Improving my conscious contact with God through prayer and meditation is something that I am interested in doing. I do a lot of meditating on the boat, but find that when I am back on land and get caught up in my daily routine, I have a more difficult time. Clearly meditation is an important part of recovery and my spiritual growth. It puts my mind at ease, takes away a lot of my fear, and enhances my entire well being.
I am intrigued that several bloggers have shared how well Buddhism aligns with recovery. And I happened across the following that I thought was interesting. These are the 12 Steps of Liberation:
- The truth of suffering. We experienced the truth of our addictions – our lives were unmanageable suffering.
- The truth of the origin of suffering. We admit that we craved for and grasped onto addictions as our refuge.
- The truth of the end of suffering. We came to see that complete cessation of craving and clinging at addictions is necessary.
- The truth of the path. We made a decision to follow the way of liberation and to take refuge in our wakefulness, our truth, and our fellowship.
- Right view. We made a searching and fearless review of our life. We are willing to acknowledge and proclaim our truth to ourselves, another human being and the community.
- Right thought. We are mindful that we create the causes for suffering and liberation. Our goodness is indestructible.
- Right speech. We purify, confess and ask for forgiveness straightforwardly and without judgment. We are willing to forgive others.
- Right action. We make a list of all persons we harm and are willing and able to actively make amends to them all, unless to do so would be harmful.
- Right livelihood. We simplify our lives, realizing we are all interconnected. We select a vocation that supports our recovery.
- Right effort. We realize that continuing to follow this path, no matter what, is joyful effort.
- Right mindfulness. Through prayer, meditation and action we will follow the path of kindness, being mindful moment by moment.
- Right concentration. Open to the spirit of awakening as a result of these steps, we will carry this message to all people suffering with addictions. An excerpt from Darren Littlejohn’s “The Twelve Step Buddhist"