Feed the Right Wolf

Last week during our normal Heart of Recovery meeting, (Hint: Every Sunday at 6pm!!) this allegory was brought up during our open discussion: An old Cherokee was telling his grandson about the struggle that takes place within all of us. He said, ‘My son, the conflict is between two wolves that live inside us. One … Continue 

Perfectionism…you’re doing it wrong.

“To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest…” Pema Chödrön One thing that kept me from developing a daily practice of meditation was the notion that if I wasn’t already good (read: great) at something or didn’t know how to (magically) do it correctly right … Continue 

The Distraction Addiction

“We who are like senseless children Shrink from suffering, but love its causes.’ -Santideva Bodhicaryavatara   Best Selling Author and beloved Buddhist teacher Pema Chödrön speaks of them as ‘Dunzies’ – the mindless distractions that we engage and indulge ourselves in on a daily basis. The concept of going through life as though we were … Continue 

AA and the 11th Step – How to Meditate..?

For those of us in 12 Step Programs – Formal Meditation Practice is literally ‘part of the program.’ Spelled out in Step 11: ‘Sought Through Prayer and Meditation…’ But if you are anything like me – I sat for years nodding in the affirmative and being agreeable to the concept of meditation. I was certain it could and … Continue 

Buddhist Meditation for People in Recovery

These days, almost everyone is familiar with the concept of ‘Being in Recovery’ – whether it is by way of traditional 12 Step Programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Overeaters Anonymous or via individual therapists/counselors or even work sponsored Employee Assistance/Substance Abuse Treatment programs. There are also myriad life changes and situations that … Continue