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One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps Paperback – June 9, 2004
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“In a wise, honest and personal way, Kevin Griffin has written a book that will be truly helpful to Buddhist practitioners and the Twelve Step community alike.” ―Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart, psychotherapist, and co-founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
“A Buddhist goes through the Twelve Steps to find God within. A book of compassion and grace.” ―Ondrea and Stephen Levine, authors of One Year to Live and Embracing the Beloved.
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First, by writing with honesty, courage and humor about his own difficult path in life - Mr. Griffin creates a connection with the reader that goes way beyond the 'conceptual' focus of many books on the subject. Yet at the same time, it never devolves into a confessional. It's still a book that teaches, not rants. It's full of excellent practical advice, insight, and some very useful exercises. But it teaches from an unusually personal and vulnerable place.
It's other great strength is Mr. Griffin's ability to make difficult and exotic concepts accessible. Although I've read a lot, attended retreats, etc., there are some ideas - for example 'no-self' - that always have been too foreign and 'other-worldly' for me to really connect to emotionally. At best I'd get a vague intellectual understanding of what was being discussed. But this book made many of these ideas simple and clear. Quite a few times, while reading it, I found myself going 'oh THAT'S what they've all been talking about.'
Unlike many of our best and most revered Buddhist teachers, Mr. Griffin hasn't spent years living in Asia. He's slogged through life in Western society, and has had to find his peace and insights while simultaneously dealing with the same day-to-day problems of career, love, marriage, parenthood, etc. as the rest of us. To me that relieves his work of a subtle disconnect I sometimes feel with other Buddhist writers and teachers. There's no sense of: 'yes, they can be calm and happy - they spent 5 years in a rainforest.Read more ›
This book is about Mr. Griffin's personal path to addiction recovery and how integrating Buddhism and the twelve steps allowed him to become at peace with himself. He explains Buddhist meditation and the Buddhist eight-fold path as it parallels the twelve step path. While the twelve step program allows for a lot of flexibility in terms of the "Higher Power" you reach out to, many groups have a Christian focus. Kevin Griffin provides an alternative for those who are uncomfortable with a Christian focus but want to overcome alcoholism and co-dependency. "One Breath at a Time" is a deeply personal story of one man's journey and he invites you to travel his path from realization that he had a problem to freedom and shares how you can take the same path.
There are many who find the 12 Steps' notion of "a Higher Power" to be a huge obstacle when trying to adopt that successful program as a means of battling their addictions. This book can help you achieve a personal defintion of "a Higher Power" that is independent of the notion of a "supreme being," yet is believable, humbling, and empowering at the same time.
I recommend this book for anyone who struggles with alcoholism--or knows someone with that struggle--and especially those who struggle with the notion of creating a personal meaning for the "Higher Power" that is so pervasive in the 12 Steps.
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I'm a clinician who is also in recovery. I was successful despite the fact that I do not connect with traditional AA, and I'm always looking for creative ways to get my clients... Read morePublished 14 days ago by J. Lawrence
I enjoyed reading this book. It provided me with others points of view to consider. It blends well with the12 step programs.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was searching for a book to help me understand more clearly what I was discovering on my journey with the 12 steps and Buddhism. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ed G
We read it in our Recovery group. Most of them liked it a lot, but I was not as enthusiastic. Very useful, especially if you also are working the 12 steps, and full of heart, being... Read morePublished 6 months ago by M. Polivka