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Title: it wasn’t about reaching goals or being perfect. It was about staying on the path. For him, progress is the path. The path is what we must value.
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“We live in a goal-oriented culture,” Lander explains. “We assume if we set out in a wilful way, we will reach our goals. If we work ha...


“We live in a goal-oriented culture,” Lander explains. “We assume if we set out in a wilful way, we will reach our goals. If we work hard enough we’ll become perfect. For Benedict, however, it wasn't about reaching goals or being perfect. It was about staying on the path. For him, progress is the path. The path is what we must value.


“Perfection is an illusion,” he adds. “With humility we learn to let go of illusions and surrender


our egos to a higher power who will reconnect us to our truest selves. That journey inside is not logical or linear. No words can describe it. It’s all about trusting God and experiencing our own authenticity with a humble heart.”


One of the things that attracted Lander to Benedict is this: “He offers a way of living that leads to peace. In his communities, you work; you pray; you learn. You are engaged. You pay attention. You try to keep a sense of the sacred in the mundane. It’s all about mindfulness,”


Lander says, “which is a wonderful way to live. If we are mindful in how we live, we will create the best possible life. If there’s any logic involved, it’s the logic of daily life lived with God and lived well.


“And you don’t have to run off to a monastery to experience it,” he adds. “Being conscious and


intentional can enrich life in the 21st century, just as it did fifteen hundred years ago.”


Being in a program of recovery does imply a need for discipline, Lander admits. And addicts often rail against discipline. But Benedict’s ideas are different. “We embrace his ideas about humility because we want to. The results are paradoxical. In the discipline, we find freedom and peace.


“Our intentions change. We learn to be fully engaged in life, but not overly invested in it. For example, I am no longer my job title, or my big house, or my expensive car. I no longer set goals that will bolster my ego or build up my false self. Now I clean the house to show my love, not to earn the love of another person.”


Like the 12 Steps of AA, Benedict’s 12 Steps to Humility are accessible to everyone, Lander
says, no matter how we define God. With Benedict, there is no difference in the sacred and secular. It’s about living life with intentionality and letting go of outcomes.
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