Twelve years ago I sobered up and cleaned up.
Up to that point I was finding fulfillment through substances, and then the Twelve Steps guided me to meditation, which has now become the center of fulfillment and healing for me. It sustains me.
I just finished university for counseling and I realize there is only so far I can go in the work I do with people. Really, for sustaining change and holistic health, the qualities of meditation need to be brought forth. In the work I do, I aim to come from a place of intuition and grounding.
The Corpse Pose has become this huge gift for me as a practice to end all arguments in my mind. I can watch the capacity for compassionate understanding inside myself grow. A thought will come that creates pain and emotion, and I can sit with it and refine the emotion to a workable feeling.
I am learning to work with emotions where they don’t become the controlling force they have been in the past.
Photo: via Yasodhara Ashram