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A Burning Desire: Dharma God and the Path of Recovery January 5, 2010

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 A Burning Desire is a gift for those who struggle with the Twelve Step program’s focus on the need to surrender to a Higher Power. Taking a radical departure from traditional views of God, Western or Eastern, author Kevin Griffin neither accepts Christian beliefs in a Supreme Being nor Buddhist non-theism, but rather forges a refreshing, sensible, and accessible Middle Way. Griffin shows how the Dharma, the teachings of the Buddha, can be understood as a Higher Power. Karma, mindfulness, impermanence, and the Eightfold Path itself are revealed as powerful forces that can be accessed through meditation and inquiry.

Drawing from his own experiences with substance abuse, rehabilitation, and recovery, Griffin looks at the various ways that meditation and spiritual practices helped deepen his experience of sobriety. His personal story of addiction is not only raw, honest and engrossing, but guides readers to an inquiry of their own spirituality. In doing so, he poses profound questions, including:

  • How can I understand God from a Buddhist perspective?
  • How can I “turn my will and my life over” as a Buddhist?
  • How can this idea of God “remove my shortcomings”?
  • How do I “improve my conscious contact” with this God?
  • How do I learn this God’s “will”?

 

About the Author

Kevin Griffin is the author of One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps, the breakthrough book that established him as a leader in the mindful recovery movement. Since its publication, Kevin has toured extensively, giving workshops and lectures at places as diverse as Harlem, the Colorado Rockies, and Hawaii. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, he teaches “Dharma and Recovery” at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. In addition, Kevin is co-founder and board member of the Buddhist Recovery Network an international organization that serves people in the recovery community through training, treatment, and research. He continues to offer workshops, lectures, and retreats around the country. For more information about him and his teaching schedule, see his website: www.kevingriffin.net.

 

Recovery Threads December 19, 2009

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We are in recovery, We are Recovery Threads™

Recovery Threads™ is dedicated to providing the highest quality T-shirts and clothing to the recovering community. All of our shirts are printed with the highest quality inks, multiple screens, and precision dryers. Each Recovery Threads™ T-shirt is constructed from premium 6.1 ounce, preshrunk, heavyweight 100% cotton. All T-shirts are fully taped shoulder to shoulder, and double needle hemmed for long-lasting durability.
We offer clothing with attitude and all of our items offer messages to other recovering people without breaking anonymity.
We currently employ a staff of artists, representing many different 12-step programs. It is this special mix that has produced the first designs in our product line which are currently enjoying a wildly popular reception among the recovering community throughout the nation! We recognize that the recovering community is ever-changing, yet MUST be strongly rooted in tradition. It is this philosophy that charged the formation of Recovery Threads™. We truly believe that recovering people are “not a glum lot” and we absolutely insist on having fun. This belief is strongly evident in all of our designs. We think you’ll agree!

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December Blog of the Month December 9, 2009

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Letters2Today

Messages from a gay man in recovery, to god

 

Recovery Comedy is Proud to Present Marshall Chiles October 20, 2009

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Marshall loves to perform stand-up comedy for recovering addicts. Of all the shows he has performed all over the world, his recovery comedy shows are his favorites.

Being in active addiction is such a ridiculous, illogical way of life, that the simple truths of addiction are comical in their own right. Marshall hopes to show other recovering addicts, especially the new comer, that there IS life after drugs and alcohol… a much better way of life.

Marshall is very humbled to be able to carry the message of recovery while performing stand-up comedy at conventions, rehab centers, conferences, half-way homes, and anywhere else addicts need a laugh. Most of his comedy show is not about being in a 12 step program, but they are from an addict’s perspective. He closes all his shows at comedy clubs with his 12 step jokes because a) it is some of his best material, and b) it helps carry the message of recovery.

Marshall’s comedy is considered edgy and smart while not being offensive. He pushes the envelope while not being divisive and he can walk this line because his comedy comes from a place of love. Sure, he knows that sounds corny, but it is how he can say some of the things he says and make people laugh instead of walking out of the show.

Recovery Comedy ~ One Laugh at a Time

 

The Sober Biker October 18, 2009

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The whole idea for this site is to help get clean and sober people together, find and make new friends that are also clean and sober but still enjoy going on rides with some down home folks, going to a biker event, listening to bands and just plain want to be them self. When Topper and I go to these events and rides it seems like we’re the only ones not drinking. We have just as much fun and do some crazy shit too but, when we’re pulled over or when we wake up, we don’t have all those head aches that those high folks do. We do not endorse any one recovery program or religion. ALL are welcome here for fellowship and participating in each others recovery. This site is also for people that may be thinking they have a “problem” or just don’t want to hang around and ride with a bunch of drunken high knuckle heads. I believe that everyone’s paths cross for a reason and I certainly do not want to get in the way.

JOIN THE SOBER BIKER COMMUNITY

 

The Yoga Of Recovery September 23, 2009

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Yoga of Recovery (YOR) is a retreat integrating the wisdom of Yoga and Ayurveda with the tools of 12-Step Recovery.  It is open to all who are looking to overcome self-destructive or addictive tendencies. 

For those familiar with any 12-Step Program, the most remarkable aspect of these is the fact that only the first of the twelve steps makes any mention of the addictive substance or act.  Sobriety/abstinence is described as a “daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition”.  Our opportunity for genuine spiritual fulfillment is strengthened when we weave together the ancient wisdom of Yoga and Ayurveda with the practical tools of recovery programs.  Together they offer us a truly empowering personal program of recovery.   12-Step Programs also recommend an “occasional retreat from the outside world where we can quiet down for an undisturbed day or so of self-overhaul and meditation”.  Yoga of Recovery offers retreats in beautiful, peaceful locations where you can relax, recover, and rejuvenate.

READ MORE….

http://www.yogaofrecovery.com/

 

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