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Mindfulness and the 12 Steps: Living Recovery in the Present Moment Paperback – May 3, 2010
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--Kevin Griffin, author of One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps and A Burning Desire: Dharma God and the Path of Recovery
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Therese is a very good writer. Her personal struggles added so much to the experience. It is a gift for anyone who is interested in healing past wounds and deepening their understanding of themselves and their connection to others.
Many have complained that 12 step recovery programs are shame driven and while stating emphatically that they have no opinion on outside issues, find plenty of patronizing if not down-right disparaging things to say about non-Judeo-Christian-believers and scientists who contemplate the universe and the atom. I have long been disappointed with the idea which recurs throughout the 12 steps and the 12 traditions, that spirituality is contingent on believing in this personal relationship with a God of our understanding, which even Catholics will see as a Protestant idea, and that if you fail to get that you will suffer and die. It actually says it in Tradition 1, just to set the tone right from the get go. Some of us have had to make do with inanimate manifestations of the power of nature, or the fellowship, as a temporary higher power, faking it till we make it. Then I discovered Buddhism which not only states it has no opinions on outside metaphysical speculations one way or the other, but also replaces notions of shame and confession with the bigger sky of opportunity based on behavior modification, and an unending contemplation of loving-kindness and compassion not just to others, but to our own "character defects.Read more ›
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One of my wife's books on drug and alcohol recovery she read for research in her job.Published 2 months ago by gloine36
Loved this book! Many suggestions for deepening 12 Step understanding and practice, and linking 12 Step principles to Buddhist philosophy. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Camille
Very nice. it is a great help to the healing of my recovery clients.Published 6 months ago by dokkristen
Wonderful book, very well written and deeply satisfying, my friends and I are actually reading this book in a meditation group we have organized.Published 12 months ago by Jake to Bake