My Zen Recovery ~ Special Guest Post By Living Master Genro Xuan Lou, Laoshi. “Enlightenment Awaits You”

My Zen Recovery ~ Special Guest Post By Living Master Genro Xuan Lou, Laoshi. “Enlightenment Awaits You”

It is not often I meet two very special people who have entered my life and learning so much from. Master Genro is one of the few living Zen Masters of today. Author, Clifford Stevens has had the privilege of being taught by Master Genro. And after reading their new book, “Find The Seeker! The Pathless Path to Fulfillment and Happiness” I have been using all the wisdom and unique advice and incorporating it into my recovery path. It has uplifted my spirit, enlightens my soul as I maintain my recovery in being more humbled and grateful.

See, when we choose to finally see and reach out to the tiny sliver of light of HOPE and abandon the bondage of addictions, we can choose a path or journey of our choice as we can begin to heal and work toward making healthy change within our “inner selves.” This is more of what the book guides you through. So, yes, my recovery has been more mindful, natural, and happy! I call it my Zen Recovery …

I hope you enjoy this second guest post as much as Genro’s first. And do get a chance to purchase the book! It truly is an amazing read! … Catherine

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ENLIGHTENMENT AWAITS YOU

It is not easy to put what we mean into words and into a book, which is the mirror of our experience. This is because Absolute, unconditional Being cannot be defined, described, categorized or explained in words. It is the reason why Socrates could only say, “All I know is that I know nothing.” It is the reason why Zen Masters often resort to laughing, making sounds or jumping. It is the reason why the true philosopher remains quiet. Ultimately one has to stop thinking, brooding and reflecting.

Speaking does not mirror one’s innermost nature, the underlying truth of all Existence. Rather, it is what is between the words – serenity, voice, charisma, aura – which can reveal how far a person is on the spiritual path. It may be easy for someone to sit on a meditation cushion and give the impression that he is inwardly serene. However, as one says in Zen, one can only look deeper into the ocean when the surface of the water is calm. In this way, one can find out and understand what the ego is about.

Meditative techniques are there to calm the thought processes, to make sure the monkeys jumping around – our thoughts – finally get tired of what they are doing, and to bring inner peace to the person. We are talking about Absolute Peace, which you cannot attain by any war, by any struggling on your part. It comes when Nobody is there any longer who causes unrest and agitation due to thinking, fears, and all our manipulative, emotional and intellectual processes. Peace comes when there is Nobody who deals with himself and the world in a warlike manner.

Beyond space and time


It may not always reflect our present-day priorities, but achieving inner peace, calmness, serenity, and equanimity is certainly one of our biggest longings. So much has been written about the techniques one can practice, and it is easy to do so. But a technique is only a part of the path. The fact is that the path is a pathless one and is not a path at all in the proverbial sense.

Being on the path means to pick oneself up again and again and plough on, with practices, to continue moving on, if one has not had the grace to embody “enlightenment”, as some of the great  Masters have had this blessing.

Our book is designed to show how such a path could look, how you can make your way along the path with grace, discipline, and humility, and how one can have this experience of enlightenment at the right time and the right place – always and anywhere, because it is beyond space and time.

 

 

Lying at your feet

We don’t usually speak about this. This is because all knowledge, analysis, and definitions don’t lead us anywhere! It is the experience and not the knowledge that is crucial. Take honey. You can conduct as many scientific studies as you want, but it is not the same as tasting it and its sweetness. In this case, you only stand at the beginning of the path and have not yet realized what it is about.

Once you have read all the books and heard all the scientists talking, and still remain dissatisfied, and there are still unanswered questions, then it is time to read this book of ours – perhaps the last one you will need. It shows the pathless path between the words and the lines, serving quasi as a signpost. It is a path that cannot be comprehended in thoughts and words and shows you that which is lying at your feet, as an old Japanese saying goes.

Free your mind

So, sit down, try to calm your mind, and learn to know your-Self. All the questions that arise are the result of the imprisoned and limited mind. Liberation takes place above and beyond everything that can be perceived. It takes place in your inherent, Absolute nature, which at that moment of realization is seen as that which always is enlightened and has always been. This does not involve effort, techniques, work or overcoming. But it requires grace, and your realization, which in itself is the Truth.

And when this happens, do what you want. This is derived from an old parable from Chinese Chan teachings, who said, “First free your mind, and then do what you want.” Our intellect is immediately worried about chaos and anarchy if one does what he or she wants. This concern is from the unenlightened spirit, worrying about things which anyway cannot be influenced. Learn how to entrust yourself, to practice devotion and thus open yourself up and make yourself ready for the workings of the highest Grace.

 

Free of thought

In the Heart Sutra, it is written: Form is emptiness and emptiness is form. The true interpretation is so simple and yet difficult to understand. Zen and our book deals with people who learn to be before there was thinking. The Zen spirit is revealed when thinking stops and the thinker consciously abides “free of thought.” This is the Buddha Nature, which you cannot realize in thought.


The experience of enlightenment awaits you.


Find the “seeker” and unfold the true Self already in you.

The essence of the path is simple, natural and clear.

 

‘Namaste’

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Genro Xuan Lou, Laoshi, one of the few living Zen Masters and co-author Clifford Stevens of the recent highly-acclaimed spiritual self-help book “Find the Seeker” now available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle … (Amazon link: http://bit.ly/find-seeker). You may learn more from popular Master Genro on our website:  https://www.findtheseeker.com  and follow us on Facebook.

 

 

“I Welcome New Author ~ Dr. Rev. Kevin Coughlin To Recovery Starts Here”

Hello and Welcome Recovery Friends,

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“I am happy, honored and proud to share a new recovery Author, Rev. Kevin T. Coughlin Ph.D., DCC, DDVA, DLC, DD, NCIP, NCAMP, IMAC., and his two brand new e-book releases now on Amazon.
Why yes, that is a long title, but Kevin has worked hard to receive each and everyone in both life, education and ministry. But the truth of the matter is, he is just a big giant Teddy Bear at Heart and helps many from addiction.”

 

About The New Author:

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Kevin is a firm believer of The 12-Step Program to recover and his first book (e-book format) titled; “If You Want What We Have: A Journey Through the Twelve Steps of Recovery” is a fantastic workbook and guide to help you get the most out of working your 12-steps. One thing Kevin and I have in common? Gambling Addiction. I was the addict, he is the “Fixer” of this addiction. We both are passionate about advocating, educating and informing the public about this hush, hush addiction. And we both are contributing recovery article writers for Addicted Minds & Assoc., which is how we met.

Here is more about Rev. Kevin Coughlin . . .

Reverend Coughlin is a Founder and the Director of New Beginning Ministry, Inc., an evidence-based, twelve-step residential addiction recovery program for adults that is accredited by the A.A.C.T.. Rev. Coughlin has helped thousands of people to change their lives over the past eighteen plus years. He is an Addiction Expert, Blogger/Writer at Addicted Minds and VIP Interventions, Sober Services, Inc., Contentwriters.com, Fromaddictict2advocate.com, Twodropsofink.com, small press, newspapers, magazines, websites, and he is a member of The International Association of Professional Writers and Editors.

Rev. Coughlin was the Editor in Chief for Joel’s House Publications from 1997 to 2005. He has been a Professional Associate member at Gemini Behavioral Health. He is a two-time World Champion and nine-time National Champion and State and National Record holder power lifter, a gentle giant who has championed many in his career. Most call him RevKev, they enjoy his lectures and workshops on addiction, recovery, and life. RevKev has been very successful with pastoral counseling and recovery coaching with both those addicted and their families. Reverend Coughlin has trained many recovery professionals that have interned at the ministry. RevKev is considered an expert on addiction and recovery. Many have utilized him as a consultant.

Rev… Coughlin is a member in good standing of the A.A.C.C., The American Association of Christian Counselors, The Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling, and The National Council on Problem Gambling, NAADAC, USAPL, and IAM Minister’s Fellowship, and The International Christian Coach’s Network. RevKev is also an internationally published poet and writer, mostly on Addiction and Coaching subjects. To date, he has had over five hundred poems published. RevKev is also the founder, CEO and President of Phase II Christian Coaching, LLC, the company operates structured assisted living homes for clients in recovery.

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Rev. Kev is also a Nationally Certified Recovery Coach and Anger Management Specialist, a Nationally Certified Family Recovery Coach, a Nationally Certified Christian Recovery Coach and Family Recovery Coach, and a Nationally Certified Gambling Addiction Coach, Nationally Certified Case Manager, Life Coach, an International Master Addictions Coach, Sexual Addiction Coach, Life Recovery Coach and Trainer. Rev. Coughlin is also a Nationally Certified and PA credentialed Interventionist.

RevKev also works with The Addictions Academy in Miami, Florida where he designing recovery coaching courses and manuals and is an instructor for the Academy and is now the Program Director. RevKev volunteered his services with Break of Dawn International, Inc. RevKev continues to further his education with The Light University, NAADAC and the Christian Coach’s Network taking several courses and webinars. The Reverend has been awarded Doctorates and Diplomate status: a Doctorate in Christian Counseling and a Doctorate in Divinity, a Degree in Life Coaching, in Domestic Violence Christian Advocacy, and a Ph.D in Philosophy in Psychology. He also has a BS and an MS in Christian Counseling.

He is Board Certified with DIT Seminary in Christian Counseling with specializations in Grief, Substance Abuse, Alcohol Abuse, Family, and Developmental. He is a licensed Domestic Violence Christian Advocate, a licensed clinical Christian counselor, an AACT-DCU Associate Professor. He also is the Northeastern Vice President of the Administrative School Board. Rev. Coughlin is also President of the Board of Directors for DIT Seminary in Miami, Fla. Dr. Coughlin was approved as Provincial Superintendent this fall and will be sworn in as a Bishop in the spring of 2016 by the Evangelical Christian Church. Rev. Coughlin is in charge of addiction services for DIT Seminary’s Coaching services. Rev. Coughlin recently released a new book on the twelve- steps of recovery and another on Spirituality, both on Amazon.com, and will soon be releasing his third book.
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Rev. Dr. Kevin T. Coughlin Ph.D. is now the Editor in Chief at Addicted Minds which was founded by owner and CEO Matthew Steiner. http://www.addictedminds.com
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Kevin sure understands the importance of the internet and how it has changed the face of addiction and recovery! And he is all over the internet both on social media, writer, and does radio shows and online interviews. Truly? I have no idea where he finds the time to do all that he does. I know it is a deep-rooted desire to help others from addiction I am sure of that.  Both e-book releases available on Amazon Kindle Store.

About The E-Books:

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“If You Want What We Have ~ A Journey Through the Twelve Steps of Recovery.”

When I was seven years old, I accompanied my mother to many twelve-step meetings and witnessed the miracle as it changed her life and mine. A few decades later the twelve-steps saved my life, my brother’s life, his wife’s life, my uncle’s life, and countless friend’s lives. After witnessing the power of the twelve-step process my family, friends, and I opened a twelve-step recovery program and retreat in The Poconos of Pennsylvania for adult men and women who suffer from addiction. Over the past two decades the thousands of miracles that I have witnessed, and lives saved are due to the twelve-step process. New Beginning Ministry in Beach Lake, PA. has been our labor of love, born out of addiction. You can find out more about New Beginning at New Beginning Ministry, PA

Helping people who suffer from addiction to get their lives back has become my life’s work; I’ve been blessed to be able to work with thousands of individuals and their families over the past few decades. There is so much wrong information about addiction recovery, and false information about the 12-steps and the different fellowships and programs; the truth is that these programs work and that they save lives! I felt it was my obligation to share what I have learned over the past 47 years about addiction recovery and the twelve-step process. I originally got clean and sober at a twelve-step retreat that was started by one of the Founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill W., it was at this retreat that I started to realize that I had a calling on my life to help other sick and suffering alcoholics and substance abusers.

After two decades of teaching on addiction recovery and the twelve-step process, and developing my skills as a professional writer, it only made sense to combine the two and share this life-saving information with a larger audience. My mom passed on five years ago with over forty years of sobriety, and today I celebrate nineteen years!

My dream is to share my knowledge with as many individuals as I can during my lifetime, building an army of twelve-step professionals who can help save lives. It doesn’t matter if you are reading this book for yourself, a family member, or a dear friend; the information contained within the pages here can be life changing. I know that these steps changed and saved my life! If you want what we have; a journey through the twelve steps of recovery workbook and manual has been used successfully by numerous individuals, residential recovery programs, out-patient programs, professional recovery coaches, aftercare professionals, counselors, therapists, probation officers, ministries, recovery retreats, sponsors, sober companions, and family members.

“It works if you work it, so work it, you’re worth it!” Anonymous, they say in the rooms of recovery, if you want what we have, and are willing to go to any length to get it, you will recover. All you have to do is want it, and do the footwork.
This amazing workbook/ manual will aid you on your journey.
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“IN THE SUNLIGHT OF THE SPIRIT: A SPIRITUALITY TRAINING MANUAL AND WORKBOOK”

I opened a twelve-step recovery program and retreat in The Poconos of Pennsylvania for adult men and women who suffer from addiction. Over the past two decades the thousands of miracles that I have witnessed, and lives saved are due to the twelve-step process. We found that this process was a spiritual program of action, based on spiritual principles. New Beginning Ministry in Beach Lake, PA. has been our labor of love, born out of addiction. You can find out more about New Beginning at  New Beginning Ministry, PA

I felt it was my obligation to share what I have learned over the past 47 years about addiction recovery, spirituality, and the twelve-step process. I originally got clean and sober at a twelve-step retreat that was started by one of the Founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill W., it was at this retreat that I started to realize that I had a calling on my life to help other sick and suffering alcoholics and substance abusers.  After two decades of teaching on addiction recovery, spirituality, and the twelve-step process, and developing my skills as a professional writer, it only made sense to combine the two and share this life-saving information with a larger audience. My mom passed on five years ago with over forty years of sobriety, and today I celebrate nineteen years!

My dream is to share my knowledge with as many individuals as I can during my lifetime, building an army of spiritual twelve-step professionals who can help save lives. It doesn’t matter if you are reading this book for yourself, a family member, or a dear friend; the information contained within the pages here can be life changing. I know that spirituality changed and saved my life!

This amazing workbook/ manual will aid you on your journey as you walk in the sunlight of the spirit. My personal website is Rev Kev’s Recovery World

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“I hope you enjoy My World of Recovery! If you come from another World, there is always more room in this one!  REV. KEV’S RECOVERY WORLD IS A PLACE FOR SOBER FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS TO GATHER!  PREVENTION, AWARENESS, AND EDUCATION WILL BE THE CORNERSTONES THAT END THE WAR ON ADDICTION.”

 

Go Connect with Dr. Rev. Kevin Coughlin on Social Media!

 

Website: Rev Kev’s Recovery World
Facebook: My Facebook Page
Goodreads: Lets Connect on Goodreads
Join My Facebook Group: FB Addiction/Recovery Group
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LinkedIn: Connect with me on LinkedIn
GROUP On Google+: My Group: The Recovery Community Family and Friends
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“Recovery Author Spotlight Presented By ~ Gambling Recovery Starts Here” 

 

Addicted Gambling Can Touch Anyone ~~ Meet Kim Pottle….

Welcome Recovery Friends, Seekers, and New Visitors,

I came across a new “Facts” website yesterday, and read that out of the millions of addicted or problem gamblers, 50% of them are Women. It really didn’t surprise me much, because most gamblers anonymous meetings I have attended, most members were women.

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The other piece of this alarming fact that I read, was a large chunk of the numbers of addicted gamblers are also now “High school age & College age young adults”!  If I was a parent, this is just “Unacceptable”! And this group seems to be playing card games like, Poker, Blackjack, and tournaments in college dorms.

“This goes to say, “Compulsive Addicted Gambling” has NO bounds on who it may touch, and lives can be “Destroyed” by uncontrolled gambling.
NO, I don’t have any ill feelings towards those who can “Gamble” normally, I just want to help educate the mass’s that there are “Many” of us out here who can not, including myself. It’s why I wrote my book.”

So I thought I’d “Share” another Excellent Recovery Blog,  a woman who also was “Touched” by this cunning disease. She too wrote her story of how compulsive addicted gambling wreaked havoc on her life to.

Please meet, “Kim Pottle” and her book, “Numb No More”…………

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Numb No More by Kim Pottle was inspired by True Life.
http://numbnomore.com

Here is a little more about “Kim” and her Recovery Blog…..

 

About Me

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!

I am a Certified Life Coach and Author who writes about life as seen through the eyes of a recovering compulsive gambler.

I used gambling as an escape from my pain and troubles.  I experienced the rush and despair that gambling brings.  When I was playing video poker I felt like I could finally do something I was good at.  It brought me a sense of pride and became a comfortable space for me to exist.

Until it turned on me. The frenzy of the chase took over.  Even when I won I hardly ever walked away with money.  I couldn’t think about much other than when I was going to play next.

I began to beat myself up for my losses, for my wins, for going to play and for being such a loser.  Any excuse to belittle myself was good enough for me.  I would often wonder what was wrong with me.

Eventually I got tired of being so sick and tired.  I knew I had a problem.  I wasn’t sleeping, eating or taking care of myself or my relationships.  I was blowing through cash like it was nothing.

I knew I needed help.

I read books, went to Gamblers Anonymous (GA), saw a counselor, attended an outpatient program and tried a variety of other things.

There was no easy answer for me.  It took me years to get into this mess and I wasn’t getting out of it over night.

I wish I could tell you that there was a defining moment for me to snap out of my fantasy land.

But I can’t.  I “quit” numerous times.  I became stronger each time I did.  I learned a lot along the way.  Chances are good I understand what you’re going through.

Nobody understands a gambler like a fellow gambler.

This blog and the book “Numb No More” share my journey with you, past and present. I believe it is now my life purpose to help gamblers live better lives.

I continue to learn and practice my growth.  I am choosing to Live my Life with Feeling.

My Commitment to You:

  • I am here to support you without guilt, judgment or shame.
  • I am here through success and “failure.”
  • I honor where you are in life.  I know you are the one who gets to make your own choices.
  • I am providing you a safe place to land.
  • I am open to you and available for you

Here now is one of my “Favorite” blog posts of Kim’s!

Do I Really Want To FEEL This?

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Feeling a bit Prickly

Reality alert!

Maybe you can relate to this: Sometimes I convince myself that life just sucks.

There are days I don’t want to get out of bed. Those are the days when gambling used to be like a magic eraser for me. Maybe you drink, or pop pills or veg out in front of the TV or computer. We all make choices, right?  We have the choice of whether or not we want to continue living in our sad and lonely place. I have occasionally been known to carry mine around with me for years. I am learning to change the way I’m feeling into something much better for me.

Most days I do pretty well with it.  The difficult thing for me has been to decide to actually feel where I’m at.  In my past, and presently more often than I’d like to admit, whenever I was hurting I would escape into a fantasy land.  My destructive escape of preference has been gambling and video poker with surfing the internet at a close second.  I didn’t have to feel anything and I could distract myself long enough to get me through the day without crashing.

It turns out that doesn’t actually help the situation any.

I have made the commitment to myself to live my life and sit in my stuff instead of running away from it.  Sometimes that really sucks, especially at first.  I find myself thinking that it would be so much easier to numb out and hope that my uncomfortable feelings will go away.  Sometimes I take the easy way out and go back to my old habits.  I’m not perfect.  For the most part I honor myself and do the right thing.  Each time it gets better and more natural.  Along the way I’ve made a major discovery…

Those feelings don’t go away on their own.  It feels like every emotion I ran away from was stuffed in a closet (a rather large closet…Mariah Carey style).  Eventually the door starts to bulge and random slimy feelings start oozing out.  One way or another they want my attention.  And they are willing to wait.

The things I thought I had gotten rid of years ago are still in that stupid closet.  Now that I have come back to reality it’s time to look inside.  Sometimes I get buried with my stuff.  The goal for me is to remember to look at it one piece at a time.

One step at a time, one emotion at a time.

When it actually works I do my best to be proud of myself and remember that it’s a step in the right direction.  When I get caught up in the drama and run away I give myself a break and remember that there will be other times to practice.  I have found that the more I beat myself up the worse my situation gets because I get the F it all attitude.

Here are some Keys to Success:

  • Take it one step at a time – one emotion, experience, memory, etc.
  • Look at it lovingly…and let it go (here are some suggestions to help with that)
  • Repeat as often as you need – you may not feel better right away.
  • Don’t force yourself look at something you aren’t ready for.
  • Give yourself a break!
  • Reward yourself for a job well done.

I hope this helps your life in some way.  I’d love to hear your thoughts!  Please feel free to share with your friends as well.  Thanks! Kim Pottle……

**I think the reason I was so taken by “Kim’s” Blog was that I could relate to all of what she wrote about. Even the her book title grabbed ME! Because it was what my “Ultimate Goal” was each time I went out and gambled. The trigger could have been my past “Hurts & Pain” resurfacing again, a disappointment in my life at the time, a death, or just an “URGE” that came out of NO where to go spend a few hours to escape and “Numb out” from the feelings!**

Here is just ONE Review of many to know Kim’s book and Blog help many!

From Amazon Books:

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

5.0 out of 5 stars          Really Hit Home
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This review is from: Numb No More: Simple Solutions to Achieve Freedom from Habits and Addictions (Paperback)

Numb No More: Simple Solutions to Achieve Freedom from Habits and Addictions is a wonderful book and I highly recommend it to all of you who are compulsive gamblers. I assure you that you will be able to relate to the author and her struggles. Kim Pottle also has a website where she continues to write articles to help compulsive gamblers. I have sent several emails to her and she actually responded to me. Kim is a wonderful, caring person who has a lot of great advice to offer you in this book. Don’t hesitate to buy it!..

*What more do you need to know that Kim’s book and her Recovery/Coaching Blog is a Great Resource. I hope you’ll take time to visit her, and READ her book. So please, as always, let her know Author, Catherine Lyon sent YOU!*

God Bless All!
Catherine Lyon xoxo

OF COURSE I CAN’T END WITHOUT A COUPLE “FUNNY’S”………

I Can Has Cheezburger?                                                              

I Got a Sandwich, I Got a Sandwich!

    

                                      

This is how Cats Breakdance

    

 

Dog Protects the Sheep, Sheep Protects the Fish

*HAVE A GREAT DAY EVERYONE*!!  *Cat*