12 Steps

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“Re-Imaging” the 12 Steps

The Habitual Buddhist proposes a “re-imagining”  of the 12 steps.  Much as Hollywood re-imagines characters and storylines to reboot wanning franchises, we will attempt a non-theisitc re-imaging of the 12 steps with the goals of deepening our understang of the truths reflected therein, and enriching our understanding of the Buddhist path. The Habitual Buddhist invites … Continue reading

Recovery is NOT a Drug!

Solemnity is often the appropriate attitude It is far from uncommon to hear a person in recovery talk about how great working on a step, or especially completing a step, makes one feel.  Or, if not a step per se, how doing some aspect of the 12 step program makes them feel great.  One will hear, … Continue reading

An Honest Balance

Avoid the denial of your own ordinariness! Anyone who struggled with the excesses of an addiction knows that the path to a life of balance is long and hard.  One moves from active addiction, through the torment of very early mental and physical withdraw.  One faces the frustration, or anger, or sadness, or terror, or… … Continue reading

Powerlessness (Re)Considered

A Buddhist/recovery blog that I frequent recently posted a  piece describing the idea of powerlessness in recovery (http://theeasiersofterway.com/?p=118). An insightful article, it has inspired to (re)consider the idea of powerlessness in my own life, and my own recovery.  (Please note, the following ideas are mine, not his.) Within the 12 Step recovery movement the admission that one … Continue reading

A God of Who’s Understanding?!?!?

How a seemingly innocent wording change undermines the point of having a Higher Power. In at least half of the 12-step meetings I attend at some point I hear some say something about “the God of my understanding” or “the Higher Power of my understanding.”  Non-theists in general and Buddhist non-theists in particular often want to … Continue reading