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Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction
Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction

Stay sober, safe, sane during the holidays

By Vimalasara on Fri, 20 Dec, 2013 - 02:35

Stay sober, safe, sane during the holidays

By Vimalasara on Fri, 20 Dec, 2013 - 02:35Plan Ahead - Stay clear of the bar areas. Get a non-alcoholic beverage, talk to friends, and keep a glass that is refreshed, that way a guest or friend will be less likely to get you a refill with real alcohol in it. If food is your addiction, stand away from tables that are piled up with food. Whatever your addiction is, you intuitively know what to do, trust your gut. It may mean staying at home, it may mean...
Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction
Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction

Complete course of 21 meditations for recovery

By Vimalasara on Mon, 9 Dec, 2013 - 07:10
We have posted all 21 meditations for you. Please use them to beneft yourself and or others. Be happy.




Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction
Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction

A loving kindness meditation

By Vimalasara on Sun, 8 Dec, 2013 - 04:36
‘There are never endings, only separations and new beginnings.’ Separations can be bumpy, and often we move away from the uncomfortable feelings by latching on to an old coping mechanism. Over these past three weeks you have hopefully begun to cultivate some positive coping mechanisms. You can always go back to some of your favourite meditations and listen to them. We give you this final meditation in this series, to set you up on track for your journey that will...
Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction
Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction

Just sitting with a gong bath

By Vimalasara on Sat, 7 Dec, 2013 - 05:38
Day 21 is a just sitting meditation with a gong bath. This is an opportunity to let go of making a lot of effort and just be with how you are now. In the meditation we sit or lie with a broad awareness. Making as little effort as possible, we allow thoughts, feelings and body sensations to arise and pass by like clouds passing through the sky. As we do that we can allow the sounds of the gong bath...
Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction
Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction

Help Us Share Eight Step Recovery With the World

By Centre Team on Fri, 6 Dec, 2013 - 21:57

Help Us Share Eight Step Recovery With the World

By Centre Team on Fri, 6 Dec, 2013 - 21:57We hope you enjoyed Valerie Mason-John and Dr. Paramabandhu Groves’ 21 Day Meditation for Recovery course. Some of you will be familiar with the expression 7th Tradition; in Buddhism we call this dana, which means ‘generosity’. If you have enjoyed this course, you can help in several ways.

Firstly, you can donate money which will help us spread the teachings of the Buddha and help finance the Eight Step Recovery tours in the United Kingdom and North...
Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction
Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction

Amtabha mantra

By Vimalasara on Fri, 6 Dec, 2013 - 06:05
Day 20 is the Amitabha mantra. Amitabha is a deep red archetypal Buddha. He is particularly associated with love and loving kindness, and with meditation. When we chant the Amitabha mantra you could imagine feeling connected to a great red sun of love and stillness; to the heartbeat of loving kindness. You could visualize or feel rays of ruby light streaming towards you and filling you with love, easing your suffering and stilling your heart and mind. The mantra is...
Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction
Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction

Mindfulness of breathing meditation

By Vimalasara on Thu, 5 Dec, 2013 - 05:25
Day 19 is a meditation on the breath, seeing the nature of thoughts. In the meditation we label our thoughts to help us disentangle from them and see their nature more clearly. When we catch ourselves caught up in our thoughts we can label it as thinking. This can help us let go of whatever it is we are caught up in. Have a day mind full of breath. The music has been composed by The Alaska None.
Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction
Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction

Green Tara

By Vimalasara on Wed, 4 Dec, 2013 - 06:20
Day 18 is the Green Tara mantra. Like Avalokitesvara, Tara is especially associated with compassion – the quintessence of compassion. Remember she was born from his tears. When we chant the Tara mantra we can feel that we are contacting deep compassion. This compassion may be expressed in tears, in the feeling of your heart opening up, in the painful or pleasureable tone of your thoughts. You may feel that you are feeling nothing at all - this is okay...
Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction
Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction

May you be peaceful

By Vimalasara on Tue, 3 Dec, 2013 - 05:20
Day 17 is a song meditation on loving kindness, using phrases that are often used in loving kindness meditation. Loving kindness has a strong element of liking. Sometimes we can love people but don’t actually like them. This sometimes happens in our families. We love our parents or siblings but realize we don’t actually like them.. But to like someone, is to take love deeper. That is loving kindness. To like is to open up and accept ourselves and others...
Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction
Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction

Ocean breath

By Vimalasara on Mon, 2 Dec, 2013 - 04:26
Day 16 is a meditation on breathing, in which we can think of the breath as a Higher Power. When we connect to the breath our lives can change without us trying to change it. Although the Buddhist tradition has no place for God as a creator divinity as understood by the theistic traditions, there is nevertheless a clear and definite understanding of a supra-personal dimension, an “Other Power” in Buddhism. The breath can act as the groundwork for connecting...

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