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Suggests a belief grounded on assurance (as by evidence) of its truth.
Extent or range of vision.
The deep feeling or insight as to the proper direction for one’s life.

We need to ask ourselves, What is my view, what is important in my life, what is worth pursuing and what should I let go of?
It is important to sit down and consider this.

What is my motivation? Through addiction I have been able to see and understand what happens when I try to pursue only those things that make ME happy in a temporary manner, (narrow view). I shortly end up suffering more and causing more suffering.
Some need drama and chaos to make them feel they exist. Others need isolation and identify with a sense of poverty. Most of us are somewhere in between. As I learn what does not work, I am willing to stop engaging in the obvious destructive behaviors, but I feel empty, I have lost my best friend and what I have been relying on to make life meaningful. I feel my foundation has been taken away, I am groundless.
As I learn that I need to have an awareness, to pay attention to how my actions affect myself and others, my view begins to open up. I begin laying a new foundation for my life. I begin to know that I do have choices to make now, whereas before my addiction dictated my actions and kept me in darkness. I begin to have trust in my insights and my intelligence, as it is put to use with a higher purpose.

I begin to see that I and all others have an innate basic goodness, that we are spiritually
connected and my view naturally opens so that I can see more clearly and further now.
I begin to explore what this connection is and how I can become more aware of it and integrate that view into my everyday life.
This is a time of searching and growth that will probably last our lifetime, or lifetimes.
We can pursue a small view with the intention of accomplishing a goal; believing that then we will be happy.
Or we can continue to open up to a vaster view, with the intention of being able to include others and to help others. We do not deny our emotions but we are able to work with them in a larger
framework, instead of permitting them to rule us. Like putting a spoon of salt into a teacup, or putting it into a pond. The same amount of salt is there, but when in a larger context it is
manageable, not overwhelming.
Our view needs to be expanding and open, not a sense of protecting what we have and getting more. When we have the courage to really look at our problems, to face directly into those things we would rather not look at because we are afraid of change, and want to stay with the same self-defeating behaviors, we see that we have been cowardly and selfish. No wonder we could not get along with others, we either want to avoid them or dominate them, neither of those attitudes are welcome for long from healthy people. When we begin to look honestly at ourselves and effect a change, which is difficult to do but not as difficult as continuing our destructive behavior, we begin feeling worthwhile, living with a sense of dignity and purpose in our lives.
We are hampered by fewer things for shorter periods of time. We need to continuously reinforce the newer view so as not to slip back into old harmful behaviors.
Do we make the effort, use kind speech, take the right action, have a practice, work with
contemplation and meditation on an ongoing basis so it becomes a welcome part of our lives?

The spiritual life is not a theory, you must LIVE it, and practice your view in all of your affairs. If you only “feel” the sunlight of the spirit in a recovery room or in your personal practice, yet in daily life practice
selfishness, aggression or remain ruled by fear, you have only picked up your foot but have not
taken a step. You feel unbalanced standing on one leg.
Living your view is not easy. It takes a lot of trying, succeeding and failing. But always with the dedication to continue.
This is your life, it is important. You have so much to grow into. To be able to give to others
because of your deeper understanding of suffering is the ultimate gift to others and yourself.
What an amazing blessing to be able to have this opportunity.

Our happiness and the happiness of those around us depend on our degree of Right View.
Touching reality deeply — knowing what is going on inside and outside of ourselves — is the way to liberate ourselves from the suffering that is caused by wrong perceptions. Right View is not an ideology, a system, or even a path. It is the insight we have into the reality of life, a living insight that fills us with understanding, peace, and love. (The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching.)
We are blessed to be in a place, in a time and around others where we CAN work on a positive change in our lives. This is a blessing that we may overlook because of our selfishness or fear, and it is a tremendous shame. You are worthy of the best and deserve a wonderful life, it is there for you!
It cannot be stressed strongly enough that the practice of mindfulness, or any approach to
meditation and contemplation, only becomes an effective instrument of liberation to the extent that it is founded upon and guided by right view.
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? ~Buddha

How do you fill your bucket? One drop at a time.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
“The great arises out of small things that are honored and cared for.”
Heart Of Recovery web site –