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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 ...
 
We're going through all 81 verses of the Tao Te Ching. We're searching that flow that all the masters talk about. We're going for that groove in life where effort is replaced by joy and ease. Does it really exist? Let's find out together! This podcast is David's exploration with friends into the Tao, surrender, flow, and finding a way to love.
 
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Verse 73 of the Tao Te Ching reminds me that nothing escapes the net of Love! A fun recovery discussion of the thread of Love that is sewn into everything. 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 Tool…
 
There was a great discussion today about grasping the ideas presented by the words rather than focusing on the words themselves. Do we focus on the finger rather than the moon that the finger is pointing at? Is it the surrender gained through our suffering that causes our insights? Don’t forget to use the resources mentioned below for tools to stay…
 
We have many substitutes for letting go, each with a greater degree of self-effort. 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.o…
 
A good discussion about the need to allow gratitude to bring us out of difficult situations: we also discussed the role fear plays in our life and if fear is necessary with differing opinions. 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://b…
 
Verse 74 reminds us that expectations of the future will harm us. When we live in fear of the future, we cause harm to our lives and those around us. The “God” Word Pamphlet - https://www.aa.org/sites/default/files/literature/assets/p-86_theGodWord.pdf Don’t forget to use the resources mentioned below for tools to stay sober any time during the yea…
 
Describing a strawberry does not compare to tasting a strawberry. The Tao cannot be mentally understood; the Tao can only be experienced! Thanks everyone for an excellent discussion! 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/…
 
Verse 18 describes the spiral downward when we take back control in any area of life. 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…
 
This story reminds us of how playing God does not work; We either demand too much or provide too much. Whenever we look to our understanding for the solution, we are looking in the wrong direction. The solutions for each of us come from within. Don’t forget to use the resources mentioned below for tools to stay sober any time during the year. You c…
 
What a great meeting! We have several possible names for this episode; Flight from the Moment, God is NOW, The Behaviors that take us out of the Moment, Aspects of Unacceptance, Acceptance is the Answer, etc. Regardless of how this episode is framed, it spoke to many group members. Don’t forget to use the resources mentioned below for tools to stay…
 
Excellent discussion! This verse gives us instructions on how to discern life and death in everyday situations. The challenge is not only to remain flexible when life is difficult but also to allow flexibility in success. 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 l…
 
Today I find it's the best thing that has ever happened to me. This proves I don't know what's good for me. And if I don't know what's good for me, then I don't know what's good or bad for you or for anyone. So I'm better off if I don't give advice, don't figure I know what's best, and just accept life on life's terms, as it is today-especially my …
 
How does the master act? He takes the next righting action – not right action (vs. the wrong action). The next action that balances like righting a ship. Thank you, Sensei, for that nugget! We also discussed instead of having faith and believing our way into righting actions, our actions of love balance our beliefs. Don’t forget to use the resource…
 
How do we use our talents without stressing over our job performance? How far can our talents take us? Do we have access to anything more than our talents? What is our part? How do we live life from a place of love and acceptance rather than from fear? These are some of the questions discussed today in the podcast. Don’t forget to use the resources…
 
How do we use our experience, rather than excessive effort, to draw in our extremes and prepare us to serve? Is this process similar to drawing a bow? We also discussed the names we give our Higher Power and how so much of our religious thinking is attached to the word, God. The “God” Word Pamphlet - https://www.aa.org/sites/default/files/literatur…
 
The peace I am looking for is always found within – never in my successes or selfish deeds that I disguise as altruistic. We also discussed the difference in Alanon between the desire to fix others and genuine loving kindness. Don’t forget to use the resources mentioned below for tools to stay sober any time during the year. You can find a much lon…
 
One of our best discussions ever concerning several topics relating to working the program without a traditional God belief! Who do we surrender to? What is acceptance? Does acceptance mean I approve of the situation? How are our character defects removed in steps 6 & 7 if God is not removing them? Don’t forget to use the resources mentioned below …
 
Our spiral from spiritual fitness to thinking a drink would be a good idea can be very subtle. This story demonstrates the spiral. For me, if there is something in my life that I start to control that I should be surrendering, I will lose my peace. If I remain in that state of peacelessness long enough (step 2), I start having outward unmanageabili…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
This story reminds us of the paradox of truth; what gives us peace and joy is not in what we thought would give us peace and joy. What we are looking for can be found in the last place we would think to look. Order Sensei Elliston’s new book; https://www.amazon.com/Original-Frontier-Serious-Seekers-Guide/dp/0764360884/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=t…
 
The empty boat is a story that has been mused by many. Today we discuss how this story relates to recovery and how to apply these principles in our everyday lives. 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 Se…
 
This story brought out another discussion of wu wei – effortless effort. How free we become when we stop trying to control what we think keeps us from being free! Amazing how quickly our thoughts pass when we are no longer disturbed in some way. Order Sensei Elliston’s new book; https://www.amazon.com/Original-Frontier-Serious-Seekers-Guide/dp/0764…
 
Incredible discussion of how to surrender your way to that place of rest, that place of calmness and serenity as seen in the serenity prayer; God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Order Sensei Elliston’s new book; https://www.amazon.com/Original-Fr…
 
Why do we fight? Are we fighting because we are afraid? “The chief activator of our defects has been self-centered fear – primarily fear that we would lose something we already possessed or would fail to get something we demanded.” 12 X 12 Page 76. An excellent discussion of the tools we use to surrender fear. Order Sensei Elliston’s new book; http…
 
Many of us fall for the idea that outer success will bring us the inner success we crave. This story reinforces the fact that true achievement comes from learning to live life in the moment, with no need for the approval of others. Order Sensei Elliston’s new book; https://www.amazon.com/Original-Frontier-Serious-Seekers-Guide/dp/0764360884/ref=sr_…
 
How do we stay in the moment, enjoy the journey, and surrender expectations? If this is one of your struggles, you will enjoy this 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 Pod…
 
Another story showing us the path of unlearning – resting in the eternal, hidden place of no-place. This story also brought out the dynamic of alcohol being a substitute for letting go in life and the role of anonymity in recovery. I really appreciate the great discussion! Order Sensei Elliston’s new book; https://www.amazon.com/Original-Frontier-S…
 
Sensei Michael Elliston and special guest Seigstsu Roger Cochran, aka Dr. Cochran, share their thoughts on the 10th verse of the Tao Te Ching from a Zen perspective. What does it mean to observe? What should we expect from our meditation practice? How do we begin our meditation practice? How long should we meditate? Just a few of the questions we d…
 
“The road to hell is paved with good intentions” is a phrase we have heard often. When we refuse to accept what is, we try to fix and change people, places, and things into what we feel is best. Sometimes we take actions that are meant for good that end up being detrimental to ourselves or others. Order Sensei Elliston’s new book; https://www.amazo…
 
This story addresses the age-old question, “What is it that will make me fulfilled?” An excellent discussion of how we seek outwardly for what will bring purpose to our lives, not knowing we already possessed everything within. We eventually ended the conversation with a few minutes of discussion of wu wei. Contact us at Wisdom56321@gmail.com Order…
 
Sensei Michael Elliston shares his thoughts on the 9th verse of the Tao Te Ching from a Zen perspective. The desire for more and how to determine when a creative task is complete, like a painting or writing a book, were a couple of the topics we discussed. Order Sensei Elliston’s new book; https://www.amazon.com/Original-Frontier-Serious-Seekers-Gu…
 
Are our fears keeping us from being happy? An excellent discussion of how our fears and resistance bend our path of love. This bending keeps happiness out of reach. We also started our weekly discussion of synchronistic moments for the week. Contact us at Wisdom56321@gmail.com Order Sensei Elliston’s new book; https://www.amazon.com/Original-Fronti…
 
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