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My 'Doh! Moment

Posted by partlycloudy on December 7, 2004, at 17:35:05

Not to be confused with Oprah's "Ah-Ha!" Moment.
This post encompasses several boards, but I choose to post it here because it's my favourite :)
So: I'm trying to figure out all this Higher Power stuff in aa and struggling like so many do. I made a mistake in posting on another board here while I was trying to figure it out, felt a bit awkward and intimidated (no one's fault but my own, as usual), and then regrouped myself. Harder to do than it sounds.
So: I'm thinking, gee, I try to meditate and I'm not really getting anywhere but slightly less anxious sometimes. My old (*sob!*) therapist was encouraging me to join a meditation group that meets once a week and since it meets in a church I told myself it gave me the heebie jeebies. If you ever want to get talked out of anything, just babblemail me, OK? I didn't go to a meditation group because it meets in a church. Great rationale.
And I'm thinking, my brain is hurting I'm thinking so hard, let's see, who meditates? Who can I tag along with for meditation lessons? Is the Dyslexic Dog really in my navel or am I spinning my wheels here? And, eureka! Buddhists meditate like, all the time, right?
So: I google (doesn't that make the world's best verb of this decade?) Buddhism and find a site and I start to read and s-l-o-w-l-y it dawns on me that I've been doing it all bass akwards. Try to find Dog with one part of me so I can give in to that higher power, and trying to meditate and find peace with another part of me. Those things aren't connected, as far as I knew. One has to do with me finding or defining my faith, the other has to do with being able to stop the spinning of my thoughts and the anxiety I feel. I do a bit more reading, look up local groups of Buddhist groups and guess what I find?
The only local listing is the meditation group that meets in the church that I don't want to go to.
This kind of stuff gets me all excited and enthusiastic. I just go ga-ga over coincidences, because there are no such things.

Anyways, I was so happy to figure out the riddle of my life and pursuit of happiness that I just had to share.


Re: My 'Doh! Moment

Posted by smokeymadison on December 7, 2004, at 20:22:36

In reply to My 'Doh! Moment, posted by partlycloudy on December 7, 2004, at 17:35:05

okay, so, ahhh, let me think here...
if you don't want to mediate in a church try looking up something on Transcendental (did i spell that right???) Meditation. they have groups that meet all over the US and maybe other places. in this form of meditation you receive a mantra (a sound) to focus on in your head and it makes the whole thing much easier.

maybe that wasn't the point of your post, however.

just thought i would try to be of help :)


Re: My 'Doh! Moment

Posted by partlycloudy on December 8, 2004, at 4:23:38

In reply to Re: My 'Doh! Moment, posted by smokeymadison on December 7, 2004, at 20:22:36

thank you?


Re: My 'Doh! Moment partlycloudy

Posted by AuntieMel on December 8, 2004, at 9:41:42

In reply to My 'Doh! Moment, posted by partlycloudy on December 7, 2004, at 17:35:05

So, is this an example of "what comes around..."

Right. I have real problems with the "higher power" bits myself as I don't believe in one. One girl in a group I go to says it can be anything - even a doorknob. The point is to take it off yourself.

So, I decided my "higher power" was a jade fish necklaceI bought in China. When things would get overpowering I would hold the fish and feel the cool stone. It seemed to work.

The 'Doh' moment - sort of? My neighbor (she's into all the new-agey stuff, yoga has tofurkey for thanksgiving, etc) saw the fish one day. She started going into different stones and how they are good for different parts of the body.

What's jade good for? The liver!!


Re: My 'Doh! Moment AuntieMel

Posted by partlycloudy on December 8, 2004, at 13:42:33

In reply to Re: My 'Doh! Moment partlycloudy, posted by AuntieMel on December 8, 2004, at 9:41:42

See what I mean? Way cool.

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