Quiet Mind

It’s possible that God is talking to me through my kid. Since I’ve been sober, the Kaiser talks incessantly about God. Granted, most of his thoughts are less along the lines of, “Does a perfect God exist and if he does is he a personal diety?” and more along the lines of, “Does God have a stomach?” It’s still there. The idea. The pushing. It’s hard to ignore the possibility of God when there’s a four-year old following me around yapping in my ear about whether God is able to pick up our house.

Second-step stuff. I’m comfortable with the First Step, admitting that I’m powerless over the addiction, admitting that my life had become unmanageable. Noooo shit. I’ve got that.  But do I believe that a power greater than myself can restore me to sanity? I don’t know. Father Martin said so and Father Martin was a rad (yes, I did) human being.

My spiritual program is lacking, but I’m working on it. Well, I’m thinking about working on it. I don’t know what my higher power is. For a while, I said love, but that sounds idiotic and I don’t even really know what I meant when I said that. Buddhism makes sense to me, particularly in relation to the 12 Steps and understanding suffering and attachment.

For now, as I limp along through spiritual growth, that’s enough. My primary concern is getting out of my own head. I’m compulsive and obsessive. I’m an addict. I withdraw, disconnect and torment myself  — clean or not, it’s what I do.

Feelings, desires and cravings come and go. Sometimes I can sit with them. Sometimes I can’t. As I work on a more empty-handed approach to life, I’m hoping to better my experience without filtering everything. Isn’t that what acceptance is about? A clarity of vision that allows me to step out of my mind and observe an emotion with objectivity, watching it float into nothingness.



Filed under Buddhism

8 responses to “Quiet Mind

  1. JED

    Cole: Daddy, does God have a mommy?
    Me: Yes he does
    Cole: What’s her name?
    Me: Mary
    Cole: Oh
    Cole: If God has a mommy called Mary, who is Mary’s God?
    Me: Cole, just eat your french fries

  2. Jonathan

    I love you!

  3. You were on the right track from the start…

    “He who lives in love, lives in God and God in him, for God is love.”

    ( St Paul’s letters to the Corinthians)

  4. Dan

    You my dear friend are the best. Way to put it out there. Truly glad to see you blogging, and truly glad to see the topic.

  5. Toot

    “But do I believe that a power greater than myself can restore me to sanity? I don’t know.” – You are not alone. Not at all.

    This one was a great read.

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