I was listening to the talk about 'Conscious Contentment' by Ajahn Munindo this morning and it touched on LOADS of stuff that AA's struggle with such as:
Learning to be content with how things are instead of how we think they 'ought' to be.
I think what he might call 'contentment' AA's would call Acceptance.
It amounts to the same thing really. Just being comfortable with LIFE ON LIFE'S TERMS.
Anyway I particularly liked the UN NEUROTIC way he speaks about his failings and area where he needs to improve. He's a nice bloke.
Anyway, I've posted this Dharma Talk link on the right hand side under 'positive resources'.
I'm not crazy about ALL the monks, but this one I like. I've only spoken to him once. They are all pretty unusual in some way or other, but I just like this guy's approach. He's very ORDINARY or something. Who knows, but I just like him.
By the way. He is the Abbot at Harnham Monastery in case you are interested. Pretty easy to get to! (if you live in the London area)
- An Irish Friend of Bill
- I have recovered from the disease of Alcoholism. I believe there is only one person really,.. everybody. And that peace of mind is everything. -So treat your neighbor as you would treat yourself, because your neighbor IS yourself. I think most of recovery is what I would call common sense, but that learning to be ordinary is a true gift very few people acquire. My ambition is to accept everything unflinchingly, with compassion, and therefore be intrinsically comfortable in my own skin, no matter what. I am comfortable being uncomfortable and am willing to go to any lengths to improve my life. I believe the Big Book was divinely inspired, and is extraordinarily powerful. Unfortunately AA's best kept secret a lot of the time. (In my opinion). I just try to do what works, no matter what it is.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Dharma Talk Link: Acceptance by Ajahn Munindo
Posted by An Irish Friend of Bill
Labels: Acceptance, Buddhism, Step 11
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thanks Irish... "Learning to be content with how things are instead of how we think they 'ought' to be" was one of my most valued lessons in recovery. Took me quite a bit too. :)
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