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One Breath, Twelve Steps

One Breath, Twelve Steps

A Buddhist Path to Recovery from Addiction

Millions of recovering addicts have been helped by the Twelve-Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous, but many find themselves unable to relate to some of the language and religious tone of the Steps. Now Kevin Griffin offers a new approach to the Steps informed by Buddhist wisdom and time-honored meditation practices. Discover universally accessible ways to relate to the idea of a “higher power,” how to use mindfulness to enhance the power of the Steps, and much more.

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Course objectives:

  • Compare the Twelve Steps and the Four Noble Truths—parallels and shared insights from two paths to liberation
  • Utilize mindfulness practice—an essential tool for facing the moment-by-moment challenges of addiction
  • Identify your “higher power”—how the practice of mindfulness itself can serve as the focus of your faith
  • Explain how to understand karma—why the Buddha’s teachings on cause and effect are especially meaningful to addicts
  • Discuss how “urning our will and our lives over” can serve as a call to remain steadfast in our meditation practice
  • Describe using the spirit of rigorous honesty from the Twelve Steps to fuel our spiritual growth
  • Observe insights for using your personal inventory, forgiveness, and humility in self-empowering ways
  • Utilize six sessions of mindfulness practices, Buddhist wisdom, and powerful reflections on the Twelve-Step path to recovery from expert teacher Kevin Griffin

Millions of recovering addicts have been helped by the traditional 12-Step Program of Alcoholics Anonymous, but many find themselves unable to relate to some of the language and religious tone of the Steps. Kevin Griffin offers an alternative—a new approach to the 12-Step Program based on Buddhist teachings and time-honored meditation practices. In this six-session audio course, Griffin shares personal insights from his own struggle with addiction and offers guided meditation practices to support each step of the recovery process. Listeners will discover universally accessible ways to relate to the idea of a Higher Power, how the wisdom from the Four Noble Truths and the concept of karma can be applied to AA’s life review, and much more.

Highlights

  • The Twelve Steps and the Four Noble Truths—parallels and shared insights from two paths to liberation
  • Mindfulness practice—an essential tool for facing the moment-by-moment challenges of addiction
  • Your “higher power”—how the practice of mindfulness itself can serve as the focus of your faith
  • Understanding karma—why the Buddha’s teachings on cause and effect are especially meaningful to addicts
  • How “turning our will and our lives over” can serve as a call to remain steadfast in our meditation practice
  • Using the spirit of rigorous honesty from the Twelve Steps to fuel our spiritual growth
  • Insights for using your personal inventory, forgiveness, and humility in self-empowering ways
  • Six sessions of mindfulness practices, Buddhist wisdom, and powerful reflections on the Twelve-Step path to recovery from expert teacher Kevin Griffin

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Keen but graspable and usable insights

A primary allure of Buddhist teachings for me has been the practicality, the way that they counsel specific actions and intentions that are quite easy to see, at least intuitively, as likely leading to a more peaceful existence. Having been raised in a dogmatic religious tradition, I eventually grew to need more, and to value experience over blind faith. This presentation confirms what many of us know of the 12 steps -- that they would well serve anyone, chemically dependent or not. As the author notes, the Buddhist precepts would do likewise, even if only one of them were followed (preferably the fifth, abstaining from intoxicants, because missing the boat on that precept so easily leads to "violation" of others, through lying, stealing, and sexual misconduct.) The way the author deals with "belief" and "God" greatly lends itself to a practice that can be usefully implemented in our daily lives, without stridently leaping off the precipice into nihilism or atheism. As taught here, we can have faith that abiding the Eightfold Path will lead to less suffering and greater peace. We can turn our will and our lives over to that pragmatic faith. Weaving together the 12 steps and the basic Buddhist teachings provides a rich resource for better understanding both and, importantly, for realizing their value in our lives. We need to move beyond understanding, to realization. This book helps.

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A great inspiration and guide!

Highly recommended

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CD

Contents 6 CDs (6 hours, 48 minutes)
Dimensions 6 7/8 x 6 5/8 inches
Product Code AF04304D

Audio Download

Contents 1 Audio download (6 hours, 48 minutes)
Filetypes M4A, M4B, MP3, ZIP, PDF
Product Code AF04304W

CE Credits

Contents 7 CE Credits
Product Code CE04833