Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Introduction

Welcome to Cowboy Dharma! What's it all about? In short, the "Cowboy" (western) side is about celebrating the best of contemporary western thought: Twelve Step Recovery, psychology, Eckhart Tolle, Brene Brown, Joseph Campbell, Erik Erikson,  and others. Some European influences are honored as well. Dharma's oldest definition is "the right way of living." This side celebrates five thousand years of eastern wisdom through various spiritual and philosophical paths. Middle eastern sages are honored as well.

These paths are where we find true help, hope, healing, and happiness in an often sad, sick, and insane life and world. Our suffering is not only of a physical nature, but on a mental and spiritual level as well, and sometimes severe or horrific. Souls may feel broken, torn, and shattered, as we  come to feel trapped, abandoned, lost, and alone. We may take on a myriad of distractions and addictions in an attempt to deaden the pain and bind up the brokenness and wounds 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 shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means for inspiration and survival" Sir Winston Churchill. 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 life affirming relationships are not only possible, but deeply satisfying.

After many years, books, recovery meetings, discussions, retreats, workshops, and much soul searching, we gathered the 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 to the right. The posts are often from first person viewpoint as we believe that "What is most personal is most universal." (Carl Rogers)

All of these 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. Try one or all to see what resonates and works for you. We sincerely hope you find peace, love, joy, and beauty for yourself and your world, if not here, then elsewhere.

Feel free to email us at dharmacowboy@gmail.com with things you have found helpful. All of us at Cowboy Dharma want to thank you very much for stopping by, and wish you all the best on your hero's journey to recover your True Self!

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