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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 16, 2008

Great talk on 'Restraint of tongue and pen" by Ajahn Munindo called 'Wise Forebearance'

Ajahn Munindo does a great 20 minute talk here on how to actually practice 'Restraint of tongue and pen" called Wise Forebearance. Great stuff!

Ajahn Munindo does a great 20 minute talk here on how to actually practice 'Restraint of tongue and pen" called Wise Forebearance. Great stuff!

Last 14mins very focused on how to do restraint.
(To stick it on your ipod, right click on the link and it prompts you to 'Download linked file as.." then save it on your desktop. Then itunes, then ipod. Done! )

"Nothing pays off like restraint of tongue and pen. We must avoid quick-tempered criticism and furious, power-driven argument. The same goes for sulking or silent scorn. These are emotional booby traps baited with pride and vengefulness. Our first job is to sidestep the traps. When we are tempted by the bait, we should train ourselves to step back and think. For we can neither think nor act to good purpose until the habit of self-restraint has become automatic."
Step 10. From 12 x 12

Amen!
I don't know about you but I am SERIOUSLY IMPRESED by restraint, and patient endurance. This is NOT to be confused with REPRESSION, which can more likely described as 'Bitter endurance' or unfeeling unawareness. Whatever, anyway, its not the same.
Right I better go. Have a nice Sunday!

PS. I also like Johno's 'Sellotape over the mouth" or ? 'Duct tape the mouth' phraseology to describe this thing. Funny! Though I cant find the post she used it in. oh well. Its good because it shows how HARD it is to do. That's why it impresses me!

6 comments:

Syd said...

I like the saying that I heard in a meeting--"Never miss an opportunity to keep your mouth shut."

johno said...

mmmm mm mm!

http://johnojohno.blogspot.com/2007/08/pre-mental-tension-caught-me-unawares.html

thanks for the itunes lesson :)

molly said...

i'm loving the talks he gives.. now the saying may need to say restraint of tongue and pen and EMAIL SEND BUTTON.. heehee

Miss Independent said...

Yah, this is exactly what I needed to hear today. The cellotape over the mouth thing is pretty funny too. :)

Steve E. said...

OMG! I found this stuff in GOOGLE IMAGES, of all places. Was looking up "Restraint of tongue, etc."

The one above also is impressive. Got to write to you about that "there is only one person really--everybody"

I have believed that for years, but don't know if I've EVER read it. Thank you, I don't know why you're not on my blog roll, unless you quit blogging. I'll find out tomorrow.

An Irish Friend of Bill said...

yeah google images is a weird one.. who knew? :)