Are there any other practicing Buddhists here? personally I find buddhist philosophy to go hand in hand with recovery from love addiction. the whole concept of letting go of our attachments to our aversions is so easily applied to the concept of recovery from addiction. plus the main aim of Buddhism is to lesson our suffering. as someone with BPD, I got interested in Buddhism after reading a really fantastic memoir called The Buddha And The Borderline because the thought of reducing my suffering sounded pretty fantastic. and in all honesty, I've done years upon years of all different kinds of counseling, therapies, skills groups, support groups, you name it. none of it ever made a huge dent in my suffering.... but when I began to immerse myself in Buddhist philosophy and to try to live in the mindset of approaching everything and everyone in my life from a place of loving kindness, my emotional baseline actually went down. suddenly I was able to find that space in between my internal reactions and my external reactions. I was able to stop, think, breathe, and choose a healthier response. something I was never able to do before, not with all the DBT skills in the world or anything else. it would be great to have a discussion on here about the ways the Buddha Dharma apply to recovery and how we can utilize it to help ourselves along this path.
Happy to know about your progress. I admire Buddha’s philosophy. what I gathered from my limited knowledge about buddhism is that suffering is part of life. the approach to avoide suffering is to stay in the middle path. Witness joy and sorrow without participating. Nothing is permanent and we are on this earth for a ahort time and being human is a blessing. we have the capablity to attain Nirvan ( pinnacle of sprituality) which can be achieved by not gaining certain things or affection but by leaving all the negative traits like ego, anger, attachments, jelaoysly etc. The best approcah to get free from these negative traits is by being in present and witness surroundings without gettung affected. meditation def helps. Its helping me .