Category: Empower Me

The 12 Step Buddhist Talks about Compassionate Recovery

  By Darren Littlejohn This is just a little bit of background about what brought me to the notion of a new paradigm for recovery. While my experiences may make it appear that I’m discompassionate to existing frameworks, that’s not the case. I’ve always been a proponent of a “whatever works” philosophy. The truth is that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for anything in life. After more than 30 years in AA, NA, Alanon, ACA and running The 12-Step Buddhist groups and retreats for more than five years, I came to the awareness that there needs to be a...

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Killing an Ant Crawling in the Sink

  By Carmelene Meanie Siani “The First Precept: Aware of the suffering caused by the destruction of life, I undertake to cultivate compassion and learn ways to protect the lives of people, animals, plants, and minerals. I am determined not to kill, not to let others kill, and not to condone any act of killing in the world, in my thinking, and in my way of life.” ~ Hanh When I brushed my teeth this morning I saw a lonely little ant crawling around in the sink all by itself. My inclination was to take a handful of water...

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How to be Happy When Life Sucks

By Leo Babauta Sometimes life throws you into a miserable situation, and it can seem pretty dark. Here are just a few examples of unhappy situations: You lost a loved one You received bad news Your finances are messed up You’re having a bad day at work Your partner is mad at you or has broken up with you You’re sick or really tired You’re in pain Someone has hurt you emotionally These are terrible, and it’s normal to be pretty unhappy when things like this happen. You might wonder why life sucks so hard. Why can’t things be...

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How to Do One Thing at a Time in a Society of Multi-tasking

  By Leo Babauta There’s a Japanese term, “ichigyo-zammai,” that basically means full concentration on a single act. Sunryu Suzuki described this practice in his book, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, and said this practice of being fully in the moment with the activity is enlightened activity. “So instead of having some object of worship, we just concentrate on the activity which we do in each moment,” Suzuki Roshi wrote. “When you bow, you should just bow; when you sit, you should just sit; when you eat, you should just eat.” He said when we just do that one activity,...

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Consumption Conundrum: Looking Beyond Ourselves for the Planet

  By Alison Page We are leaving the period of time known at the Holocene Epoch. The Holocene epoch is the time that humans have inhabited the earth and the beginning of agriculture. Since the climate has been stable throughout the Holocene Epoch, humans have been able to survive with relative ease on the planet. It is being speculated that because of the massive increase in consumption, pollution, and population growth since the Industrial Revolution, human activity has officially ended the relative stability of the Holocene Epoch. Scientists are calling this new age the Athropocene. From the Smithsonian Magazine...

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