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The 12-Step Buddhist Podcast

Nov 4, 2023

Surrender to the Now: Get Grounded in Recovery
The 12-Step Buddhist Podcast Episode 107

The famous now is where we want to be. But wanting gets us nowhere. The root of suffering, said Buddha,
is attachment. To free ourselves, we must cut it out at the root. The root lies in our very desire to be somewhere, anywhere, other than right here, right now. As addicts we've tried to be somone else, somewhere else for our own survival. In recovery we need to learn heart opening, mindful skills to be our own best healers. In service to this vital necessity of practice, let's not gloss over the now, objectify the now, reify or even deify the now. Rather, let's follow the advice of the AA Big Book, which says that we had to let go absolutely, or the result was nil. Therein lies the conundrum, and the very core opportunity for practice. 

Let's talk about it. 

Books mentioned:

Wisdom of the Desert Fathers and Mothers: Ancient Advice for the Modern World

Desert Fathers and Mothers: Early Christian Wisdom Sayings, Merton

Total Mind Power