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In this podcast, we discuss mystical works of literature, primarily Taoist text, and how they relate to alcohol recovery. Taoist Philosophy can be an excellent tool for embracing the idea of a “Higher Power.” Nature offers all of the examples necessary for a concept of a source of all life, much different but yet very similar in many ways to more traditional religious thinking. Here is a link to an online version of the Tao Te Ching; https://ttc.tasuki.org/display:Year:1972,1988,1996,2004/se ...
 
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“He who gives himself to this path is like a block of wood that gives itself to the chisel — Cut by cut it is honed to perfection. Only a student who gives himself can receive the masters’s gift.” TTC Verse 27, Jonathan Star Nightly 9 pm eastern Zoom AA Meeting www.ZoomAAMeetings.com Tuesday 9 pm eastern and Thursday 4 pm eastern Tao AA Meetings ww…
 
A good discussion of verse 26 of the Tao Te Ching from a Zen perspective with Sensei Elliston. “The inner is the foundation of the outer. The still is master of the restless. The Sage travels all day yet never leaves his inner treasure. Though the views are captivating and beg attention, he remains calm and uninvolved. Tell me, does the lord of a g…
 
A good discussion of verse 25 of the Tao Te Ching from a Zen perspective with Sensei Elliston. “It is serene. Empty. Solitary. Unchanging. Infinite. Eternally present. It is the mother of the universe. For lack of a better name, I call it the Tao.” TTC Verse 25, Stephen Mitchell Nightly 9 pm eastern Zoom AA Meeting www.ZoomAAMeetings.com Tuesday 9 …
 
You can access all meetings at www.TaoAAMeeting.com. This is a new link for all meetings. Other than the first Thursday of the month, we are forgoing recording for the moment. We also have a new unrecorded Tao AA Meeting every Tuesday at 9pm Eastern at the same link. Don't forget to use the resources mentioned below for tools to stay sober any time…
 
If you want to possess something, you must first give it away. — Tao Te Ching, J. H. McDonald, Verse 36 Don't forget to use the resources mentioned below for tools to stay sober any time during the year. You can find a much longer list of resources at https://buddyc.org/recovery-resources/ 30 Tools to Stay Sober; https://buddyc.org/wp-content/uploa…
 
A good discussion of verse 24 of the Tao Te Ching from a Zen perspective with Sensei Elliston. “He who tries to shine dims his own light.” TTC Verse 24, Stephen Mitchell Don’t forget to use the resources mentioned below for tools to stay sober any time during the year. You can find a much longer list of resources at https://buddyc.org/recovery-reso…
 
Today we finished our discussion of The Work by Byron Katie. We discussed her questions and answers on page 35 of the handout (link below to download) and her Katieisms. These quotes from her teachings demonstrate how "The Work" functions in everyday life. Link to Download Byron Katie's Workbook; https://thework.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Engli…
 
Today we continued our discussion of the work of Byron Katie. We used examples to better understand how to turn our frustration around and see our part. Lots of tools to use in working steps 4 – 9. Next week we will finish with Katie's Q and A starting on page 35 of the PDF below. Link to Download Byron Katie's Workbook; https://thework.com/wp-cont…
 
Today we continued our discussion of the work of Byron Katie. A good discussion of how compromise in one area of life affects all of life. Link to Download Byron Katie’s Workbook; https://thework.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/English_LB.pdf Don't forget to use the resources mentioned below for tools to stay sober any time during the year. You can …
 
Today we started discussing the work of Byron Katie. Lots of acceptance and laying the groundwork for next week when we get into more of the meat of her message. We also discussed how our thoughts are not us and that we should take our thoughts personally. Another view of the acceptance of what is. Link to Download Byron Katie’s Workbook; https://t…
 
A good discussion of verse 23 of the Tao Te Ching from a Zen perspective with Sensei Elliston. “Open yourself to the Tao, then trust your natural responses; and everything will fall into place.” TTC Verse 23, Stephen Mitchell Don’t forget to use the resources mentioned below for tools to stay sober any time during the year. You can find a much long…
 
…to perceive things without being blinded and to respond echolike without minding — Thomas Cleary, Wen-Tzu, Verse 8 Don't forget to use the resources mentioned below for tools to stay sober any time during the year. You can find a much longer list of resources at https://buddyc.org/recovery-resources/ 30 Tools to Stay Sober Before, During, and Afte…
 
When people lose their essential nature by following desires, their actions are never correct. To govern a nation in that way results in chaos; to govern oneself in that way results in defilement. Therefore those who do not hear the Way have no means of returning to their essential nature. Those who do not understand things cannot be clear and calm…
 
A good discussion of verse 22 of the Tao Te Ching from a Zen perspective with Sensei Elliston. “If you want to be given everything, give everything up”. TTC Verse 22 Don’t forget to use the resources mentioned below for tools to stay sober any time during the year. You can find a much longer list of resources at https://buddyc.org/recovery-resource…
 
Sages do not replace the celestial with the human. Outwardly they evolve along with things, yet inwardly they do not lose their true state. So those who realize the Way return to clear tranquility. Those who find out about things end up without contrivance. They nurture the intelligence by calmness, unify the spirit by abstraction, and take to the …
 
Do we make progress spiritually by reading more books and learning more? Is our intellectual knowledge helpful? What does verse 5 mean when it says, "let your body be like a withered tree and your mind like dead ashes"? We discuss these questions and more in this week’s podcast. Don't forget to use the resources mentioned below for tools to stay so…
 
Today we discussed the fourth verse of the Wen-Tzu. We also discussed verses 13 and 80 of the Tao Te Ching, among others. A lot of discussion about looking within and learning to observe through stillness. As with all truth, the path always returns to oneself. Don't forget to use the resources mentioned below for tools to stay sober any time during…
 
A good discussion of verse 21 of the Tao Te Ching from a Zen perspective with Sensei Elliston. We discussed, among other things, enlightenment, being in the moment, and the role meditation can play in the spiritual awakening process. Don’t forget to use the resources mentioned below for tools to stay sober any time during the year. You can find a m…
 
Today we discussed the third verse of the Wen-Tzu. We also discussed verses 21 and 39 of the Tao Te Ching. A lot of discussion of "How to" today means a lot of discussion about Acceptance. We also discussed how we could look at others' beliefs as if we were all speaking our own language, not right or wrong, not superior or inferior. Don't forget to…
 
Today we discussed the second verse of the Wen-Tzu, which compliments several verses of the Tao Te Ching. We discussed verses 48, 81, and several more. A good discussion today! The Sage's work is to "lay to rest their learned opinions." Don't forget to use the resources mentioned below for tools to stay sober any time during the year. You can find …
 
Today we discussed the first verse of the Wen-Tzu, which works very well with the first verse of the Tao Te Ching. A good discussion of how we see God, acceptance, providence, and how Love works in our life. Don’t forget to use the resources mentioned below for tools to stay sober any time during the year. You can find a much longer list of resourc…
 
Today we started Thomas Cleary’s 1991 translation of Wen-Tzu. According to the introduction, this is the first translation of this text into English. We covered all the pre-chapter material and will start on the first verse next week. A good conversation about the origins of the Wen-Tzu plus some of the basic teachings of Taoist thought; lots of ac…
 
How much of a role does unnecessary fear play in your life? A good conversation today with Sensei. Don’t forget to use the resources mentioned below for tools to stay sober any time during the year. You can find a much longer list of resources at https://buddyc.org/recovery-resources/ 30 Tools to Stay Sober Before, During, and After the Holidays; h…
 
Today we finished Thomas Merton’s book discussing the writings of Chuang Tzu. Our discussion brought out a great conversation that was totally unexpected; issues with pride and ego parallel venturing out of the shade and trying to outrun our shadow. Don’t forget to use the resources mentioned below for tools to stay sober any time during the year. …
 
Verse 73 of the Tao Te Ching reminds me that nothing escapes the net of Love! A fun recovery discussion of the thread of Love that is sewn into everything. Don’t forget to use the resources mentioned below for tools to stay sober any time during the year. You can find a much longer list of resources at https://buddyc.org/recovery-resources/ 30 Tool…
 
There was a great discussion today about grasping the ideas presented by the words rather than focusing on the words themselves. Do we focus on the finger rather than the moon that the finger is pointing at? Is it the surrender gained through our suffering that causes our insights? Don’t forget to use the resources mentioned below for tools to stay…
 
We have many substitutes for letting go, each with a greater degree of self-effort. Don’t forget to use the resources mentioned below for tools to stay sober any time during the year. You can find a much longer list of resources at https://buddyc.org/recovery-resources/ 30 Tools to Stay Sober Before, During, and After the Holidays; https://buddyc.o…
 
A good discussion about the need to allow gratitude to bring us out of difficult situations: we also discussed the role fear plays in our life and if fear is necessary with differing opinions. Don’t forget to use the resources mentioned below for tools to stay sober any time during the year. You can find a much longer list of resources at https://b…
 
Verse 74 reminds us that expectations of the future will harm us. When we live in fear of the future, we cause harm to our lives and those around us. The “God” Word Pamphlet - https://www.aa.org/sites/default/files/literature/assets/p-86_theGodWord.pdf Don’t forget to use the resources mentioned below for tools to stay sober any time during the yea…
 
Describing a strawberry does not compare to tasting a strawberry. The Tao cannot be mentally understood; the Tao can only be experienced! Thanks everyone for an excellent discussion! Don’t forget to use the resources mentioned below for tools to stay sober any time during the year. You can find a much longer list of resources at https://buddyc.org/…
 
Verse 18 describes the spiral downward when we take back control in any area of life. Don’t forget to use the resources mentioned below for tools to stay sober any time during the year. You can find a much longer list of resources at https://buddyc.org/recovery-resources/ 30 Tools to Stay Sober Before, During, and After the Holidays; https://buddyc…
 
This story reminds us of how playing God does not work; We either demand too much or provide too much. Whenever we look to our understanding for the solution, we are looking in the wrong direction. The solutions for each of us come from within. Don’t forget to use the resources mentioned below for tools to stay sober any time during the year. You c…
 
What a great meeting! We have several possible names for this episode; Flight from the Moment, God is NOW, The Behaviors that take us out of the Moment, Aspects of Unacceptance, Acceptance is the Answer, etc. Regardless of how this episode is framed, it spoke to many group members. Don’t forget to use the resources mentioned below for tools to stay…
 
Excellent discussion! This verse gives us instructions on how to discern life and death in everyday situations. The challenge is not only to remain flexible when life is difficult but also to allow flexibility in success. Don’t forget to use the resources mentioned below for tools to stay sober any time during the year. You can find a much longer l…
 
Today I find it's the best thing that has ever happened to me. This proves I don't know what's good for me. And if I don't know what's good for me, then I don't know what's good or bad for you or for anyone. So I'm better off if I don't give advice, don't figure I know what's best, and just accept life on life's terms, as it is today-especially my …
 
How does the master act? He takes the next righting action – not right action (vs. the wrong action). The next action that balances like righting a ship. Thank you, Sensei, for that nugget! We also discussed instead of having faith and believing our way into righting actions, our actions of love balance our beliefs. Don’t forget to use the resource…
 
How do we use our talents without stressing over our job performance? How far can our talents take us? Do we have access to anything more than our talents? What is our part? How do we live life from a place of love and acceptance rather than from fear? These are some of the questions discussed today in the podcast. Don’t forget to use the resources…
 
How do we use our experience, rather than excessive effort, to draw in our extremes and prepare us to serve? Is this process similar to drawing a bow? We also discussed the names we give our Higher Power and how so much of our religious thinking is attached to the word, God. The “God” Word Pamphlet - https://www.aa.org/sites/default/files/literatur…
 
The peace I am looking for is always found within – never in my successes or selfish deeds that I disguise as altruistic. We also discussed the difference in Alanon between the desire to fix others and genuine loving kindness. Don’t forget to use the resources mentioned below for tools to stay sober any time during the year. You can find a much lon…
 
One of our best discussions ever concerning several topics relating to working the program without a traditional God belief! Who do we surrender to? What is acceptance? Does acceptance mean I approve of the situation? How are our character defects removed in steps 6 & 7 if God is not removing them? Don’t forget to use the resources mentioned below …
 
Our spiral from spiritual fitness to thinking a drink would be a good idea can be very subtle. This story demonstrates the spiral. For me, if there is something in my life that I start to control that I should be surrendering, I will lose my peace. If I remain in that state of peacelessness long enough (step 2), I start having outward unmanageabili…
 
Verse 78 of the Tao Te Ching is all about the characteristics of water. We discuss how water is our example of acceptance in all life interactions. 30 Tools to Stay Sober: https://buddyc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/30-Tools-to-Stay-Sober120921.pdf Info on the new book, Powerless But Not Helpless, the free daily Tao Recovery Email, Sensei Ellisto…
 
Being governed from within is one way to describe the purpose of all spiritual practices. How do we recognize our inner, intuitive knowing? What are the warning signs that we are looking outward again? How has recovery helped us with this process? Don’t forget to use the resources mentioned below for tools to stay sober any time during the year. Yo…
 
Good discussion on stillness and meditation too! Don’t forget to use the resources mentioned below for tools to stay sober any time during the year. You can find a much longer list of resources at https://buddyc.org/recovery-resources/ 30 Tools to Stay Sober Before, During, and After the Holidays; https://buddyc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/30-To…
 
Excellent conversation! What does Taoist Literature say about new years resolutions? Is it ok to make plans? Can I set goals and still follow the Tao? Don’t forget to use the resources below for tools to stay sober, not only during the holidays but at any time throughout the year. You can find a much longer list of resources at https://buddyc.org/r…
 
We believe this story is all about how we protect ourselves from losing our peace and joy. Don’t forget to use the resources mentioned below for tools to stay sober, not only during the holidays but at any time during the year. You can find a much longer list of resources at https://buddyc.org/recovery-resources/ 30 Tools to Stay Sober Before, Duri…
 
An excellent discussion of how to mend family relationships. Someone has to be vulnerable and reach out in kindness to mend relationships. Each attendee brought an example of working with relatives in difficult situations and how to apply what they have learned in recovery. 30 Tools to Stay Sober Before, During, and After the Holidays; https://budd…
 
Is sobriety like everything else? Get educated, work hard, and if you don’t get it at first, double down and work even harder? Or is sobriety the opposite? Instead, are we to place our effort in helping others as a way of helping ourselves. Is sobriety all about unlearning? About forgetting what I think I know? 30 Tools to Stay Sober Before, During…
 
Recovery, similar to the path of virtue, can only be described. Words cannot explain the power of love; love must be experienced. Shareable link to download 23 Ways to Stay Sober During the Holidays; https://buddyc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/23-Tools-to-Stay-Sober111921.pdf Info on the new book, Powerless But Not Helpless, the free daily Tao Re…
 
In this episode, we discussed the tools we use to enjoy the holidays sober. For many, this is the first holiday season sober. Can we go to functions? How do we deal with the contrary family member that always pushes our buttons? This was an excellent discussion! Some of the tools discussed; Attend as many AA meetings as possible AND participate. Ge…
 
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