non-theist 12 steps
a friend sent this to me a few days or so ago and i just got the chance to look at it.
i like it, so i’m going to share. 🙂
A Buddhist’s Non-Theist 12 Steps
- We admitted our addictive craving over alcohol, and recognized its consequences in our lives.
- Came to believe that a power other than self could restore us to wholeness.
- Made a decision to go for refuge to this other power as we understood it.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Admitted to ourselves and another human being the exact moral nature of our past.
- Became entirely ready to work at transforming ourselves.
- With the assistance of others and our own firm resolve, we transformed unskillful aspects of ourselves and cultivated positive ones.
- Made a list of all persons we had harmed.
- Made direct amends to such people where possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. In addition, made a conscientious effort to forgive all those who harmed us.
- Continue to maintain awareness of our actions and motives, and when we acted unskillfully promptly admitted it.
- Engaged through the practice of meditation to improve our conscious contact with our true selves, and seeking that beyond self. Also used prayer as a means to cultivate positive attitudes and states of mind.
- Having gained spiritual insight as a result of these steps, we practice these principles in all areas of our lives, and make this message available to others in need of recovery.