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The Faces of Meditation: Dru Peers

By Dru Peers I first heard about meditation over the radio. A Buddhist monk was talking about the mind being a “still forest pool” where many animals came to drink, but in itself is always calm. Suffering from acute existential angst at the time, I bought a DIY book on meditation and sat twice a day, every day, for half an hour. I am now a meditation teacher in the Celtic Buddhist tradition and more chilled about it. Meditation remains an excellent practice but I now know that it cannot by itself undo the ego. A replacement thought system...

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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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Sure, Sometimes I Contemplate Suicide {Trigger Warning}

  By John Lee Pendall “I wish there was a treaty we could sign I do not care who takes this bloody hill I’m angry and I’m tired all the time I wish there was a treaty Between your love and mine” -Leonard Cohen This is gonna be a rough article to read. But, maybe you know where I’m coming from and won’t feel so alone… I, I just don’t know anymore. Maybe this six-month winter is getting to me. I live in Illinois, so we’re used to the climate being relatively uninhabitable thanks to one extreme or another,...

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The Faces of Meditation: Rae McPherson

  By Rae McPherson I was first introduced to meditation nearly 10 years ago. Plagued with anxiety a psychologist introduced me to mindfulness and suggested a regular meditation practice to ease my troubled mind. At first it was too uncomfortable to “be” with my breath so I used guided meditation. Some days the anxious thoughts and their affects on my body made even that too uncomfortable. I found that combining mindful breathing with jewelry, and eventually Mala making, allowed me to build a practice that was creative and sustainable. I do a sitting practice and a walking practice as...

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