Heart of Recovery Meditation Group
Wednesdays at Eagle Rock Center
Tuesdays at Westside Center - New weekly gathering starting March 10th!
(7:30pm – 9pm)
Free and open to the public. No meditation experience necessary. Meditation instruction will always be available for those who wish.
The Heart of Recovery is a meditation and sharing support group with the purpose of bringing together the practice of meditation, the Shambhala and Buddhist teachings, and the Twelve Steps of Recovery with the goal of integrating the basic sanity of the Dharma and the basic goodness of meditation with our commitment to abstinence. We welcome all those who wish to share in these common interests.
There are no requirements to our meetings
We welcome all Buddhist and meditation practitioners from all traditions, Twelve Step practitioners from all programs and/or anyone struggling with addiction. We find that our group is a very mix bunch that come from many different backgrounds. We get people from AA, NA, OA, MA, and Al-Alon as well as people with no 12 step affiliation. The common factor is that addiction has touched all of us in way or another and now we are looking for some way to understand what that means.
The format of this meeting is a 20-minute guided meditation, a reading and group discussion followed by announcements, and a brief closing meditation and Dedication of the Merit. We will close about 9 PM.
Though we do not claim to be a 12 step meeting we do follow some of their traditions such no cross talking during the meeting, keep your shares to personal experiences and please keep the anonymity of the individuals attending the group. For more information email the group’s coordinator at email@example.com.
Our group reads from the following list of books. Books are not required to attend the meeting:
One Breath At A Time by Kevin Griffin
Taking A Leap by Pema Chodron
When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron
Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Books can be purchased at our Center’s bookstore.
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A Heart of Recovery Story
Click here to read a recent blog post written by one of the group’s coordinator about his experience with the Heart of Recovery Group.
“Sobriety is finding a new way of living that involves engagement where there was withdrawal; generosity where there was self-centeredness; community where there was isolation; joy where there was bitterness; trust where there was cynicism.”
– Kevin Griffin, One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps