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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.

Friday, August 21, 2009

When everything is going wrong

There is so much drama accompanying this recession. Work, health. You name it.

I was listening to this talk called Fearless Mountain on the way home yesterday, and it is PERFECT for these recession-hit times. Amaro talks about how to accept when things fall apart, go completely wrong. He explains it so well, I really 'got it' about how the 'imperfect' IS 'perfect' just as it is. Was very refreshing. So I just thought I would mention it.
Have to head off to work, so have yourselves a ! fabulous day, even if it is riddled with events that fall short of your expectations.
Perhaps I have very low expectations?, or I have high levels of acceptance?. Either way, i tend to take all the chaos with a pinch of salt. But then I have newcomers to thank for that, as they bestow the gift of perspective (!) on my predisposition toward negativity. Gawd knows. All I know is that I find it all a bit of a laugh. Could be the running, newcomers, Amaro or service. i don't know. but it is a great privilege to feel good when so many others at work are suffering with various insecurities. Bless em.
Right I'm off.

Fearless Mountain
June 6th, 2006
Ajahn Amaro

PS. Even better! ..my wizard new diet software tells me I am a half stone lighter, so I am very happy with my ? 20 dollar investment :)


One Prayer Girl said...

I appreciate this post.

You write - very low expectations? or high levels of acceptance? I'll take both.

I try to refer to them as reasonable expectations rather than low, but point is not unrealistically unattainable. And acceptance is the answer to all of my problems today. (That sounds familiar I'm sure.)

I try to stay aware, accept, then determine if action is needed or not.

I just got up, this comment is way too long - must be the big dose of caffeine I'm consuming.:)


Syd said...

I too have that time now that I am feeling good. I'm savoring it. Thanks for the Fearless Mountain link.

Unknown said...

Great link, thank you! I will have to check out more...I find that having low expectations and high self acceptance and acceptance of life in general...taht always helps...thank you for the elegant reminder.

brokensaint said...

I also appreciate your post. It's always nice to hear about others' journeys.