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The Wisest People
“The most comfortable and wisest people are those who watch their health when they are healthy; guard their country when it is untroubled; and cultivate their fields well when weeds are nonexistent or scarce.”
—Venerable Chwasan, “The Grace in This World”
I’d been practicing Buddhism for twenty-two years when my 27 year addiction to alcohol made its final attempt to take me down for good. I thought I was a good little Buddhist because I read a lot, belonged to a sangha sometimes and wore my dharma beads. I came to learn that I had been merely walking on the glassy surface of spirituality while my true higher power was alcohol. As I did anything necessary to get and stay sober I began to uncover the true nature of spirituality and become grateful for the the embers I haphazardly stoked all those years.
My practice has become much wider and deeper since I began recovery. I sit no matter what, good or bad. I try to practice the precepts in my everyday life. I keep the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path visible to me throughout the day as a quiet reminder of this spiritual practice that nurtures me. When life happens on life’s terms I am able to draw on my practice, the Buddha, the dharma and my sangha’s to refill my spiritual reserves.
Spiritually is not just for the easy times. If we don’t cultivate our spirituality when things are going well we won’t have any capital to draw on when times are harder. We won’t have the strength to see the lessons in the darkness and appreciate that they too put capital in our spiritual bank.
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