruction and […]

Being Sober Is Something You Learn How To Do.

I have a special privilege today to share an article and podcast from a very wonderful woman working with others in recovery. Her name is Belle and during the week I received this beautiful piece in my Gmail inbox – just like nearly every day since I became aware of Belle. Belle has a wonderful […]