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In this podcast, we discuss mystical works of literature, primarily Taoist text, and how they relate to alcohol recovery. Taoist Philosophy can be an excellent tool for embracing the idea of a “Higher Power.” Nature offers all of the examples necessary for a concept of a source of all life, much different but yet very similar in many ways to more traditional religious thinking. Here is a link to an online version of the Tao Te Ching; https://ttc.tasuki.org/display:Year:1972,1988,1996,2004/se ...
 
Cup of Tao - Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times. This podcast incorporates Taoist philosophy and modern contextual psychology principles, which are presented as educational skills and guidelines for living in today's uncertain times. A podcast for those who have an interest in Taoism, Eastern-philosophy, and mindfulness-based skills. Podcast by Chris L McClish, who has held many roles in life including having a lengthy career as a psychotherapist, as well as having served as an author, clinical ...
 
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Cup of Tao Season 5 Episode 1 - How to deal with Hardship Hosted by Chris L McClish In this episode: I talk about a brief outline for dealing with hardship in life using three Taoist principles. After discussing this, I take a short break and then talk on a more personal level. Cup of Tao is a production of CoachCMC LLC – and is on the web at https…
 
We learn in recovery that we change from the inside out. When we try to satisfy life from the outside inward, this story is the result. We saw the problem in this story and the solution in the 37th verse of the Tao Te Ching. Info on the new book, Powerless But Not Helpless; www.BuddyC.org Order Sensei Elliston’s new book; https://www.amazon.com/Ori…
 
Sensei Michael Elliston shares his thoughts on the 12th verse of the Tao Te Ching from a Zen perspective. Our outward senses can dull the sensitivity of our inner intuitive voice. Info on the new book, Powerless But Not Helpless; www.BuddyC.org Order Sensei Elliston’s new book; https://www.amazon.com/Original-Frontier-Serious-Seekers-Guide/dp/07643…
 
Could Non-Being be described as love? Excellent conversation concerning surrender and Step 2. Could relief come from our surrender and stopping the fight rather than the intervention of a Higher Power? Words that are difficult to write to describe a conversation that was spot on. Info on the new book, Powerless But Not Helpless; www.BuddyC.org Orde…
 
Where is the Tao? What is the Tao? What actions can we take to become more aware of the Tao at work in all things? All situations? All people? At work in everything! Order Sensei Elliston’s new book; https://www.amazon.com/Original-Frontier-Serious-Seekers-Guide/dp/0764360884/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+original+frontier&qid=1599168689&sr=8-1 …
 
This story reminds us of the gift of not having to know. This is a gift most of us never realize that we already possess. Excellent conversation! Order Sensei Elliston’s new book; https://www.amazon.com/Original-Frontier-Serious-Seekers-Guide/dp/0764360884/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+original+frontier&qid=1599168689&sr=8-1 Sensei Elliston’s Po…
 
This is a story about Knowledge seeking the Tao. The answer was not in Knowledge but in Nothingness(emptiness)—a good discussion of applying the principle of nothingness to our lives. We also discussed how the Big Book of AA is a book of experience rather than a book of knowledge. Order Sensei Elliston’s new book; https://www.amazon.com/Original-Fr…
 
Sensei Michael Elliston shares his thoughts on the 10th verse of the Tao Te Ching from a Zen perspective. From the text, this became a conversation about emptiness. Sensei gives us a thorough explanation of how the ancient masters of Zen Buddhism taught emptiness. Next week, our story about seeking nothingness(emptiness) gives us Chaung Tzu’s view …
 
This story reminds us of the paradox of truth; what gives us peace and joy is not in what we thought would give us peace and joy. What we are looking for can be found in the last place we would think to look. Order Sensei Elliston’s new book; https://www.amazon.com/Original-Frontier-Serious-Seekers-Guide/dp/0764360884/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=t…
 
The empty boat is a story that has been mused by many. Today we discuss how this story relates to recovery and how to apply these principles in our everyday lives. Order Sensei Elliston’s new book; https://www.amazon.com/Original-Frontier-Serious-Seekers-Guide/dp/0764360884/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+original+frontier&qid=1599168689&sr=8-1 Se…
 
This story brought out another discussion of wu wei – effortless effort. How free we become when we stop trying to control what we think keeps us from being free! Amazing how quickly our thoughts pass when we are no longer disturbed in some way. Order Sensei Elliston’s new book; https://www.amazon.com/Original-Frontier-Serious-Seekers-Guide/dp/0764…
 
Incredible discussion of how to surrender your way to that place of rest, that place of calmness and serenity as seen in the serenity prayer; God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Order Sensei Elliston’s new book; https://www.amazon.com/Original-Fr…
 
Why do we fight? Are we fighting because we are afraid? “The chief activator of our defects has been self-centered fear – primarily fear that we would lose something we already possessed or would fail to get something we demanded.” 12 X 12 Page 76. An excellent discussion of the tools we use to surrender fear. Order Sensei Elliston’s new book; http…
 
Many of us fall for the idea that outer success will bring us the inner success we crave. This story reinforces the fact that true achievement comes from learning to live life in the moment, with no need for the approval of others. Order Sensei Elliston’s new book; https://www.amazon.com/Original-Frontier-Serious-Seekers-Guide/dp/0764360884/ref=sr_…
 
How do we stay in the moment, enjoy the journey, and surrender expectations? If this is one of your struggles, you will enjoy this conversation! Order Sensei Elliston’s new book; https://www.amazon.com/Original-Frontier-Serious-Seekers-Guide/dp/0764360884/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+original+frontier&qid=1599168689&sr=8-1 Sensei Elliston’s Pod…
 
Another story showing us the path of unlearning – resting in the eternal, hidden place of no-place. This story also brought out the dynamic of alcohol being a substitute for letting go in life and the role of anonymity in recovery. I really appreciate the great discussion! Order Sensei Elliston’s new book; https://www.amazon.com/Original-Frontier-S…
 
Sensei Michael Elliston and special guest Seigstsu Roger Cochran, aka Dr. Cochran, share their thoughts on the 10th verse of the Tao Te Ching from a Zen perspective. What does it mean to observe? What should we expect from our meditation practice? How do we begin our meditation practice? How long should we meditate? Just a few of the questions we d…
 
“The road to hell is paved with good intentions” is a phrase we have heard often. When we refuse to accept what is, we try to fix and change people, places, and things into what we feel is best. Sometimes we take actions that are meant for good that end up being detrimental to ourselves or others. Order Sensei Elliston’s new book; https://www.amazo…
 
This story addresses the age-old question, “What is it that will make me fulfilled?” An excellent discussion of how we seek outwardly for what will bring purpose to our lives, not knowing we already possessed everything within. We eventually ended the conversation with a few minutes of discussion of wu wei. Contact us at Wisdom56321@gmail.com Order…
 
Sensei Michael Elliston shares his thoughts on the 9th verse of the Tao Te Ching from a Zen perspective. The desire for more and how to determine when a creative task is complete, like a painting or writing a book, were a couple of the topics we discussed. Order Sensei Elliston’s new book; https://www.amazon.com/Original-Frontier-Serious-Seekers-Gu…
 
Are our fears keeping us from being happy? An excellent discussion of how our fears and resistance bend our path of love. This bending keeps happiness out of reach. We also started our weekly discussion of synchronistic moments for the week. Contact us at Wisdom56321@gmail.com Order Sensei Elliston’s new book; https://www.amazon.com/Original-Fronti…
 
At first, I thought this story was more about the deception that desire brings into our lives. After our discussion, I believe this story is more about fear and how fears cause us to take actions that are as much an illusion as the fear itself. We also discussed food and applying the program to some of our lesser handicaps. Contact us at Wisdom5632…
 
What makes us happy? What is your definition of happiness? Does outward success bring happiness? Or, do I have to look within, regardless of my outward circumstances? Contact us at Wisdom56321@gmail.com Order Sensei Elliston’s new book; https://www.amazon.com/Original-Frontier-Serious-Seekers-Guide/dp/0764360884/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+ori…
 
We completed reviewing a transcript today of an episode of the podcast, The Alan Watts Audio Experience titled, “The Mind Will Do What It Wants”. A very good discussion about is “all as it should be” really true? And our perception of difficulties in life may be skewed more than we realize. Contact us at Wisdom56321@gmail.com Order Sensei Elliston’…
 
Sensei Michael Elliston shares his thoughts on the 8th verse of the Tao Te Ching from a Zen perspective. Much discussion around the water analogy and Zen. Order Sensei Elliston’s new book; https://www.amazon.com/Original-Frontier-Serious-Seekers-Guide/dp/0764360884/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+original+frontier&qid=1599168689&sr=8-1 Sensei Elli…
 
We started reviewing a transcript today of an episode of the podcast, The Alan Watts Audio Experience titled, “The Mind Will Do What It Wants”. We started an excellent discussion of intuitive knowing and making decisions without overthinking. Contact us at Wisdom56321@gmail.com Order Sensei Elliston’s new book; https://www.amazon.com/Original-Front…
 
Another description of learning to be the witness to life; allowing the Tao to work in our lives without obstruction. Contact us at Wisdom56321@gmail.com Order Sensei Elliston’s new book; https://www.amazon.com/Original-Frontier-Serious-Seekers-Guide/dp/0764360884/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+original+frontier&qid=1599168689&sr=8-1 Sensei Ellis…
 
Fantastic conversation! We see in this reading how we can approach compliments with humility and yet miss the mark with envy. Contact us at Wisdom56321@gmail.com Join our private Facebook group and continue the conversation! Here is the link; https://www.facebook.com/groups/TaoPodcast/ or search Tao of Our understanding Podcast. Meetings during the…
 
Sensei Michael Elliston shares his thoughts on the 7th verse of the Tao Te Ching from a Zen perspective. Much discussion around the idea of fulfilling our needs through helping someone else. Order Sensei Elliston’s new book; https://www.amazon.com/Original-Frontier-Serious-Seekers-Guide/dp/0764360884/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+original+fronti…
 
This story not only shows the need for humility but how humility is found. The story then shows us a description of enlightenment and not to take ourselves so seriously (Rule 62). Contact us at Wisdom56321@gmail.com Join our private Facebook group and continue the conversation! Here is the link; https://www.facebook.com/groups/TaoPodcast/ or search…
 
What makes words valuable? Is it the words themselves or the experience being conveyed within the words? How important is it to view text with open-mindedness? From a place of not-knowing rather than a place of thinking we already understand. Contact us at Wisdom56321@gmail.com Join our private Facebook group and continue the conversation! Here is …
 
What is stillness? How do we really apply wu wei in everyday life? Contact us at Wisdom56321@gmail.com Join our private Facebook group and continue the conversation! Here is the link; https://www.facebook.com/groups/TaoPodcast/ or search Tao of Our understanding Podcast. Meetings during the pandemic; 1 pm EDT Mon-Fri - Direct Link: www.DailyRecover…
 
Sensei Elliston shares his thoughts on the 6th verse of the Tao Te Ching from a Zen perspective. Much discussion about the feminine verse the masculine parts of our nature. Pre-order Sensei Elliston’s new book for February release; https://www.amazon.com/Original-Frontier-Serious-Seekers-Guide/dp/0764360884/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+original…
 
These stories reminded us of how our perceptions are always incorrect; what we think is normally distorted by our fears and hopes. We lose our true nature when we digress into good or bad, ugly or beautiful, moral or immoral, etc. Also a brief discussion of books and other podcasts we are currently enjoying. Contact us at Wisdom56321@gmail.com Join…
 
This story was an example of how to live in the moment, free of the swings in emotions and hooks that keep us trapped. We also discussed how anger becomes the substitute for alcohol in the life of the sober alcoholic. Great discussion! Contact us at Wisdom56321@gmail.com Join our private Facebook group and continue the conversation! Here is the lin…
 
Your new beginning can be found in EVERY ending! What a promise! The question for me is if I can slow down – pause – and allow the new beginning time to show itself! Contact us at Wisdom56321@gmail.com Join our private Facebook group and continue the conversation! Here is the link; https://www.facebook.com/groups/TaoPodcast/ or search Tao of Our un…
 
Craig M. prepared great questions this week for Sensei on verse 5. Sensei Elliston shares his thoughts on the 5th verse of the Tao Te Ching from a Zen perspective. Pre-order Sensei Elliston’s new book for February release; https://www.amazon.com/Original-Frontier-Serious-Seekers-Guide/dp/0764360884/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+original+frontier…
 
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