Category: Addiction & Recovery

Compassionate Recovery: A Vision for an Alternative to Addiction & Recovery

  By Darren Littlejohn The number one principle of Compassionate Recovery (CR) is to love ourselves and others. As addicts or attached persons, most of us will need to train our hearts and minds to do this. The main purpose of the program is to enable individuals to love themselves enough. Enough to get clean, to build a life, to believe in oneself, to choose healthy behaviors and relationships. To educate oneself, to care for oneself and to develop as beings on the planet. Compassionate Recovery (CR) is open to anyone who identifies as having attachments or addictions, at...

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The Fifth Precept: Meditation is Not About Getting High (and Why I Don’t)

By Alex Chong Do Thompson This year, I did something a little different for New Year’s Eve. Instead of partying with friends or sitting quietly at home, I took part in a 6-day silent meditation retreat at Buddhist Insights in Rockaway Beach, NY. The practice was led by Bhante Suddhaso, a Theravadan monk, and it was incredible. For six days I didn’t speak, use my cell phone, or eat more than two meals a day. Instead, I did work practice, meditated for six hours a day, and listened to Bhante give lectures on Buddhist sutras. It was a challenging...

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Cigarette Moments: Glamorizing the Culture of Use

  By Debbie Lynn …And as the outcasts in dark corners shutter in pain, the world keeps spinning I will never glamorize the things that are dark and unhealthy. The underbelly of society is nasty place to dwell; it is a rebellious, an anti-social and a destructive life that exists out there, yet few have witnessed at its core. Smokey enclosures, tapping the vein, white and black powder, just a few ways to escape. Erratic movements, calculated words, and the slyness of deceit to get a fix, a smoke, or to find solace in a soulless body…it’s all there....

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Living Satya: No Lies, Your Practice is Truth

  By Darren Littlejohn In traditional recovery literature, it’s said that we’re as sick as our secrets. To integrate with our deepest selves, we need to learn how to uncover and be present in our truth and to speak it, live it and work with it in our lives on the planet with other beings, each with their own truths and lies. Jordan Petersen, the internet-famous Clinical Psychologist, says that to be able to articulate our truth is perhaps the most vital skill we can have. We can’t live in fear of rocking the boat, tipping the scales or...

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Getting Back on the Cushion…and the Wagon

  By Tyler Lewke In times of desperation, I’ve climbed the steps to temples and churches, therapist’s offices and 12 step groups, wisdom circles and countless spaces seeking peace from the struggles and the happiness I thought was promised. I show up hungry for stillness—peace—seeking refuge from life’s torrents. With pain as fuel, I keep coming back, again and again. Like drinking from a well until finally my thirst is quenched. The spiritual lessons I’ve gained within the confines of these holy spaces give me the courage to go back out into the world. I walk slowly at first—peek...

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