Fri, October 22: Buddhism, Meditation & Recovery Group Notes

October 23, 2010

How nice to have a group with which to meditate and discuss spiritual and recovery issues.  I am grateful–thank you all for coming!

Group notes:

-I read from Darren Littlejohn’s The 12-Step Buddhist.  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  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.)