Wise Buddha Quotes on Love, Happiness and Peace 181

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We are so focused on the complexity of life, the negative side of everything, the many things we have to do every day, the worries and fears that go with them, that we forget the beautiful aspects of the world we live in.

We feel so good and peaceful once we’re reminded that all bad things pass to make room for something better, that love does exist and has many forms, that compassion and forgiveness are the ultimate salvation and the path to freedom.

And once we remember these simple truths, we open our eyes to the happiness and contentment that can be found in the present moment, the peace that is everywhere around us, the inspiration, simplicity and reasons to smile.

Here are some wise words from Buddha you can read every time you feel upset that will bring back the hope, peace and joy you need:

25 Inspiring Quotes from Buddha to Live By

1. Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

2. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.

3. Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.

4. No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.

5. Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.

6. Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.

7. Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.

8. Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.

9. You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.

10. Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

11. Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.

12. Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.

13. You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.

14. Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.

15. However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?

16. When one has the feeling of dislike for evil, when one feels tranquil, one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings; when one has these feelings and appreciates them, one is free of fear.

17. If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.

18. Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.

19. There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it.

20. Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.

21. The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.

22. Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.

23. The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.

24. Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.

25. When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.

Can you find meaning in these words? How do they make you feel?
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Alternatives to The Twelve-Step Program 32

Alternatives to The Twelve-Step Program

For those suffering from addiction, the Twelve-Step Program is the world’s most famous method of recovery. It was introduced back in 1939 in The Alcoholics Anonymous ‘Big Book’ as it’s come to be known.

It’s since helped many more than one hundred men (and women) and has been only slightly adapted over the years. Regardless of small changes, the core principles of admitting alcohol/narcotic dependency, believing that God can restore health, and making amends to others hurt during one’s addiction are retained.

While this program has had many successes in helping thousands across the world to overcome their addictions, there are two main criticisms:

  • It doesn’t work for everyone, and;
  • It is founded on faith in a Higher Power.

Some people try this famous program, lauded as the ultimate key to sobriety, only to be disappointed and feel a sense of hopelessness that something that has worked for so many hasn’t worked for them.

Others are put off that belief in God is required to truly embody the program, which some people simply don’t align with.

It’s important to remember that the Twelve-Step Program is far from the only addiction management and recovery method out there. Every individual is different; therefore, a one-size-fits-all approach to addiction (or indeed anything) is impossible.

Here are some other recovery programs that have facilitated recovery from addiction for many people around the globe.

SMART Recovery

This organization focuses on cognitive behavioral therapies that help addicts to adapt their reactions, thought processes and dependencies into healthier habits. It helps those with alcohol and drug dependency recognize the emotional and environmental factors behind their problems and learn to manage addictive behaviors. SMART is committed to evolving its program as scientific knowledge evolves; remaining active rather than static where addiction treatment is concerned.

If this sounds like something you’d like to try, there are over 635 groups in the US and 613 international groups – it’s more than likely that there is one in your vicinity.

Women for Sobriety

If you are a woman who feels she would be more comfortable supported by a group of women, this is offered by WFS.

The group was founded in the 1970s by Jean Kirkland, who developed her own way of overcoming addiction and dependency. It centers on bolstering women’s self-value and addresses the individual emotional issues that lay behind each person’s addiction. 

S.O.S.

If Twelve-Steps hasn’t worked or isn’t something you want to try, but you’re open to getting support from a secular organization, then S.O.S. could be an option to explore.

They work on an abstinence-based approach and their groups are free to anyone who wishes to be free from addiction. They are a non-profit organization and cover running costs with donations, which are greatly appreciated by anyone who uses the service or other supporters.

Meetings generally begin with celebrations of sobriety and abstinence anniversaries, followed by discussions and group activities. They aim to create a positive, buoyant atmosphere through which to motivate members. Sharing of advice and strength is promoted and members are encouraged to offer their utmost support to others. 

Besides these examples, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of rehabilitation facilities all over the world that have developed their own recovery programs – it’s down to the individual to choose one that they think will benefit them best. This rehab website from NJ gives details about the SOBA College Recovery which integrates addiction rehabilitation with treatment for coexisting mental health disorders and return to education for young adults.

There are a multitude of options out there – some simple research is sure to find a path right for you.

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This article is not certified medical advice. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, please consult your doctor for medical advice about how it is best for you to begin to change your lifestyle.