Fri, October 22: Buddhism, Meditation & Recovery Group Notes
How nice to have a group with which to meditate and discuss spiritual and recovery issues. I am grateful–thank you all for coming!
-I read from Darren Littlejohn’s The 12-Step Buddhist. http://the12stepbuddhist.com/ This is an excellent book not only to learn how to incorporate Buddhism into your recovery but also an excellent commentary on recovery and 12-step groups in general. Essential reading!
-“The Pebble” meditation came from The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh. I have found this little book an excellent way to remind myself of the basics of meditation as well as a useful resource to continue to deepen my meditation practice. To learn more about Thich Nhat Hanh, visit http://www.plumvillage.org/. Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the greatest living meditation masters, and has written a score of profound and accessible books on Buddhism and meditation.
-I ended the meeting with a quote by Rumi:
“The body is the instrument to calculate the astronomy of the spirit–
look into that astrolabe and become oceanic.”
All are welcome to the next group–Fridays from 6 to 7.
Feel free to bring your own spiritual/recovery/soulful material to read and share…
(There will be two 10 minute meditation sessions in the meeting–the remainder of the meeting is discussion and sharing.)