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In this podcast, we discuss mystical works of literature, primarily Taoist text, and how they relate to alcohol recovery. Taoist Philosophy can be an excellent tool for embracing the idea of a “Higher Power.” Nature offers all of the examples necessary for a concept of a source of all life, much different but yet very similar in many ways to more traditional religious thinking. Here is a link to an online version of the Tao Te Ching; https://ttc.tasuki.org/display:Year:1972,1988,1996,2004/se ...
 
Modern and Meaningful Mental Health, Sobriety, Recovery and Wellness with Author, Clinical Counselor, and Master Coach Lynn Matti. Helpful discussions and tips for healing from stress, addiction, co-dependency, overwork, relationship problems, perfectionism and more. Lynn freely offers her professional and personal wisdom, evidenced-based therapy along with new and time tested tools, guidance, and inspiration for seekers of holistic mental wellness. Her mission is to help others choose, mode ...
 
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Second Chances

Comedians Greg Baldwin & Jimmy Shin

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It's about life: addiction, recovery, and second chances. Each week comedians Greg Baldwin and Jimmy Shin talk to celebrities and normal folk about their second chance in life. Heroic, inspiring, often comedic true-life stories from the people who are living them.
 
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Verse 78 of the Tao Te Ching is all about the characteristics of water. We discuss how water is our example of acceptance in all life interactions. 30 Tools to Stay Sober: https://buddyc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/30-Tools-to-Stay-Sober120921.pdf Info on the new book, Powerless But Not Helpless, the free daily Tao Recovery Email, Sensei Ellisto…
 
Being governed from within is one way to describe the purpose of all spiritual practices. How do we recognize our inner, intuitive knowing? What are the warning signs that we are looking outward again? How has recovery helped us with this process? Don’t forget to use the resources mentioned below for tools to stay sober any time during the year. Yo…
 
Good discussion on stillness and meditation too! Don’t forget to use the resources mentioned below for tools to stay sober any time during the year. You can find a much longer list of resources at https://buddyc.org/recovery-resources/ 30 Tools to Stay Sober Before, During, and After the Holidays; https://buddyc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/30-To…
 
Excellent conversation! What does Taoist Literature say about new years resolutions? Is it ok to make plans? Can I set goals and still follow the Tao? Don’t forget to use the resources below for tools to stay sober, not only during the holidays but at any time throughout the year. You can find a much longer list of resources at https://buddyc.org/r…
 
We believe this story is all about how we protect ourselves from losing our peace and joy. Don’t forget to use the resources mentioned below for tools to stay sober, not only during the holidays but at any time during the year. You can find a much longer list of resources at https://buddyc.org/recovery-resources/ 30 Tools to Stay Sober Before, Duri…
 
An excellent discussion of how to mend family relationships. Someone has to be vulnerable and reach out in kindness to mend relationships. Each attendee brought an example of working with relatives in difficult situations and how to apply what they have learned in recovery. 30 Tools to Stay Sober Before, During, and After the Holidays; https://budd…
 
Is sobriety like everything else? Get educated, work hard, and if you don’t get it at first, double down and work even harder? Or is sobriety the opposite? Instead, are we to place our effort in helping others as a way of helping ourselves. Is sobriety all about unlearning? About forgetting what I think I know? 30 Tools to Stay Sober Before, During…
 
Recovery, similar to the path of virtue, can only be described. Words cannot explain the power of love; love must be experienced. Shareable link to download 23 Ways to Stay Sober During the Holidays; https://buddyc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/23-Tools-to-Stay-Sober111921.pdf Info on the new book, Powerless But Not Helpless, the free daily Tao Re…
 
Ask yourself things like: Who will be at the party? Is there anyone there who will try to compromise my sobriety? Who can go with me that supports my sobriety? What will I say when someone offers me a drink? What will I order to drink while there? Where is the party? Is it an environment I can handle at this time? How will I get home in the case I …
 
In this episode, we discussed the tools we use to enjoy the holidays sober. For many, this is the first holiday season sober. Can we go to functions? How do we deal with the contrary family member that always pushes our buttons? This was an excellent discussion! Some of the tools discussed; Attend as many AA meetings as possible AND participate. Ge…
 
Many people aren’t sure what to expect when getting sober or entering into Recovery, even with some research. The first days of sobriety are full of challenges and opportunities to strengthen recovery. Getting an idea of what it’s like can help you or your loved one navigate this time more successfully.…
 
Why is it that some of us can get sober and others cannot? Where is our effort needed? Where is our effort not required? Is it just about working harder and doing better? Info on the new book, Powerless But Not Helpless, the free daily Tao Recovery Email, Sensei Elliston’s new book, and much more; www.BuddyC.org Zen Home Meditation Training https:/…
 
Sensei Michael Elliston shares his thoughts on the 13th verse of the Tao Te Ching from a Zen perspective. Good conversation about the trap of hope and how some types of hope can keep us from accepting the moment and steal our peace. Sample verses of Buddy’s new book, Powerless But Not Helpless, a link to Sensei Elliston’s book, plus links to the ot…
 
Where do we find lasting contentment? We discussed how our search for contentment must turn inward and that one of the first steps of looking inward is learning to live in the moment. Today's reading; https://ttc.tasuki.org/display:Code:gff,sm,jhmd,rh/section:80 Info on the new book, Powerless But Not Helpless, plus free daily Tao Recovery Email; w…
 
Why does giving make way for us to receive? Can we live empty of judgment and ego so we can be the mirror for our friends to see solutions to their perceived problems? Info on the new book, Powerless But Not Helpless; www.BuddyC.org Order Sensei Elliston’s new book; https://www.amazon.com/Original-Frontier-Serious-Seekers-Guide/dp/0764360884/ref=sr…
 
We learn in recovery that we change from the inside out. When we try to satisfy life from the outside inward, this story is the result. We saw the problem in this story and the solution in the 37th verse of the Tao Te Ching. Info on the new book, Powerless But Not Helpless; www.BuddyC.org Order Sensei Elliston’s new book; https://www.amazon.com/Ori…
 
Sensei Michael Elliston shares his thoughts on the 12th verse of the Tao Te Ching from a Zen perspective. Our outward senses can dull the sensitivity of our inner intuitive voice. Info on the new book, Powerless But Not Helpless; www.BuddyC.org Order Sensei Elliston’s new book; https://www.amazon.com/Original-Frontier-Serious-Seekers-Guide/dp/07643…
 
Lynn explores why happiness seems so hard to get and how to figure out your own happiness goals. When most people talk about happiness, they might be talking about how they feel in the present moment, or they might be referring to a more general sense of how they feel about life overall.
 
Could Non-Being be described as love? Excellent conversation concerning surrender and Step 2. Could relief come from our surrender and stopping the fight rather than the intervention of a Higher Power? Words that are difficult to write to describe a conversation that was spot on. Info on the new book, Powerless But Not Helpless; www.BuddyC.org Orde…
 
Veteran filmmaker Julia Verdin is a multi hyphenate – she is known as accomplished producer, award-winning Director and has written a number of screenplays. She is also the founder of Artists for Change, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to create high impact film, television, and multimedia projects to inspire individuals, organiz…
 
Where is the Tao? What is the Tao? What actions can we take to become more aware of the Tao at work in all things? All situations? All people? At work in everything! Order Sensei Elliston’s new book; https://www.amazon.com/Original-Frontier-Serious-Seekers-Guide/dp/0764360884/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+original+frontier&qid=1599168689&sr=8-1 …
 
This story reminds us of the gift of not having to know. This is a gift most of us never realize that we already possess. Excellent conversation! Order Sensei Elliston’s new book; https://www.amazon.com/Original-Frontier-Serious-Seekers-Guide/dp/0764360884/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+original+frontier&qid=1599168689&sr=8-1 Sensei Elliston’s Po…
 
This is a story about Knowledge seeking the Tao. The answer was not in Knowledge but in Nothingness(emptiness)—a good discussion of applying the principle of nothingness to our lives. We also discussed how the Big Book of AA is a book of experience rather than a book of knowledge. Order Sensei Elliston’s new book; https://www.amazon.com/Original-Fr…
 
Sensei Michael Elliston shares his thoughts on the 10th verse of the Tao Te Ching from a Zen perspective. From the text, this became a conversation about emptiness. Sensei gives us a thorough explanation of how the ancient masters of Zen Buddhism taught emptiness. Next week, our story about seeking nothingness(emptiness) gives us Chaung Tzu’s view …
 
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