Recently I listened to a wonderful online seminar conference called Recovery 2.0. It was hosted by Tommy Rosen who is a yoga teacher and addiction recovery expert certified in both Hatha and Kundalini Yoga and Meditation. He is one of the pioneers in the burgeoning field of Yoga and Recovery, which utilizes yoga and meditation to help people overcome addictions and build fulfilling lives. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tommy-rosen/
I am finding a beauty and deep learning in addressing my addiction to wine. This conference collected over 30 speakers from the world of self help, psychology, science, Guru, yoga, and more, in order to offer wisdom to those seeking help and freedom from their addictions. The following is a stream of my responses and reactions to some of the speakers and the ideas that really moved me. It is also worth noting that much of this teaching is relevant to any and everyone regardless of facing an addiction or being in recovery.
The breath and Kundalini yoga came up a lot. So much so that I am starting it next week in Belfast and I can’t wait.
Beverley Berg relationship and addiction counsellor talked about getting curious with your romantic partner, you can have a new relationship every day – let’s act like we don’t know each other….we can’t assume we know each other. Be in the present. Some of her ideas were:
- If you’re with someone who you don’t think has your best interests in mind, you’re with the wrong person!
- Do you mistrust everyone?
- You can accept their feedback – not as criticism.
- Give your partner the benefit of the doubt!
- Where addiction is involved, betrayal follows
- In a long term relationship attraction ebbs and flows…We may not be attracted to each other…but this feeling will pass!! It will come back
- Community – The group is stronger than the addiction
The Addicted Brain: Insights From a Neuroscientist and Former Drug Addict with Dr. Marc Lewis
- compare what you get with the substance compared to what you get WITHOUT it.
- Switch one set of attractions for another!
Take Refuge: The Buddhist Path of Recovery
with Noah Levine
- ALL humans have an unquenchable thirst – craving – especially addicts – the intensity and extremity different for the addict
- HAVE A monastic experience
Meditations from The Mat and Along the Road of Recovery with Rolf Gates
- he lost the ability to worry! Through meditation
Women in Recovery: The Graceful Path of Recovery with Sukhdev Jackson
- kundalini yoga
- native American, chanting etc
Finding the True Path of Recovery: Moving from the Head to the Heart
with Guru Prem
learning to sit and listen, sit bones – listen to the earth – moves its energy up through their to the heart….
Cigarette addiction – breathing problem – smoking kills patience – damages your ability to have patience and wait and receive – smoking blowing out smoke – some of your darkest parts – exhaled – witnessing your subconscious blowing smoke
- “Consciousness is more caught that taught. Seek out places where healthier, happier, holier people congregate, they’re not going to come looking for you! Ask where can I be guided to go that I can get infected with better habits, with better behaviour” Guru Prem
- Rainbeau Mars
- Samael am iun the holy matrimony
- Mantrack chia
- Tantra Guru Singh He spoke of ‘The second Standing Up’. Thousands of years ago, the indiginous populations of Africa had over populated and there was no room and no food. The animals who had been four legged, were compelled to ‘stand up’ in order to seek out new territory and new food sources. We now need to evolve that dramatically. And it involves a spiritual and heart awakening.Consistency and adventure
- Mastin kipp – “addiction is a search for God”
The Sacred Chamber – Connecting with Your Highest Self with Jennifer McLean
She brought me through a guided meditation I talk about in another blog – “Softness” but the process was something like this:
- Feel your feelings, feel angry, I am angry, I am tired, claim what you are!!! Let the feelings be there and move through them!!
- Sacred chamber!! Soft and mossy, in the earth – warm, damp, deep, safe!!! Full of fire and light!
- What is my next step? It came to me as SOFTNESS.
- WOW! What is my next step? What does softness look like?
- How does it play out in my life? WOW
- I need softness in my life, less hardness and harshness!!! AMAZING
- Go to your scared chamber every day!!!!!!!
- Hand on heart, below and behind your heart!
Apologies for the abstract and short hand version of notes on this topic. I hope it makes sense somehow!
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Dr. Ellen Anne Burns is an actress, writer, mother, teacher, and student, not necessarily in that order. She was brought up in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is a Doctor of Applied Theatre. She believes in a holistic spiritual practice, involving meditation, self love and discovery, learning and practicing forgiveness, gratitude and love every day. Ellen wishes to support and guide others on their own journey of self and love. She is a mentor on Gabrielle Bernstein’s-HerFuture.com and is thrilled to be one of the founding members of The Daily Sisterhood Blog. If you wish to contact Ellen please message her here, and she will respond as soon as she can.