May 15, 2006

“One Breath at a Time”

Buddhism and
the Twelve Steps
by Kevin Griffin

Book Description:
Kevin Griffin, a Buddhist meditation teacher and longtime Twelve Step practitioner, weaves his personal story of recovery with traditional Buddhist teachings. The book takes us on a journey through the Steps, examining critical Twelve Step ideas like Powerlessness, Higher Power, and Moral Inventory through the lens of Buddhism. One Breath at a Time presents potent ancient techniques for finding calm and clarity and offers a vision of a Higher Power not tied to traditional Western Judeo-Christian concepts. One Breath at a Time describes the convergence of two vital traditions, one ancient, the other contemporary, and shows how they are working together to create a rich spiritual path for our times. Certain to resonate with both meditators and those whose mantra is 'One day at a time,' One Breath at a Time should find a large, welcoming audience.

Meaningful Quotes:
The Buddha was emphatic on the point that we are responsible moment to moment for our words and actions, not just victims of destiny or hidden forces, we have an element of free will.

Letting go, dropping the tendency to chase after external, and even internal gratification brings the greatest joy.

...before you can really let go of ego, you need a healthy ego.

I can feel good about helping people feel happy, and I appreciate that I can be part of something without being the whole thing.

Certainly quietness and solitude are powerful tools for practice. But the heart work of connection is equally powerful and vital to our growth.

The simplest definition of Buddhist right speech is to say only “What is true and useful.”

Now I try to worry about my identity and just do what seems like the right thing to do.

We are a process, we are possibilities, and we constantly change.

We need to maintain the balance between effort and acceptance, between perfection and forgiveness, between letting go and taking care of our needs. Once again, the Middle Way acts as our guide, gently moving us forward on our path.

Because of your perfectionism, you keep putting off doing anything which leads to procrastination, after a while, you can't function, paralysis. The three Ps.

Forgiveness is something we do in our own hearts to relieve ourselves of the pain of resentment.

...the real value of the spiritual life isn't found in moments of great bliss but in the daily application of mindfulness and lovingkindness.

“I don't have power over what desires I have, but I do have power over what actions I take.” Noah Levine

Addiction is desire run rampant.

We don't let go because there is some rule that says we most; we let go because we see how our clinging is causing pain.