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 Post subject: One year sober today
PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:07 pm 
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Today is a really great day for me. I have remained sober for a year, longer than any other time in my existence since I was about 16+/-. I began drinking when I was very young, just not an everyday thing.
Shortly after becoming sober Buddhism found me.
I seemed to really enjoy the feeling of letting go and accepting things. My meditation helped me in numerous ways when things got dicey.
Reading the Suttras and teachings, as well as all the help from my great friends here, in understanding the Dharma, is in my simply humble opinion, the key to me remaining on my path.

Thank you too all my friends who have helped me in my understanding and progress on this path, without your help, who knows I may have never remained sober for this long.

:namaste:

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One whose mind is freed does not argue with anyone, he does not dispute with anyone. He makes use of the conventional terms of the world without clinging to them
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 Post subject: Re: One year sober today
PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:15 pm 
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Good to hear. I'm happy to hear this.

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 Post subject: Re: One year sober today
PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:20 pm 
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Dave The Seeker wrote:
Today is a really great day for me. I have remained sober for a year, longer than any other time in my existence since I was about 16+/-. I began drinking when I was very young, just not an everyday thing.
Shortly after becoming sober Buddhism found me.
I seemed to really enjoy the feeling of letting go and accepting things. My meditation helped me in numerous ways when things got dicey.
Reading the Suttras and teachings, as well as all the help from my great friends here, in understanding the Dharma, is in my simply humble opinion, the key to me remaining on my path.

Thank you too all my friends who have helped me in my understanding and progress on this path, without your help, who knows I may have never remained sober for this long.

:namaste:


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And many happy returns :bow:

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 Post subject: Re: One year sober today
PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:38 pm 
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Happy sober day!
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 Post subject: Re: One year sober today
PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:43 pm 
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Woo hooo! :woohoo:

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 Post subject: Re: One year sober today
PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:21 pm 
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That is certainly good news. :thumbsup:

Now find the next habit and break it as well. :smile:


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 Post subject: Re: One year sober today
PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 3:10 pm 
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That is great news, friend!

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 Post subject: Re: One year sober today
PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 3:22 pm 
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Inspiring stuff, Dave. Thank you for sharing. :anjali:

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 Post subject: Re: One year sober today
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Congratulations.

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 Post subject: Re: One year sober today
PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:08 pm 
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E ma ho! Congratulations! :applause:
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 Post subject: Re: One year sober today
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 Post subject: Re: One year sober today
PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 7:19 pm 
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A great accomplishment! :bow:

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 Post subject: Re: One year sober today
PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 8:50 pm 
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Congratulations! :namaste:

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 Post subject: Re: One year sober today
PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:00 am 
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Excellent :) :twothumbsup: :buddha2: :heart:

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 Post subject: Re: One year sober today
PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:02 am 
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Thank you all so much.

To me it is one of my biggest accomplishments, I have let go of one of the biggest things that caused suffering.
In my life as well as causing many others to suffer. :buddha1:
It's only going to get better each and every day :twothumbsup:

:namaste:

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Everyday problems teach us to have a realistic attitude.
They teach us that life is what life is; flawed.
Yet with tremendous potential for joy and fulfillment.
~Lama Surya Das~

If your path teaches you to act and exert yourself correctly and leads to spiritual realizations such as love, compassion and wisdom then obviously it's worthwhile.
~Lama Thubten Yeshe~

One whose mind is freed does not argue with anyone, he does not dispute with anyone. He makes use of the conventional terms of the world without clinging to them
~The Buddha~


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 Post subject: Re: One year sober today
PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:46 pm 
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sorry i'm so late on this... i've kinda "gone dark" for a little while, having fallen a bit out of the practice but no worse for wear. i am back and sorry i missed this post, as i know how important this is to you.
this is great, seeker. i'm at 3 and a half years sober myself, but i'll always remember that 1 year anniversary - that is a really important one. all of us ex-drunks are very proud of you. congrats, and keep up the good work, but stay on your toes and watch your back!
for me, the 2nd year was the worst, so be prepared. after the "newness" of the sober life wears off, some more questions are sure to start springing up and your resolve will come under fire. your will shall be tested and your strength will be challenged. year #2 is when a couple of friends of mine who had gotten sober fell off the ol' wagon. it's a hard one and i wish you well.
way to go!!!!!!!!

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