Posted by LlurpsieNoodle on August 7, 2007, at 9:05:58
In reply to Re: Confessions of an English Opiate Eater » LlurpsieNoodle, posted by Quintal on August 6, 2007, at 23:10:21
Wow Q that's quite a list. that would last me a year, and no doubt that all of the wisdom would slowly leach out of my head. sometimes that's a good thing though. the specific stories fail me, but their teachings stay.
I have found (with my limited attn span) a series of podcasts that are helpful with dealing with inadequacy, stress, fear and uncertainty. The best speaker is Gil Fronsdal, (sp?) and he is a very learned and enlightened Westerner who has studied and practiced buddhism for many years. He approaches the topics with a sense of levity and hope and gives real examples for ways to put the dhamma (teachings) into everyday practice.
Buddhism has often been called the original psychology, as the focus is on the individual and his path, his ongoing transformation towards enlightenment. With the support of the Sangha (the spiritual community) and the Dhamma (the sacred teachings) and mindfulness cultivated through meditation and chanting, there is a lot of growth possible.
I listen to them en route, or when I'm cleaning my dishes or something like that. sometimes I even listen to them on my computer and transcribe little relevant bits.
I am worried about you, and I care about you, so take good care of yourself. I know that there are alternative coping mechanisms to medication, and I'm happy that you're seeking them out. That positive energy will take you far.
safe cyber hugs,