Welcome to Cowboy Dharma! What is it all about? In short, here we’re celebrating the best of modern Western thought (Twelve Step in particular), along with classical Eastern and other helpful wisdom paths. The categories are sorted into what we like to call the "Sanity Files", which are downloadable documents citing various schools of thought, combined with my blog posts on various aspects of the overall subject matter, including links to relevant outside sources to guide you in your search to find true help, hope, healing, and happiness in an often difficult life and world.
The story begins as each of us did with the birth of all creation and life, and then into our family of origin and place in the world. We celebrate the relationship with our Higher Power, inner child, and inner parent, as well as family, friends, and all life as the vessel from which all goodness flows.
Yet in time we all must face loss, sickness and death. For many these are not only of a physical nature, but on a mental and spiritual level as well, and sometimes severe or horrific. Our souls may be broken, torn, and shattered, and we may come to feel lost, abandoned, and alone. Our tortured souls may take on a myriad of distractions and addictions in attempt to deaden the pain and bind up the wounds and brokenness and soldier on as best we can.
The purpose of Cowboy Dharma is to acknowledge the pain and suffering as necessary, even vital to a full life and experience, as we learn to heal, grow, and prosper from that very same pain and suffering. We seek and utilize any skillful means to afford our mending, recovery, and renewal with our Higher Power, ourselves, and others. We leave toxic persons and situations behind to find positive and affirming relationships are not only possible, but deeply satisfying.
After many years, books, recovery meetings, classes, discussions, retreats, workshops, and much soul searching, I gathered a lot of clarity, wisdom, and peace we want to share with you. We took the notes and sorted those into categories that have evolved and expanded over the years. We find these "paths" to be not only powerful, but truly life changing, and more than able to transcend the rush and craziness of modern life. These are the "Sanity Files" listed as downloadable files on the Sanity Files page linked above.
They all work together in what we call exponential synergy. Synergistic as they work together to achieve much more than they could alone, and exponentially as the power of each is multiplied by the others. See what resonates and works for you. I sincerely hope you find peace, love, joy, and beauty for yourself and your world, if not here, then elsewhere. Thanks for stopping by and I wish you all the best!